Pending Legislation Could Have Detrimental Effects On USPS

Dear Editor,

As you may know already, legislation is pending in Washington, D.C. that could have detrimental long-term effects on the country’s most trusted federal government agency — the United States Postal Service.

Senate Bill S. 1486 would eliminate good-paying middle-class jobs, hurt small businesses and directly hinder the ability of the USPS to hire veterans who have sacrificed so much already.

Did you know that the USPS is the largest civilian employer of veterans? S. 1486 would pave the way to eliminating Saturday delivery, thereby hindering the USPS from hiring veterans to  continue to serve the country they love.

Going to five-day delivery would eliminate an estimated 80,000 existing middle-class jobs, many  of which are currently held by veterans. Damaging the economy by adding more unemployed and eliminating services to residents and businesses is a lose-lose situation.

Closing rural post offices would also cripple many small towns that rely solely on the USPS and its universal service.

Remember, the Postal Service gets no taxpayer money, relying instead on revenue earned by  selling stamps.

This bad legislation also would harm the Postal Service’s ability to provide universal home delivery, as the Postal Service replaces door-to-door delivery with cluster boxes down the street and possibly out of sight. Daily contact with customers and businesses would be eliminated, further driving away more business and revenue.

In closing, we would like to ask for your help in preserving a service that is as old as the country,  and that is called for in the Constitution. We need the ability to continue to provide service to each and every household and business in this great country for decades to come.

Please contact your senators and tell them to vote “no” on Senate Bill 1486. Thank you.


Brian Greunke
City letter carrier