Long-time post office advocate Ralph Nader has written a long letter to Congressman Darrell Issa expressing "deep concern" over Issa's Postal Reform Act of 2013.
"Many of the provisions that you have included in this bill," writes Nader, "would do significant harm to the U.S. Postal Service, which is not in as dire a situation as many in the media and in Congress have claimed. You continue to ignore one of the largest single contributors to the USPS's current financial condition: the Congressional mandate that the USPS prefund its retirees' health benefits for the next 75 years in a ten-year time frame. This is an unreasonable burdend faced by no other government agency or private corporation."
Nader goes on to discuss the $50-$75 billion overpayment to the CSRS pension plan (which Issa insists on calling a "myth"), the end of door-to-door delivery in Issa's bill, the human value of having postal workers keeping on an eye on homes, and much else. It's a great letter. Read more.