Contrary to your editorial (Sept. 17), the idea of ending the U.S. Postal Service monopoly in the carriage of first-class mail (letters) is an idea whose time is long overdue and many thoughtful people support Federal Trade Commission Chairman James C. Miller III in his advocacy of it.
I was one of a group of authors who did a major study of the Post Office published in the Southern California Law Review in 1969 and have been an interested observer since. It was obvious then, and still is, that repeal of the law that makes it a crime to compete with the Postal Service would be of great benefit to mail service consumers, to taxpayers and to many little people, including minorities, who would jump at the opportunity to go into the mail messenger business.
Competition in other areas has brought improvements for consumers and in producer efficiency. Airline and trucking deregulation have both caused rate reduction (while fuel costs increased) and improved service. New companies responded to new opportunities to provide truck and air service not only in large markets, but also in small communities that older established companies had not served previously. Competition with the Postal Service has been allowed in the parcel-carrying marketplace, resulting in a number of companies providing superior parcel service at lower cost in more communities than the Postal Service.