I was disappointed in the Herald’s recent editorial about budget problems in the U.S. Postal Service. You did not mention the actual reason for the difficulties they are having.

In 2006, Congress mandated that the Postal Service was required to pre-fund health care obligations at the cost of billions every year. This mandate is the reason that the U.S. Postal Service has gone from making small profits to operating with deficits since 2006 when this legislation was passed. No other federal agency or any private organization is required to pre-pay health care costs for employees. The cost of stamps has little to do with these huge deficits.

Louis DeJoy, the head of the U. S. Postal Service, has instituted changes that don’t address the real problem while reducing services to the public.

Ell-Piret Multer, Grand Forks

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