Posted Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 6:20 PM
By Victoria Talbot
It was a little more than two years ago that the Courier began to report on the sad state of the Beverly Hills Post Office. Our office had not received mail for days. Soon, we discovered that the problem was systemic, Beverly Hills’ own dirty little secret. There were problems right here, in our City.
The USPS is a federal office, authorized in the first article of the United States Constitution. However, throughout the 1980s, the United States Congress took away federal subsidies and demanded that the USPS act as a private business. It is, thus, a monopoly on the mail that enjoys freedom from any competition, but cannot turn a profit. By federal law, it must fund pensions and benefits 75 years into the future, a task unrivaled in the corporate world. The USPS lost $5.5 billion in 2014.
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