To the editor:

Some negative comments about the United States Postal Service written by a Rev. Trehearne were printed in your paper. I've tried to reach Rev. Trehearne because I would truly like more facts on legitimate problems he has had with his mail service so we can correct them, but he is not in our phone directory or listed with telephone information.In response to his allegations about how we compare with postal systems around the world, we handle the highest volume of mail of any country. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service delivers more mail than the rest of the world combined. Not only do we handle huge volumes (153.9 billion pieces last year), we transport it for greater distances and at a much lower cost than do most free world countries.

The German postal system, which Rev. Trehearne says is the best in the world, charges 45 cents (in U.S. money) for their first ounce of first-class mail, compared with the U.S. rate of 25 cents.

Our employees are concerned, dedicated people. When a customer has problems with mail delivery, we need to know so we can correct them. The first place to contact is your local post office, but you can also contact the Postal Service's Salt Lake City Consumer Affairs Office at 974-2961. Doing so will help us provide you with the best service possible.

Bill Nebeker

Consumer Affairs Representative

United State's Postal Service