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End Saturday mail delivery

As a retired Postal Inspector (1970-96) I had to laugh at Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s offer to help the U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to cut costs and “remain viable,” as reported in a recent edition.

The Postal Service needs to cut high-paying costs. I spent eight years with my team doing complex financial, service, vehicle and maintenance audits and most of our cost-saving findings were never implemented.

The new PMG should stop Saturday delivery of mail. All my Saturday mail is only utility bills, tax bills and junk mail that can arrive on Monday without any problems.

Elimination of useless Saturday delivery would grossly reduce USPS costs. Currently, all carrier delivery is a long list of confusing non-scheduled days. Elimination of Saturday mail delivery would mean all letter carriers would work Monday to Friday and a 16 percent carrier force cost goes away.

In the 1990s, the USPS created a level of high-cost supervision that created high paying jobs in postal districts. Those high paying folks never sorted one piece of lesser mail volume. Yet all district people enjoyed having government cars and freely commuted to work on USPS dollars.

Are you listening, Mr. Postmaster General?

In the early 1990s, I saw my first email and saw USPS folks were being replaced. No government money should go to USPS anymore than government money should have gone to buggy makers, harness makers and whip makers when Henry Ford rolled his first Model T off his assembly line.

The USPS can, and should “cut the fat.” I tried and lost with my endless audit reports. I know USPS has yet to “cut the fat.”

The first 16.3 percent begins with the end of useless Saturday delivery!

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