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We must fight to keep six-day mail delivery

The News’ tongue–in-cheek mention about Canada being more progressive than the United States because it went to the metric system in the ’70s, has had national health insurance for its citizens for decades and is now getting rid of the penny because it costs more than it’s worth was largely correct. Canada is a wonderful country with great people, and is generally more progressive in its policies of maintaining a just and civil society.

However, I disagree in regard to our friends to the north dropping Saturday mail service in 1969. First of all, the United States handles so much more mail than Canada, it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges. And dropping six-day delivery has hurt the Canadian postal service.

It’s not a progressive move to start dismantling the incredible communication and delivery network that has been built in the United States. A truly progressive society would take this efficient and comprehensive network serving every home and business six days per week and expand the services that are offered to its people.

Americans can be very resistant to change. The health care system and the penny are great examples. But we don’t need to fix a six-day delivery system that isn’t broken. This is the kind of change we should fight to stop. The prime change that’s needed is for the federal government to stop raiding the coffers of the Postal Service, and allow it to keep its own money. The Postal Service doesn’t cost the American taxpayers a cent, but the payback to the people is enormous.

Robert W. Herdlein Jr.

Cheektowaga