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Letter to the editor: Post office has been set up to fail

By Rick Newton, Warrenton, Thursday, April 1, 2021

When I recently read an article about financial institutions adapting their payment processes to the new slower mail, it reminded me of my December experience.

It is in no way the fault of the postal employees; we have been spoiled by really good mail service in the past. Now you need to allow several extra days for deliveries.

I ordered some meds from my physician in Lake Oswego in mid-December. First Class mail of my small package took eight days to arrive in Warrenton from Lake Oswego. At about the same time, I mailed a three-day priority pack to my daughter in Alaska, and it took 11 days. Christmas cards sent to the grandkids took 21 days to be delivered.

Current modernizations to our mail service have not had good results, and the Postal Service, and only the Postal Service, still is being strangled by a government-mandated employment accounting program that sets them up to fail.

When the push for privatization of the U.S. Postal Service appears, as it will, please remember how well Enron did when California power was privatized.

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