I am writing about two issues that I heard about on the news March 24.
No. 1 is about the airlines and how much they made with all of the extra charges, such as for luggage. They made $9 billion. That is absolutely ridiculous. They will get whatever the traffic will bear. If the public is willing to pay it, they will continue to make that money. Maybe people should look into train travel.
The airlines also charge $150 to change a ticket. There is one airline that doesn't charge those extra fees. That is Southwest Airlines. They seem to make it OK. They have to pay for jet fuel the same as the rest of the airlines. All it is is pure and simple greed. That $150 fee for changing a ticket is terrible. Sometimes people's plans change for various reasons. How much effort is it to change a ticket? Maybe five minutes or less.
The other item on the news was about the U.S. Postal Service. They are going to close about 8,000 post offices around the country because they are several million dollars in the red. If the U.S. Postal Service would put a stop to these cut-rate postage rates, they wouldn't be in the red. What I'm referring to is those companies that don't pay 44 cents a letter. They pay about 35 cents.
A couple of years ago when I got my tax bill from Mohave County, they didn't pay any postage. Look how many companies there are in this country that are getting a cut rate on their postage. That all adds up. It is no wonder that the Postal Service is in the red. When they close those 8,000 post offices, there will be more people out of work. This country doesn't need any more unemployment.
Ronney L. Case