The issues of the Postal Service are several, and a number of them are NOT in their control, thanks to the US Congress.The majority of mail now is junk mail, which is billed at lower rates. If the USPS had the option to charge through the nose for junk, it would solve their funding problem overnight (and undoubtedly reduce the junk mail load!). Congress, heavily lobbied by FedEx, UPS, etc., has essentially forbidden the USPS from competing as well as they certainly could.Contrary to the stereotype, the Postal Service is extraordinarily efficient and capable. For well under a dollar you can sent a letter from Maine to Hawaii – over 5,000 miles. Try doing THAT with FedEx.