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Shouldn’t Postmaster General know the cost of mailing a package?

Scott Robert Shaw

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In business, companies tend to be most successful when they are run by experts in their field. Too bad it is not the same in politics. Presidents make their own selections to run federal agencies, often not by their level of expertise, but the size of their political contributions. We have an Education Secretary who never attended a public school and a Secretary of Interior who is more interested in opening the nation’s wilderness to drilling than protecting it. Then there is the Postmaster General, called to testify on Capitol Hill about mail delays and concerns about absentee ballots. Forget about whether removing mailboxes and dismantling sorting machines was done to impact the outcome of the election.  It was clear from his testimony that Louis DeJoy knows very little about the postal business. When pressed, he admitted he is not aware of the cost of mailing a postcard. Similarly, he admitted he doesn’t know what it costs to send a package first class. In his own words, the Postmaster General said “I’ll submit that I know very little about the postage stamp.” But yet he is running the company. Wouldn’t we be better off if we had real experts in charge? Someone who at least knows what it costs to mail a package?

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Randu Hubert

    September 1, 2020 at 7:26 am

    No they don’t. They need to know how to hire and supervise team members to run a profitable business. This has not been the case for the Post Office. The Post Office business model has changed. Change or go out of business like any other company.

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