Postal Service too important to get rid of

Farm Forum

It’s about time to weigh in on one of the national controversies. The U.S. Postal Service has finally gone and done it, and it is disgusting, to say the least.

Stopping Saturday mail delivery has gone over the edge in good judgment and taken away a bit of what makes America great. Whatever happened to the saying “the mail must go through”? For a long time, mail delivery has been a stalwart, and now we begin to see the end of this always-reliable institution.

Troubles abound, and perhaps it is about time our country’s leaders decide the post office will never break even and make it just another expenditure of our national budget. There is just too much competition with the Internet, and folks just are not using the post office like they used to.

It is high time that we stop trying to make the postal service a money-making endeavor and recognize it for what it is. It is a public service and it is a vital public service where service should never be compromised or cut.

Consider it like the Federal Aviation’s air traffic control system. It never shows profit and yet provides something essential to the safe flow of air traffic.

What is vital to our society, and what is of the utmost importance to our way of life? The U.S. mail remains one of these important facets of our society. Cutting back on service to make the bottom line look better is noble, but it is futile. Our nation’s leaders might just as well take action to subsidize our mail system. They must be anyway while trying to fill the huge gap made by horrific losses over the past few years.

One of the mainstays of our democracy and our wonderful way of life here is the U.S. mail. This is so vital to everyone, and to begin to erode this magnificent system is an abomination. Stopping Saturday mail delivery is an irrational act by many people’s opinion.

Our nation cannot remain for long without the full services offered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Either we will just have to keep subsidizing it or turn it all over to a private company, which will require subsidies as well. It is a dilemma, but not one without answers.

We must deal with this tremendous shortfall. With the cutback in federal spending, it looks as if there will have to be further cutbacks. It’s time to allow the U.S. Postal Service to remain fluid, even if it loses money every year. There is just no going back to those good old days when a postcard cost a penny and a Coke was a dime.

It is time for America to change. Our post office is, and always should be, a full service entity and able to fully serve the citizens of our United States of America.

Nuff said.

Gerald “Jerry” Krueger is a retired educator, coach, commercial pilot and farmer. Write him at His column publishes Mondays.