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Letter: Congress Failed to Deliver

To the Editor:

The lengthy Valley News’ article on Feb. 7 addressing the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to cut deliveries on Saturdays (“Mail Call Grows Fainter”) failed to mention the main reason the Postal Service is losing so much money. Congressional oversight is the biggest problem. In 2006, Congress passed legislation requiring the Postal Service to pay forward into its employee pension fund for 75 years within a 10-year period. This is costing nearly $5.5 billion a year, and is a requirement that no other government agency is asked to meet. In a New York Times article on Feb. 9, Joseph Corbett, chief financial officer of the Postal Service, states, “Our liquidity concerns can only be fully resolved if Congress takes action to address our unsustainable business model, including resolving the overly aggressive payment schedule to prefund retiree health benefits.”

So is cutting Saturday services, which will create difficulties for many people and eliminate 25,000 jobs, the answer to the problem? If you believe, as I do, that there’s a better solution, contact your congressional representatives and ask them to work to change the laws that hobble the Postal Service in its appointed rounds and to support this valuable public service into the future.

Hilary B. Michaud

Lebanon

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Mail Call Grows Fainter: Post Office to End Saturday Delivery

Friday, February 8, 2013

Lebanon — No more mail delivery to homes and businesses on Saturdays: That’s the plan announced yesterday by officials from the financially troubled United States Postal Service, who said the agency will continue delivering packages to street addresses once regular mail service on Saturdays ends mid-summer. Post offices currently open on Saturday will remain open, officials said, and mail will …