The Postal Service: A service Americans should appreciate


January 10, 2018

A good deal of misinformation circulates about the U.S. Postal Service; some unfortunately contained in two Jan. 2 commentary pieces published on these pages. I appreciate the opportunity to provide some facts and context.

First, the broad picture. The Postal Service, which doesn’t use a dime of taxpayer money for its operations (by law it earns its revenue) provides Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network.

Based in the Constitution, USPS delivers to 155 million addresses six and even seven days a week, delivering 47 percent of the world’s mail. An average of 3,748 new addresses are added daily to the country’s only universal delivery network.

The Postal Service is the core of the $1.4 trillion national mailing industry, which employs 7 million Americans in the private sector.


It is the largest civilian employer of military veterans — more than 113,000 grace the postal workforce – with the proportion of letter carriers wearing their second uniform three times higher than it is in the general population.

Those are the facts, all of them easily verifiable.


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Joy Scarborough

*should* appreciate. Some people do, some don’t, until they go without mail for a couple of days because of a natural disaster. Well, they still don’t appreciate it, but they do notice it’s not there.

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