Letter to Congressman Ron Paul

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Dear
Congressman Paul:

I
am writing to you because you are the only libertarian member of
Congress, and I am a fellow libertarian. As you know, the Post Office
has a monopoly of certain classes of mail delivery, thanks to the
private letter statutes, which were enacted more than 150 years
ago to thwart competition.

I
am a New York City resident and can attest to the deterioration
in local mail delivery that has occurred since Sept. 11, even compared
to the mediocre service before that date. Yesterday, for the second
time this month, there was no mail delivery at all in this neighborhood
(and of course no delivery on "President's Day"), and
today the carrier is running late. Maybe he'll arrive in time for
dinner.

The
excuse the local manager used when I called is that the regular
carrier is on "light duty" because of carpel tunnel syndrome,
and that there are not enough experienced people to replace him.
He also mentioned the anthrax problem, even though that hasn't been
in the news for weeks, except for the chronicle of efforts to catch
the perpetrators. This is annoying but I have no recourse because
of the postal monopoly. It's not like I can go across the street
for better service.

My
question is, would it be possible for you to introduce legislation
in Congress repealing the private letter statutes and allowing competition
in mail delivery? Even if only as a symbolic gesture, this would
send a badly needed message not only to our elected public officials,
but also to the hapless customers of the Post Office, many of whom
are yearning for better service. Thank you for you efforts on behalf
of liberty.

Yours
in (imperiled) liberty,
Bill
Stepp

February
21, 2002

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