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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 03, 2014 5:00 AM

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Postal Service and savings

In response to the June 30 op-ed entitled “Keeping the Postal Service Alive,” the U.S. Postal Service appreciates the support of The Daily Iowan but wants to take this opportunity to clarify the Postal Service’s proposal to move from the current six-day mail delivery system to five days a week. 

The Postal Service relies solely on the sale of stamps and postal services, and not taxpayers’ dollars, to fund its operations. The organization continues to face systematic financial challenges because it has a business model that does not allow it to adapt to changes in the marketplace. The service does not have the legal authority to make the fundamental changes that are necessary to achieve long-term financial stability. Under the modified delivery schedule, Post Offices would remain open on Saturdays and mail would continue to be delivered to Post Office Boxes Monday through Saturday.

It’s also important to point out that six-day package delivery to all addresses, including rural addresses, would continue to support small business in rural towns.

By implementing a six-day package, five-day mail delivery schedule, the Postal Service expects to save approximately $1.9 billion annually once fully implemented. By restructuring the delivery operations, the Postal Service can take significant steps toward returning the organization to financial stability.

Just as the development of rural delivery allowed us to shift our course and meet the service needs of a changing American landscape, our support for five-day mail, six-day package service gives us the fullest opportunity to preserve our mission of service for the next generation.

Stacy St. John
Iowa City postmaster


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