A couple of weeks ago, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote a piece entitled "Playing Post Office," in which see played "Let's fix the Postal Servce." Needless to say, she didn't know what she was talking about.
But her piece got John Flattery, president of Central MA Area Local APWU motivated to write a well-informed and lucid editorial about postal reform. In just a few hundred words, it defines the problem — the prefunding mandate, not the Internet — and explains the simple solution — end the mandate. The Postal Service's approach of cutting services just drives away billions of dollars of business.
"If Congress does nothing else this year they must get rid of this ill-conceived pre-funding requirement and move forward with sensible postal reform. But a rush to cut services and slow down the mail is not the sensible way for the Postal Service to survive," writes Flattery. Read more.