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Maurice Labens, guest columnist: Beleaguered Postal Service still impresses

Maurice Labens, guest columnist: Beleaguered Postal Service still impresses

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I read complaints about the U.S. Postal Service quite often. That they annually lose extremely large sums of money has long been the major complaint. However, recently they started sending our mail to Austin and Fort Worth to be sorted and, in many cases, to be sent right back to Waco for delivery.

This often causes some delay in receiving local mail. On the surface, these certainly are legitimate complaints. After all, the cost of postage stamps keeps going up.

We all know the USPS loses money. Then again, the only government agency that has a positive cash flow seems to be the Internal Revenue Service. Every other federal agency loses money. The Postal Service is the only agency that generates some significant income to help pay expenses. That too has been under attack by the electronic world with people increasingly sending emails instead of writing letters. This diminishes the income that the USPS receives, adding to its deficit. This would be unavoidable even with better management (if such is even available).

Because the USPS is constantly being asked to reduce that deficit, it’s taken drastic cost-cutting measures which have consequently led to sending Waco’s mail out of town for processing. This results in a loss of jobs and some delay in receiving local mail.

On July 22 at 2:30 p.m. I spoke to Larry Holze at the city of Waco’s public information office, requesting a copy of a DVD they had made. In his normally accommodating manner, Holze said that he would send it to me. At 3:30 p.m. the mail was picked up at City Hall. On July 23 at 10:30 a.m. that DVD was delivered to my Waco home. This was because of the diligent service of Larry Holze and the USPS.

I too complain when the price of postage stamps increases. But then I stop and think, “If I wanted to send a letter to Hawaii, I could put it in the mail and it would cost me about 50 cents.”

No other government service can provide that benefit. I couldn’t take a check from my house to downtown Waco for 50 cents.

Retired businessman Maurice Labens is a former Waco City Council member.

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