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Letters to the Editor

Postal service

September 17, 2011

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To the editor:

The Lecompton post office is open for the present. If it will be open after the next USPS review or lease renewal is an open question. One hopes Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins’ staff’s assessment that the Lecompton post office does not meet the USPS’ own criteria for closing is correct. USPS’ only response has been, “It is under review.”

The first two steps USPS usually makes before closure have occurred: failure to replace the retired Lecompton postmaster and transferring the rural routes for ZIP code 66050 to Perry. The Lecompton carriers were given 10 days to accept the transfer because their jobs were being “excessed,” or being terminated. The term used by USPS, “excessed,” is curious inasmuch as the carriers were moved to Perry but continue to serve the same Lecompton routes.

USPS inefficiencies do not occur at the local post offices scheduled to be closed. Yet, there are no indications that USPS plans to eliminate middle or upper management positions. Instead, USPS management chooses to eliminate or reduce service and increase inconvenience to their captive customer.

USPS was given exclusive rights to deliver first-class mail under the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. Yet, it has managed to create a deficit of $7 billion to $8 billion for 2011. This is an indictment of upper management.

USPS is governed by the postmaster general and two separate six member commissions, all appointed by the president, subject to Senate confirmation. Otherwise, USPS is not accountable to the U.S. government. Further, USPS claims to be exempt from most requirements of the Freedom of Information Act! How can that be possible?

Comments

jayhawxrok 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm pretty sick of the LeCompton whiners. The services provided by USPS are used less an less as technology advances. Postal workers have long been overpaid for what they do but you don't see them ever making concessions to keep a nonprofitable office open. If the LeCompton office isn't efficient and isn't profitable it should be closed and the people should just get over it and be glad they only have 3 miles to get to the nearest PO if they need it.

average 3 years, 2 months ago

The USPS was 'privatized' in 1970. But, they aren't allowed to set their rates without approval from a politically-appointed rate board. Which is why postal rates in the US are cheaper than domestic mail rates in Mexico, Peru, or Turkey (no, really, look it up), let alone European countries where it's roughly a dollar to send a letter from one side of Belgium to the other.

In a sane world, they'd set their prices at their actual costs (.65-.70 for a first-class letter). Volumes would drop from the current levels (so there would still need to be more layoffs), but they wouldn't be losing money on every piece. Oh, and they wouldn't be forced to prepay for retiree health for people 70 years from now, a requirement pushed on no other corporation or government bureau in the world.

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