An Open Letter in Support of the U.S. Postal Service

DENVER, COLORADO - August 17, 2009 - President Obama, in a town hall meeting on August 11th, 2009, made some disparaging remarks about the U.S. Postal Service in an attempt to support his health care plan. President Obama stated, "I mean, if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It's the Post Office that's always having problems."

No, Mr. President, the Post Office is not always having problems. And I believe sir, that you owe the fine men and women of the U.S. Postal Service an apology.

No one offers a better value than the U.S. Postal Service when it comes to shipping to Hawaii, Alaska and U.S. Territories. Having lived in Hawaii for 5 years, I know the challenges people face in finding affordable package delivery from mainland merchants. For Hawaii, Alaska and U.S. Territory residents, oftentimes the cost of shipping a package via UPS or FedEx can cost more than the item itself. I'm surprised you don't have more empathy, Mr. President. After all, you were born in Hawaii.

Millions of businesses, like my package forwarding company, Aloha Forwarding, depend heavily upon the USPS to deliver products to customers at an affordable price. All of our packages have always been delivered in a timely manner and the Postal Service has never lost any of our packages.

I'm sure I speak for a lot of people when I express my disappointment in President Obama disparaging the U.S. Postal Service in order to make a political point. The U.S. Postal Service is an incredible value that saves a lot of people a lot of money. For example, a 2-pound package shipped from the mainland to Hawaii costs about $38 via UPS. That same package shipped via Priority Mail is only $8.70.

The mail services provided by the U.S. Postal Service allows many people to receive items that are difficult to obtain locally, at an affordable price. Without the Postal Service, for many, their cost of living would go up while their standard of living would go down. In these tough economic times, that is the last thing the President should want.

As a businessman who would literally be out of business if it weren't for the Postal Service, I would like to express my continued support for the men and women of the U.S. Postal Service. Their hard work helps make my business a success.

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Darrell Houghton
President, Aloha Forwarding

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