First of all I am a postal employee. The Washington Post editorial writer had alot of interesting statistics about the decline in first-class mail volume and he is pretty much right, it is declining. Misinformation and missing information is the order of the day in alot of editorials. Despite modern forms of communication 2006 was the highest volume year in the history of the Post Office, so the economy has to be a major factor in the decline in volume. Recent editorials fail to mention our other Postal products besides first-class mail. Our express mail and 2-3day service is almost half the price of some of our competitors prices. Our union employees make less money then one of our privately owned competitors so our salaries aren’t driving up the prices. My pension is a thrift savings plan that is dependent on the stock market. We all see how great that’s doing for everybody. Privitazation in the ultra slick Swiss Post style that was mentioned works in a country of 8million like Switzerland. In England (pop. 51 million) privatization has driven up prices for individuals and small business and has threatened universal delivery. No universal delivery in the U.S. would mean black spots on the map were there would be no delivery or drastically increased rates. In a bad economy don’t you want the best price? Editorial writers enthusiastic about privatization never mention that the post-office beats the competition in alot of areas.