The irony is that the Postal Service already has set aside $47 billion for future retiree health benefits - enough to pay these benefits for decades, something no other company can say.
Of the $15.9 billion in fiscal 2012 losses you cite, a small fraction - $2.4 billion - stems from mail delivery. That's down by more than half from fiscal 2011, as the improving economy begins to boost postal finances.
Rather than rushing through a flawed bill in a lame-duck session, the new Congress should start over in January and fix pre-funding.
That would alleviate the crisis atmosphere, letting the postal community focus on developing a forward-looking plan.
Opportunities abound. Although more folks pay bills online, they're also ordering goods online. This exploding e-commerce market already is increasing Postal Service revenue - by 8.7 percent in fiscal 2012 - as even FedEx and UPS turn to its highly efficient network to deliver their packages.
Under a program President George W. Bush began and President Obama continues, letter carriers - of whom one-quarter are military veterans - have voluntarily trained to deliver medicines to residents in several metropolitan areas in event of a biological attack.
The "Carrier Alert" program protects the elderly and disabled living alone.
Letter carriers annually conduct the country's largest single-day food drive, replenishing food banks nationwide - all without a dime of taxpayer money.
It's critical to small businesses, which employ 305,711 West Virginians. It anchors a $1.3 trillion mailing industry providing 7.5 million private-sector jobs - 42,420 in West Virginia.
For 200 years, the Postal Service has faced technological innovations such as the telephone and fax machine, emerging stronger each time.
If lawmakers address pre-funding - rather than reducing services to Americans and their businesses - postal authorities can do so once again.
Rolando is president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.