Thank the USPS, send a card

Despite rate increase after rate increase over the past several years, sending a letter across the country at a cost of two quarters still qualifies as a bargain.

Especially when neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night keeps postal carriers from completing their appointed rounds.

That 50-cent cost and other delivery charges paid by postal customers large (such as Amazon) and small bring in enough revenue to cover current USPS expenses. The postal service’s long-term expenses — particularly retiree benefits — are another matter, however, and because of government-dictated accounting, recent financial statements show the postal service lost about $2.7 billion in 2017, and its unfunded liabilities are approaching $125 billion.

So knowing that branch closings — carried out by the hundreds nationwide in recent years to help improve the bottom line — always loom, we find ourselves less concerned where a branch is located than whether one exists at all. …

With the issues facing the U.S. Postal Service today, an open branch, wherever it’s located, is reason to be thankful. Send a card. By mail.

— The Canton Repository

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