Postal Woes

THE UNITED States Postal Service’s decision to pay more than half a million dollars to a firm to assess the future of stamps doesn’t rate a stamp of approval from many people.

That’s similar to a person struggling with finances going out to buy a Mercedes.

Reuters reports the Postal Service will pay $565,769 to Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve to provide “analysis and recommendation on the future of stamps.” The company is expected to provide recommendations this month about ways to slow the decline in the usage of stamps.

The Postal Service makes more money from stamps than any other part of its business but stamp sales are dropping drastically as more Americans are paying bills online.

GRANTED, the lack of finances made cutbacks necessary in the Postal Service just as this problem has affected others.

Using some common sense, Postal Service authorities should look for ways to provide better and more dependable service.

Just last month, it took a piece of first-class mail more than a week to move from Barnesville to Martins Ferry.

It was mailed on a Tuesday afternoon to go out in that day’s mail, and it didn’t arrive in Martins Ferry until Thursday of the following week. (And it hadn’t been missent to another location.)

The agency should follow the inscription on the New York City Post Office, adapted from Herodotus: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

U.S. REP. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican heading the subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, said the mail carrier should be focusing on other priorities than this analysis, according to Reuters.

“While small in terms of the overall crisis USPS faces, this certainly seems like a poor use of its limited funds,” he said in regard to the BrainReserve contract.

It’s been reported that the Postal Service is expected to seek an emergency rate increase on stamps beyond the annual rate of inflation.

JUST as all of us wish we had some better decisions in the past, it’s obvious that the Postal Service also erred in that direction.

Let’s just hope that its decisions in the future don’t continue to be a case of locking the barn door after the horse is stolen.