LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA-MARCH 14, 2020-A postal worker delivers mail in Torrance, wearing a mask and gloves. he said he had been wearing the mask for about a week. 

It came to light this week that the United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) is about to go under due to a lack of government funding, as well as the losses that most businesses have felt during the coronavirus outbreak.

It has been said by the postmaster general, Megan Brennan, that the Postal Service will run out of money by the end of this fiscal year, meaning that by September the agency may be bankrupt.

The U.S.P.S.’s financial struggle comes as no surprise, with their obligation to make a $5.5 billion payment to the government in order to fund future retirees. This statute affects no other government agency or private mailing service.

This forcing of the Postal Office to pay ridiculously large fees is an attempt to defund the service to a point where it can be reshaped into a private business, which would completely change the format of the agency.

The Postal Service cannot be allowed to fail during the coronavirus outbreak. It serves essential functions for Americans across the country, and if it were to be lost, the impact would be felt by all.

The Postal Service helps guarantee that certain products, such as prescriptions, can be delivered to homes. This lowers the amount of face-to-face interaction that goes on, which is paramount during a pandemic.

The Postal Service, if it were to go bankrupt by September, would also not be able to assist with mail-in voting, which may be on the rise this year due to the coronavirus. People should be more inclined to use absentee voting as a substitute to avoid going out, but without the Postal Service, some may have to risk their lives in order to fulfill their civic duty.

The Postal Service is constantly ranking high among its peers in every gallup poll about government agencies and public opinion. Sadly, the public love for the agency has not had any major effect on the way that the Postal Service is run.

The United States Government and Accountability Office found that the Postal Service, over the past 11 fiscal years, has lost $69 billion. The study also found that with each passing fiscal year, the expenses of the U.S.P.S. have grown more than their revenue.

President Trump has denied funding for the U.S.P.S. during the coronavirus, according to the Washington Post. He instead insists that charging higher rates for private companies like Amazon or eBay would be the correct route for saving the agency.

This line of thinking would just push these private businesses into alternatives, such as UPS or FedEx, taking even more revenue away from the Postal Service due to the loss of business. Charging higher rates for companies would also hurt the consumer, with services costing more money so that these businesses may continue to enjoy revenue.

The proper route for saving the Postal Service and the 600,000 people that it employs is by having the government fund it through a stimulus bill during the coronavirus outbreak in order to guarantee that it still is able to function throughout the end of the year.

Once the coronavirus outbreak is under control globally, and life returns to a semi-normal way of being, longer-term solutions can be explored, such as restructuring the way that the U.S.P.S. repays its debts.

As the amount of physical mail continues to drop as the world modernizes, it is important to remember some of the essential services that the Postal Service provides for Americans, and why it is an important, and essential, government agency.

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