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Fri, May 15th, 2009
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?

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