U.S. Postal Service Watch: "It seems there is a push to privatize every possible service run by the government."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Saturday mail — and red ink," Editorial, April 11

The Times minimizes the need for Saturday delivery and glosses over one of the biggest culprits for the U.S. Postal Service's financial troubles: the responsibility for retiree benefits. The Postal Service is required by federal law to pre-fund retiree benefits, a burden that isn't placed on any other organization and costs it billions of dollars a year.

Not everyone uses email, and the private delivery companies are much more expensive than the Postal Service. It seems there is a push to privatize every possible service run by the government.

Sue Roediger

Alhambra

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Agreed: The U.S. Postal Service doesn't exist mainly to provide jobs. But providing pretty good jobs is an excellent reason to maintain the service and six-day-a-week delivery.

A few days before this editorial was published, The Times ran grim reports on the declining quality of private-sector jobs. Where will good jobs for the average worker come from if not government employment?

Frank Stricker

Gardena

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The problem with getting rid of Saturday delivery is that the letter carriers would have to deliver six days' worth of mail in five. I don't know about your postal carrier, but ours is overloaded and overworked already. Last Monday he delivered our mail at 9 p.m., which isn't uncommon.

Steve Paskay

Los Angeles

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  • http://twitter.com/SteelCowboy44 Steel Cowboy

    Just imagine what mail for profit would be like and what postage will cost if the GOP succeeds. look at our Health Care Costs.