Fast Focus: 'Should the postal service stop Saturday delivery to save money?' Federal strangulation

April 7, 2013 

From what I have read about this situation, USPS wouldn't actually close on Saturday, but just suspend the delivery of personal mail to the public at their residences in an effort to save some money. Personally, I feel that is no big deal.

That aside, it is my opinion that this, too, is a problem created for USPS by our federal government. Why? Because of the feds' new requirement for USPS to pay an annual (yearly) 'pre-payment' of $5.5 billion to pay for expected medical benefits for USPS retirees.

I'm sorry, but that sounds like extortion to me, as I have no doubt that our government would find ways to "borrow" from it just as they have from Social Security.

Most businesses handle that cost on a pay-as-you-go basis. The pre-payment doesn't make sense to me. But then, our government isn't big on using common sense, is it?

-- VICKI CLEGHORN, Burbank

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