I have worked for various federal agencies over the last 36 years and am retiring Oct 30th. My last job is repairing mail sorting equpiment for the US Postal Service. It would be interesting to get your perspective on its future. The Postal Service must get certain legislation through Congress soon (some before the end of Sept) to survive. The three major pieces of legislation are: 1. Go to five day delivery. 2. Give the Postal Service the authority to close small town post offices not producing revenue and/or consolidate plants and branches that give duplicate service. 3. Give the Postal Service monetary relief for three years in the form of lessening the payment to the fund that finances the health care premiums of future retirees. They would have to make it up the next three years. None of these would cost any tax dollars. What do you think? Do you like the Postal Service? Should it survive? Do you object to five day delivery or the other pieces of legislation? The three main reasons for the downturn in volume are the economy, internet communication and bill paying, and antiquated management and labor unions. For example, in private industry, the ratio of manager to worker is 21 to 1. At the Postal Service, it is 9 to 1. Pay and benefits need to be reformed, as it is 70% of the postal budget. One other point. If the postal service ceases to exist, it is not just the 600,000 postal jobs. The jobs that depend on the Postal Service amounts to a few million. Any comments appreciated.