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Time to fix Postal Service



Congress has plenty on its plate these days. The wars in Ukraine and Gaza and keeping the U.S. government funded are clear priorities. But one issue that has gone overlooked for too long is the need to fix the United States Postal Service. The USPS is not a government agency, but relies heavily on government funding. Just last year Congress approved $50 billion in funding for the post office. But still our postal system isn’t delivering mail in a timely fashion. Staffing shortages are widespread, and carriers are overworked. It is not an efficient system. It takes longer and longer for mail to arrive to our homes, if it arrives at all. I can go days with an empty mailbox. What I do get largely ends up in the trash. I just returned from a weeklong vacation and when I returned I pulled three issues of my favorite weekly magazine from my mailbox. The most recent issue, and the two previous ones, which likely sat in St. Paul for much of the week before finally getting sent to La Crosse. Even though there isn’t much to the mail these days, many people still rely on it to pay their monthly bills, to receive their prescription medications and of course the holiday packages. We deserve better. Congress should solve the most pressing problems, but also make the long overdue reform of the Postal Service a priority.

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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  1. Greg Symons

    November 27, 2023 at 5:41 am

    You’re right that the Post Office has always been inefficient. Taking on delivery of Amazon has only made things worse. Amazon is given priority over other mail to satisfy the delivery commitments that the Postal service has agreed to to keep the contract. The fee for delivering Amazon is below the rate charged by other carriers, which takes away from the Post Office’s ability to stay in the black. Another example of government inefficiency.

  2. Walden

    November 27, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    OK, so let’s put these bureaucrats in charge of healthcare, too. What could go wrong?

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