Barbara J. Mathias: Stamp out falsities

March 10, 2013 

Stamp out falsities

I am distressed that A.C. Snow said in his March 3 column that getting rid of Saturday mail saves $2 billion a year of taxpayer money. The USPS has not directly received taxpayer dollars since the early 1980s.

Since 2006 when Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which mandated $5.5 billion per year to be paid into the account to pre-fund retiree health care for 75 years into the future, the USPS has had fiscal difficulty. This is the main reason the USPS is having financial trouble now.

Please tell the people the truth. The USPS is an important and necessary department that has been around since 1775. It does not receive funding from the U.S. government, and dismissal of the Postal Accountability Act, not dismissal of Saturday delivery, would help solve the problem.

Barbara Mathias, Chapel Hill

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