Letter: Save the Douglas Post Office

Come to the meeting on Sept. 7

Tuesday, the Douglas Post Office was sent a letter that a District U.S. Postal Service representative would come from the Anchorage District Office to hold a community meeting at Mt. Jumbo Gym on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It was posted on the service area entrance.

This is very short notice to Douglas residents to be aware of and planning to attend.

It important for all Douglas citizens to go to this meeting, especially those who do not have cars, elders, and handicapped and can not easily walk to the Juneau Federal Building. It is important to point out the very limited access available for package, special delivery and etc for customer service at the Federal Building.

Douglas citizens do realize that the U.S. Postal Service is self supporting and does not received federal funding though its direction comes from the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which oversees the USPS, that our Sen. Mark Begich serves on.

It important to note that according to the Postal Regulatory Commission, maintaining all small and rural post offices amount to less that 0.7 percent of the Postal Service’s operation budget.

The Postal Service needs to stop depleting its operations funds to pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years. This was required by the 2006 Congress mandate. That created a $20 billion loss over the past four years. A Congressional bill needs to be passed to change this. The Postal Service probably would have been profitable without this unreasonable burden.

Cuts to small post offices in Douglas and other parts of the United States are neither right nor justified, for these communities will lose safe service and their identity.

Susanne Williams

Douglas

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