Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

March 13, 2013

Wasteful spending by USPS

—  

Editor:

I would like to touch on the recent decision by the United States Postal Service to terminate deliveries and various operations on Saturdays.

I find this approach of attempting to save money and cut costs to be an insult. For a great many years, I have witnessed, as I am sure the vast majority of the American public has, the millions of dollars being wasted needlessly by the USPS, and now they want the American public/taxpayers to accept less due to their incompetence. Let's take a look at just a few of those examples:

1. Sponsoring of bicycle race teams to travel all over the world to compete;

2. Sponsorship of race car teams to travel all over the world to compete;

3. Sponsorship of airplane racing teams to travel all over the world to compete;

4. Sponsorship of motorcycle race teams to travel all over the world to compete;

5. Needless TV, magazine, newspaper, etc., commercials that tell us of information and news services that could be read at the post office or mailed out. If it is mailed, they sure wouldn't have to pay postage and the cost of printing would certainly be offset by the eliminated cost of all the aforementioned.

The USPS is just one example and department of our government that spends recklessly, foolishly and sometimes corruptly, and when it finally comes back to bite them in the tail, they expect us to bite the bullet in whatever way they come up with to attempt repair!

Politicians/elected officials, when are you all going to do what you were hired to do? (again, to reiterate, you are all only hired to help and are accountable to the electorate — not the other way around) and that is to look out for your constituents best interests and the interests of this great country. I submitted a letter to the editor once and cc'd a copy to the USPS approximately nine years ago warning something like this occurring and touched on why our postal rates continually increase while monies were being spent for such needless things as mentioned.

Text Only
Opinion
  • I signed what? When Dr. Sam said, "You've got the prostate of a 16-year-old," it was hard to keep from beaming. This must be how a woman feels when a complete stranger tells her she has a beautiful baby. Well, maybe not quite. Still, it was hard not to feel proud o

    April 19, 2014

  • Obamacare's winning numbers Obamacare's critics have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans. Y

    April 19, 2014

  • The rise of big data: A double-edged sword Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns

    April 19, 2014

  • Only love can re-make your heart Was Jeb Bush right to insert love into a political debate? Such was the gist of a question I was asked on talk radio in response to the former Florida governor's assertion that some immigrants come into the United States illegally as an "act of love.

    April 18, 2014

  • Stop big tobacco from promoting e-cigarettes The tobacco industry is sharply raising spending on advertisements and other marketing for electronic cigarettes to try to make smoking glamorous again and hook a new generation of Americans on nicotine. We shouldn't let them get away with it. If adu

    April 18, 2014

  • A mental health checkup The country's inadequate mental health system gets the most attention after instances of mass violence of the sort that the nation has seen repeatedly over the past few months. Not all who commit these sorts of atrocities are mentally ill, but many h

    April 18, 2014

  • Your new password: sur**nder Have you changed your passwords since the security flaw known as Heartbleed emerged? Have you made sure they're all long, alphanumeric and randomized? Did you use a unique one for every site -- every bank account, every e- mail address, every music-s

    April 17, 2014

  • Hillary leans on Bill, Obama Recently Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as Secretary of State. The short version is, she doesn't have one. But Clinton's words make a lot

    April 17, 2014

  • If GOP lost culture war, liberals did, too The "culture wars" have been a feature of American politics for almost a century, but recently a number of commentators have declared their end. Conservatives have lost, swept aside by a wave of enthusiasm for marriage equality and sexualized mass cu

    April 17, 2014

  • Cable guys too slow with Internet upgrade Remember the good-old 1990s, when you could make a pot of coffee while waiting for the screeching dial-up modem to connect to the Internet at a leisurely 9.6 kilobits per second? Two decades later, the average American household's connection is 1,000

    April 16, 2014

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks