Letter: Repeal postal act

April 9, 2013


To the editor:

On March 28, a letter from Mid-America District Manager Gail Hendrix was published in response to local Letter Carrier President Andy Tuttle. Her letter said nothing to refute Andy’s, only mimicking the headquarters line.

Unstated in both is that a primary cause for the U.S. Postal Service’s financial problems is the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. This legislation imposes a $5 billion yearly tax. The reason given for this onerous tax is to pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years. This is notably unnecessary because 1) since 2006, we have dropped 174,000 career employees, 2) in 2010, Congress passed the Health Care Affordability Act, and 3) no other business has this requirement.

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe announced, “The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented.” This leaves a $3 billion annual shortfall. Therefore, elimination of Saturday delivery will not solve our problem.

What will solve the problem? Repeal the requirements of the 2006 PAEA and return the funds already paid by the USPS. This can only be done through Congress. Public support is needed for proposed legislation. Legislators need to hear that American citizens deserve and require universal service, six days a week at current rates. You could even let them know by sending a letter.


Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 2 months ago

With the kind of service we now have, I doubt a letter would even get there in readable condition. The postal service destroys about 1/2 of all the magazines we get, and many of the letters have a half moon shaped cut at the bottom. I do agree, that tax for future health benefits is ridiculous and should be repealed. If it isn't, the postal service will never get out of the red and we will continue to get less service.

tomatogrower 5 years, 2 months ago

Wow, what did you do to piss off your mailman?

frank regnier 5 years, 2 months ago

Brad states some good points. But, the 2006 PAEA is still only part of the problem. The 2006 PAEA definitely needs to be reassessed and tailored to today's current employee/retiree rolls. This would be a great start in saving the USPS. But again, this is only part of the problem and this alone cannot save the USPS. The 5 day delivery would also help the USPS out of the red. The combination of the two and "cutting upper management fat" would be a great start!

frank regnier 5 years, 2 months ago

Well state your facts then! I guess first class mail volume has not gone down over the last decade either? I guess fuel has not gone up either? Also, explain to the public just how profitable it is to have carriers working mandatory overtime and working their days off is profitable and healthy for the employees. I don't think the public is this naive! Only reason,,,,really? Give us a break!

Centerville 5 years, 2 months ago

True, Obamacare will make it more expensive to be retired, as so far $741 billion has been taken out of the Medicare fund to pay the HHS bar bill.

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