(Editor's note: The headline of this letter to the editor was changed to accurately reflect the opinion of the writer.)

Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service would result in higher rates and reduced services to the people of America, especially in Idaho. The Postal Service operates on a nonprofit basis, serving everyone no matter where they live or work. Congress must act quickly to abolish the unreasonable and burdensome pre-funding congressional mandate to pre-fund retirees health benefits 75 years into the future, at $5.4 billion a year.

Let’s work together to preserve a public Postal Service that will benefit us all.

John Paige

Pocatello