It was announced that effective July 1, postal rates are going up an average of over 7%, including an increase of 13% for Priority Mail. I'm sure most of you have read about the PO's financial woes of the last couple of years, during which it has lost billions of dollars. It's a little perplexing how they lost so much soon, as they were hugely profitable (billions per year) just a few years ago. E-mail, often used an an excuse, was already in full swing during the profitable years, and the explosion of eBay vastly increased the number of small packages shipped. But for some reason the PO went from a great business to a terrible business overnight. And like the airlines' plight, the PO's problems were in evidence before Sept. 11. Wouldn't it make more sense to look at cutting costs instead of raising rates? My solution: cut out one day of delivery (or more). It wouldn't bother me at all if Saturday (or, say, Wednesday) service were eliminated. Or, reduce door-to-door delivery and make people pick up their mail from a central location. I think raising rates will probably accelerate the switch to better alternatives and leave the PO in even worse shape.