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2/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Don't go postal on USPS

Rep. Darryl Issa would destroy our United States Postal Service, established by our Constitution and vital to our nation for two centuries. He would - here comes the Republican buzzword - privatize mail delivery, turning it over to huge GOP donors and lobbyists Fed-Ex, UPS and maybe some pet local start-ups.

The USPS has been required to run as a self-funded government business and is of no cost to the U.S. government. The Postal Service was running well until the lame-duck GOP Congress of 2006 passed a sneaky little bill that required it to fund 70 years of pensions in 10 years. No other government business or pension fund has ever had this requirement. Why is the GOP so hot to wreck this so-important American institution?

A few reasons are: breaking the postal workers union, the ability to give this service to moneyed and lobbied-up donors, and "smaller government" - even though this is an independent business that does not affect our debt or deficit.

Our Congressmen must stop this attack on the Postal Service and pass HR 1351, which repeals the ridiculous 2006 bill, saves our postal service and stops this evil game plan.

Write/call/email your congressmen and tell them to save the post office.

Danny Baker

Kingman






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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Frank in Kingman

I had the opportunity to live overseas for a year and I can tell you that no matter how dysfunctional everyone thinks the postal system is here, try living in another country.
When you come home, you'll shake the hand of first postman you see. You don't know how good something is until you don't have it.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: my two-bits added

I think the USPS would be on a more solid footing if they didn't give support to the Olympics and do so much advertising on TV/radio. I get tired of hearing "if it fits, it ships."

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Good Post

Good points. While the USPS is no longer completely self sufficient as they used to be (through no fault of their own), they still cost the government far far less then any other agency.

I too feel that the USPS should stay in business as safe, reliable, and consistent mail service is one of the American staples. I like the fact that interfering with ones mail is a federal offense, and I like the fact that - as someone else said - I can send mail across the country in a matter of days for mere cents.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Great letter Danny. I couldn't agree more. They should be able to pay for there pension like the rest of govt. This was a Republican dirty trick. Their goal is to shut govt. down any way they can. I agree with V stokes just put the price where they can keep it open and working like it is and be done with it. Go price UPS or other competition and you'll quickly see what a bargin it is. Who they should be charging more is all the junk mail business mail. They are the ones making out like bandits.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"If the postal service wasn't so freaking incompetent, they wouldn't be broke."

Do a little research. Find me another postal service anywhere in the world (in a country even close to our size) who will pick up a letter from your personal mailbox and deliver it 2000 miles away to another personal mailbox in an average of 3 days. And all that for $.45?

In Canada that will cost $.72 and normally run 4-5 days. And that's between the major cities.

Personally, I wish (along with the bill mentioned here) that they would just raise the rate to $.50 and be done with it. These penny or 2 changes are ridiculous....jump it 5 cents at a time.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“If the postal service wasn't so freaking incompetent, they wouldn't be broke...”

Please explain how an organization that provides service to every hamlet in the nation by delivering a letter for less than fifty-cents can be considered as incompetent? The problem lies in Darrell Issa pushing through – during a lame-duck session – a requirement that the USPS fund 75 years worth of pension benefits. THAT is the problem


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"And no Bob Moore. I believe the wealthiest would be your own John Kerry"

You would both be wrong, it is Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas. Kerry and Issa are 2nd and 3rd.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

If the postal service wasn't so freaking incompetent, they wouldn't be broke..but we can say that about obozo too can't we?

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Darryl Issa is one of my heroes! One of the rare few that stands up against evil in our government.

And no Bob Moore. I believe the wealthiest would be your own John Kerry - you know, the one who testified that we were doing all these terrible things in Vietnam, all of which later was deemed completely false even though he testified under oath.

So we have rewarded his lies with this new position. No surprise there.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Wickerd

Excellent letter Danny, the truth is that the USPS is better run than most corporations and has unfair requirements, specifically, the congress does not want them to be competitive with private postal services, but at the same time, criticize them for not being competitive.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Excellent letter DB! Issa, one of, if not the richest, sleaze in Congress has set out to destroy the Constitutionally mandated Postal Serve that would have posted billion dollar level profits each year if it were not for this ridiculous pension funding scheme.

I expect to see the usual suspects show up here to complain about the USPS and tell us that it needs to be done away with. Those would be the same people who tell us we must honor every word of the Constitution. Of course none of them will explain why they would like to pay $14 plus to ship their mortgage or utility payments.

Everyone should write their members of Congress and demand the passage of HR1351 to preserve the postal service.



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