The U.S. Postal Service whines, and whines, and whines some more. It whines, in fact, far better than it delivers mail.
The price of a first class stamp is now forty-nine cents. That means a dollar will buy just two - with two pennies left over in change. When I was a lad, admittedly several years ago, the nation went into collective shock when the government raised the price of a first class stamp from three to four cents. And now it is forty-nine cents to mail a single letter!
That is one reason the USPS went to the concept of "forever" stamps. There is no price printed on those stamps, and few consumers actually know exactly how much they are paying to use the archaic snail mail system.
The postal service whines that people are abandoning the national mail system in favor of email and commercial package services. People whine back that the postal service is expensive, hard to access, slow, and did I mention expensive?
I'm sure that the postal service is under-staffed and overworked. I live on a rural route and have my mail delivered six-days-a-week to a mailbox that sits along the edge of my front yard. The poor dear who brings the mail arrives anywhere between three p.m. and dark. Saturday appears to be her hardest day, and if she gets much slower I will be enjoying the rare treat of Sunday mail delivery.
Why can't something as important as the country's mail system be adequately funded and run in an efficient manner? Why can't it be completely government funded - like war, or funded through advertisements (junk mail) like commercial radio and television?
Of course the postal service customer base is shrinking. Some people have to eat, after all.