Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Nick Wygant loads up a mail truck on the busiest mailing day of the year at the post office in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

According to the news, the Post Office is going bankrupt, is needing to increase costs of first class mail and is needing to decrease deliveries. As usual, the government has things backwards.

Instead of all of the above, let's flip the costs of first class mail to the category of bulk mail and increase the cost of bulk mail to first class. In six weeks time (from November to December), I received 60 requests for donations. Some of these requests included gifts, such as calendars, address labels, greeting cards, nickles, note pads, etc. (incentives to make me feel guilty if I don't respond with a cash donation).

During the same six weeks, I received 56 catalogs. Now we all know catalogs weigh more, take more space and require more personnel for handling, yet the cost is much less than a little thin first class envelope. Companies not only pay less for postage, but they get a rake off on taxes — it's called a business expense.

Congress should flip the postage costs and save the Post Office.

Lynne Jansen