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.