2011-08-05 / Letters

Alternatives To PO Loss

Dear Editor,

There are alternatives to “Peninsula May Lose Two Post Offices” (Nicholas Briano – July 29) concerning recent announcements that up to five United States Post Office branches in Queens, including Arverne and Rockaway Beach, along with Astoria, Hollis and Rosedale may be closed. Consider untapped revenue sources available to avoid operating deficits and perhaps even turn a small profit. The U.S. Postal Service could sell advertising space on the sides of mailboxes, inside and outside the post offices along with the small jeeps, regular trucks and heavy duty long haul larger trucks. Sell off some of the valuable real estate and move to less expensive locations.

Why not join banks and fast food restaurants who sublet space at Wal Mart and other big box stores to open smaller post offices? Generate both revenue and customers by subletting excess capacity at underutilized post offices to other private sector businesses. License corporations to sponsor stamps for a fee. Have elected officials pay the real full costs for their annoying frequent bulk rate mailings to constituents. They are nothing more than free re-election campaign brochures subsidized by taxpayers. Charge the full price for all junk mail. Future increases in the price of stamps should be directly tied to inflation and annual consumer price index. Why not apply free enterprise solutions to provide a more cost effective product and reduce deficits?

LARRY PENNER

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