Postmaster: Money woes behind emergency 3-cent rate hike request

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    Unfortunately, the free market won't work to replace the Post Office because it is required to deliver mail to EVERY corner of the nation per the Constitution, something that even FedEx and UPS don't do, simply because it isn't profitable. Interestingly, both carriers use the Post Office to deliver to places that they won't... Here in Logan, I've seen UPS literally drop packages off at the Post Office to serve some remote parts of Cache Valley!

    Some "out of the box" thinking is needed to make the Post Office pay -- from partnering with Google and other Internet companies to update Google maps and GPS services regularly (given that postal trucks travel every road in America six days a week) to installing surveillance equipment on trucks to test air quality (for everything from climate change to locating crack houses and terrorist bomb labs) to placing ads on mail trucks to becoming advertising consultants for local direct mail services. The Post Office could create new income streams to pay for its Constitutionally-mandated services.

  • sg newhall, CA
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    It's time to rid the country of the post office. Privatize it and move on. It is apparent, like any other mismanaged government agency, department, that the government wastes more money and continues to pour funds into the black hole. Enough.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    I'm shocked that a quasi-govt run agency that is burdened with union baggage is failing miserably. Just shocked.