The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

February 11, 2013

Other Views: Decision hits hard

Just a week after raising the price of first-class postage, the U.S. Postal Service announced it will eliminate Saturday mail delivery in August.

It’s a move that could still be averted if Congress steps in with some authority, but it appears the $2 billion in projected savings will override the inconvenience of service interruption for longtime loyal customers.

Residents and businesses that have come to depend on receiving what first-class mail that is left are being asked to sacrifice to make up for the Postal Service’s lack of foresight in worker benefit liabilities and other financial areas.

The Postal Service has already closed many rural post offices in recent years, eliminating a large slice of community life in those small towns. This decision will also affect many newspapers that have come to rely on the mail for delivery.

Those newspapers also must deal with a Postal Service that gives preferred mailing rates to large, bulk mailers that then undercut newspapers with advertisers and their printed circulars.

We believe other options are available and ask that Congress and the Postal Service seek a  solution that doesn’t penalize some of the mail’s best, most loyal customers.

 — The Norman Transcript, Norman, Okla.

 

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  • Our View.jpg Our View: No need for No. 9

    “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?”

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  • Your View: ‘Right to Farm’ is wrong

    On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.

    July 29, 2014

  • Your View: No on Amendment 7

    The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.

    July 29, 2014

  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue

    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

    July 29, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: Symptom of bad policy

    The Obama administration continues to be surprised and shocked when its policies of good intentions suddenly meet the hard reality of unintended consequences.

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  • Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground'

    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View; Makes no sense

    Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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