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Guest column/Plan to cut mail delivery would hurt on many levels

April 14, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

The Postmaster General's proposed plan to end Saturday mail is ill informed, and it may ultimately just discourage customers from using the United States Postal Service, reducing mail volumes even further and worsening its financial situation. The American people rely on the USPS six days a week. More than 21 percent of FedEx packages are delivered by the post office. The post office delivered 400 million packages for FedEx and UPS. The post office receives no tax dollars. The path to reform for the United States Postal Service should be comprehensive. The USPS needs a plan that strengthens the last mile delivery network, preserves six day mail delivery, provides relief from congressional mandates and explores new business opportunities and revenue streams. The Postal Service is an essential part of America's infrastructure upon which all our communities depend. Instead of haphazardly cutting corners to cut costs in the short term, the Postal Service needs a plan that will allow it to evolve to meet the changing needs of a 21st century customer base. We need a viable long-term solution, and dropping Saturday mail service just isn't it.

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