In northwest Iowa we rely on the U.S. Postal Service to deliver letters in timely fashion and for a decent price. However, it is becoming more clear that the organization is struggling to meet this mission to provide good service to all no matter where they live.

In recent months as rural mail service has declined, the Postal Service has advanced new areas of business that are mainly focused on their customers on the East and West coasts. What's worse is that they have yet to figure out what these new directions mean for their bottom line. Such information is very important in helping the agency find the best ways to address its dismal fiscal standing.

The rural areas of Iowa already have enough to worry about, and everyone in our towns certainly shouldn't have to add bad mail service and further postal center closures to the list. Fixing the Postal Service will be a steady process in employing better management and making sure there is sufficient oversight.

When the Presidential candidates talk about overall government reform, let's hope they also focus on the Postal Service and finding the right changes to make it more efficient and sustainable.

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