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Edit: USPS Convenience Trumps Cost

It's no secret the U.S. Postal Service is a money pit. It has been losing billions of dollars annually for years. For the first three months of this year, it has lost a reported $1.9 billion. There are many factors contributing to the growing debt: competition from other delivery services; emails are instantaneous and can be received and sent from all manner of devices; a cumbersome bureaucracy; a mandate to fill a pension fund; smaller, unnecessary post offices; and delivery procedures that no longer make sense. Various solutions have been suggested, debated, amended, studied and, in most cases, rejected or shelved until later. A few years ago, a good case was made to phase out Saturday deliveries, a move that would have saved hundreds of millions of dollars. Saturday deliveries continue, however, and Congress seems reluctant to budge/Murf Raquet, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Our government wastes billions and billions of dollars per day. If nothing else, we get mail on Saturdays -- and I'm OK with the cost for it. How about you?

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