Letter to the editor: Postal Service needs to stay owned by citizens

This time of year around the Veterans Day holiday, we hear a lot of praise for the military men and women who have served their country. As a veteran, I appreciate that thanks.

Even more important to me is having a good job and being able to take care of my family.

The U.S. Postal Service is among the best employers for hiring veterans and providing the opportunity for veterans to come home to a good union job. Veterans make up about 20 percent of the Postal Service workforce. That is more than 100,000 of us. I wish more employers followed this example.

But some big corporations and politicians in Washington want to do the opposite. They are pushing to sell off the Postal Service to private corporations. That’s a sellout of veterans like me and my family.

These companies won’t deliver mail to all the 157 million addresses that the Postal Service does with universal service six, and now sometimes seven, days a week. Private companies would only provide postal services where a profit can be made. Everyone else will be out of luck.

To all our elected leaders: Keep the Postal Service operating just as it is —- owned by the people of this country with equal service to all, no matter who we are or where we live –– all without using a dime of taxpayer money. And keep your promises to America’s veterans.

Bob Wentzel

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USPS Wins Approval for Largest-Ever Price Increase for Stamps

November 13, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator on Tuesday approved the largest-ever price increase for the cost of a stamp, cementing a 10 percent spike to bring the price tag for sending a letter to 55 cents.

The Postal Regulatory Commission approved the jump after determining the Postal Service’s proposal complied with requirements, such as ensuring any price surge is not more than inflation. Prices will increase across the agency’s offerings by an average of 2.5 percent, the inflationary cap.

Individual offerings, such as the stamp for regular, first-class mail, will outpace that rate. Packages sent as Priority Mail will see costs rise by 5.9 percent, while Priority Mail Express will have 3.9 percent higher rates. The new prices will go into effect Jan. 27.

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