Postal Service criticism was unfair, uninformed
Charles Lane of the Washington Post wrote in the Nov. 11 Viewpoints section that uninvited messengers show up at households across America to deliver unsolicited items that are not wanted. He of course was belittling the post office and its employees.
What about personal letters, birthday cards, get well wishes, etc.? What about devastating storms such as Sandy and Katrina, where electricity was unavailable for long periods of time?
Sure, technology is eating into the paper society in which we live, but we are not yet in the Jetsons’ futuristic time.
Using Lane’s logic, by now every home should have a garbage disposal to eliminate 90 percent of waste that sanitation workers must pick up weekly. Every paycheck, whether from Social Security or a private company, should be mandated sent to the recipient’s bank account to eliminate more paper and bank teller jobs. Newspapers, such as the Washington Post, should be eliminated and forced to be only online.
To denigrate the entire Postal Service and all of its employees, whether union or not, is totally unfair and uninformed. To wit, compare the cost of a first-class letter sent in the United States to any other country in the world and your eyes would bulge out. Also, if the “monopoly” he references did not exist and private companies competed or took over the mail service, what would the cost be to send a first-class letter from New York to the Yukon in Alaska?
Yes, changes are needed to improve the postal system, as well as all government services, but Lane certainly does not have the answers.