"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 4:56:30, May 22nd 2015 - Shame on you - "A gun is an instrument of death. It is designed for one purpose, to k ... [Read More]
- 1:35:20, May 22nd 2015 - Michael - As a Navy veteran I salute Ron Scheevel for his service and sacrifice in Vi ... [Read More]
- 12:48:16, May 22nd 2015 - Kim Wentworth - a couple of points in response. the NRA has had a long history in gu ... [Read More]
- 11:57:35, May 22nd 2015 - RogerClegg - Re felon voting: Glad this bill failed. If you aren’t willing to fo ... [Read More]
- 12:15:00, May 20th 2015 - Shorty - Makes me feel pretty old when I read about people I knew. I would like to ... [Read More]
- 11:34:36, May 20th 2015 - SV80 - To Future: I can empathize with your regarding Hawkeye63. He exhibits all t ... [Read More]
- 12:49:06, May 19th 2015 - future - @Hawkeye63 My entire argument has been based on legal civil rights argument ... [Read More]
- 7:22:50, May 19th 2015 - hawkeye63 - There you have it fellow citizens, I sure hope America is paying attentio ... [Read More]
- 6:06:44, May 18th 2015 - Redhorse51 - Thank you for a great read. Like an addicting mini-series, I could not ... [Read More]
- 7:26:03, May 17th 2015 - future - @Hawkeye63 I'm going to address your post per sentence to make it clearer ... [Read More]
Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Commentary
Posted in Commentary
It's not often that we'll have two editorial cartoons on these fashionably sequenced pages, but today is a special treat.
OK, let's not get carried away. Just relax and keep the excitement to yourself.
The reason for two toons relates to the timeliness of the subject matter.
First, I'll dig on the United States Postal Service.
With the May 11 postage hike, roughly 4.67%, should we be concerned? Yes.
Why? Several reasons.
1) In 2006, I interviewed the Post Master of the Platteville, Wis. U.S. Post Office location, and she indicated a law was passed to enable the U.S.P.S. to increase rates once per year, every year -- but not more than the rate of inflation. What about decreasing the prices based on the rate of deflation? I'm being facetious, of course.
2) This Post Master also shared with me that the small boxy trucks that most larger cities utilize for delivering mail to homes and businesses get six miles-per-gallon. Yes, those little buggers are gas hogs. Would a private business owner make that same decision?
3) The U.S. Postal Service is a monopoly. Contrary to their opinion, they are. Think about it. FedEx and UPS can delivery packages, but they can't compete in daily bulk mail delivery or other arenas controlled by the U.S. Postal Service. I'm not saying there would be any efficiencies with all delivery companies competing at the same level as the U.S.P.S..
However, my general concern is complacency. When you've been the 'King of the Hill' for so long, such as the U.S.P.S., what is the motivation to improve their efficiency and customer service?
Based on my calculations including an anticipated annual average increase of 4.67%, you can count on postage increasing to $1.00 by 2027. I also figured the same rate of inflation for wages, so a person making $30,000 per year now should be making a little over $68,000 per year in 2027 -- so you can buy more stamps!
Don't get me wrong, stamps are still cheaper than driving to each business to personally deliver your monthly bill payments.
It would need to be a full-time job for me.
However, I think they can create efficiencies that save consumers some money.
OK, on to my second, much shorter, dig.
What is going on with Brett Favre -- again?
Seriously, I am a Minnesota Vikings fan, and will be forever. I have had respect for Favre over the years, but recent rumblings of Favre dressing in purple really make me lose respect for him.
I'd say the same thing for Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana and now Brett Favre. You maintain lifelong respect of the fans when you retire with the team where you established years of success. Is it about money?