US Postal Service

Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on September 23, 2011

Question(s)

1.  To what news item does this cartoon refer?

2.  Do you agree with the cartoonist’s assertion that private companies and the internet will replace the necessity of the postal service? Explain your answer.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
























Answer(s)

1.  The U.S. Postal Service, which lost $8.5 billion last year, has proposed a number of radical changes to keep its business afloat, including cutting Saturday mail delivery and closing thousands of post offices. (From usatoday.com)

[Congress is considering four competing bills that would generally grant the USPS the flexibility to end Saturday mail deliveries, close post offices based on market conditions and recalculate how much it pays annually into federal retirement, health-care and workers’ compensation funds – from azcentral.com.]

2.  Opinion question. Answers vary.