I am writing in response to a letter which was printed on March 15, 2013.
This letter addressed the announcement from the USPS in February that they intended to eliminate six day delivery except for parcels and express mail. This change was originally expected to take effect on Aug. 5. The USPS has now announced they have backed off this plan and are willing to continue six day delivery.
Even though they have saved six day delivery right now, behind the scenes, the USPS continues to dismantle the postal network. Since 2012, the USPS has closed a third of the mail processing centers and has now announced that another 71 processing plants have been slated for closure. These closures hit close to home. The plant in Effingham has already been hit and have now received notice of the loss of their hub. Now Centralia and Carbondale are on the accelerated closing list. Dismantling the mail network does nothing but hurt workers and consumers and our communities.
But in reality, it is Congress that is “killing” the United States Postal Service. The Postal Service Protection Act gets to the heart of the USPS economic troubles. These troubles have cut jobs, cut service and affected our communities. This legislation would fix the USPS financial crisis by ending a mandate requiring pre-funding 75 year’s worth of future retiree benefits, a burden no other government agency or private company bears. This relief would and could re-establish delivery standards and keep our mail processing plants open.
Not one red cent of taxpayer money goes to fund the USPS. The USPS is funded by the purchase of stamps and services. America needs its postal service. Congress must reject privatization of the USPS. Even in a still weak economy, the USPS generated $65 billion worth of business in 2012. The time for action is now. Congress was back in session this week and new co-sponsors have signed on to HR 630 and S316, the Postal Service Protection Act. All concerned members of our community need to contact their congress person and demand postal reform.