After reading the letter published Feb. 7, regarding the cost of sending a $10 gift to Germany at a cost of $47, I felt compelled to ask the following questions: The first question I have is, why would anyone spend nearly five times the cost of a gift for shipping? Wouldn't a gift card have been more efficient? Secondly, I wonder why one of USPS' competitors wasn't considered. I would bet they were more expensive. Thirdly, why should the USPS be held responsible for the poor service afforded the mail once it reaches the destination office in a foreign country? Perhaps the writer would be in favor of turning the USPS over to a private corporation like Solyndra, A123 Battery, General Motors, Chrysler Corp or any of the other poorly managed businesses that were bailed out, or received subsidies from the taxpayers-then went bankrupt and gave their CEOs' a large bonus at taxpayers' expense. Perhaps we could allow the 11 million illegal immigrants or the recipients of government entitlement programs deliver the mail. After all, they are already being subsidized by the taxpayers. By all means, don't let the current administration have it. They can't even run the "Cash for Clunkers" program successfully.
I agree that the USPS has many problems, most of which can be attributed to poor management. The majority of the employees are very dedicated, hard working people that would be happy to complete their daily assignments without a manager following them around and harassing them at every opportunity. I believe the USPS would do much better if they permitted the employees to become shareholders and therefore be responsible for their success or failure. I am sure upper management would take a closer look at their operation knowing their decisions would affect them as well as the shareholders. Poor performance would no longer be rewarded and bad managers would not be promoted or transferred to another facility to continue their assaults on a new group of dedicated employees.