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February 11, 2014

Help save the USPS

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

To the editor:

Congress fails to realize that the United States Postal System (USPS) is the centerpiece of a $1.3 trillion U.S. Mailing industry that employs 7.5 million private sector workers nationwide; 114,212 alone in Kentucky.

The Postal Service is the baseline of America’s communication systems. It provides the common denominator which treats every individual the same. Every person, regardless of race, creed, color or nationality, can mail a letter to any address in the country for the same price. Everyone gets the same service and at the most affordable price in the world. You can communicate with family friends or business in a reliable and timely manner. Internationally, a first-class stamp will cost you between 55 cents and $1.75. Even at 49 cents, Americans are still getting a bargain delivered to their door or mailbox and in a timely manner.

So why have politicians crippled America’s most trusted government agency? Why have they buried the Postal Service in billions of dollars in required pre-funding, a requirement that has never been put on any government agency or private business? Without this pre-funding requirement, the Postal Service would have made a profit delivering mail and parcels in the 2013 fiscal year.

Kentucky has lawmakers who are square in the center of the fight over postal reform. Senator Rand Paul sits on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with oversight over the Postal Service. Representative Thomas Massie (KY -04) sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Both Paul and Massie help write the legislation and neither has been supportive of the Postal Service to date. And lastly Senator Mitch McConnell, who has voted negatively in the past and who plays a huge role as Senate Minority Leader when it comes to shepherding legislation through the Senate.

If these men continue to let the Postal Service atrophy, they jeopardize the 114,212 private sector jobs in Kentucky. Only one of seven mail processing plants will survive in KY and nationwide 229 plants will close. Since 2006, 206,000 career jobs have been lost and another 100,000 are on the chopping block. Why? The USPS is self-funded; its revenue comes from the sale of postage and services, not Congressional spending. But legislation wrecked the Postal Service. Contact these Senators and your Representative and help to save Your Postal Service.

 

Larry Baker President

KY Rural Letter Carriers Association

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