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Article published April 19, 2013

Name ‘mail’ lawmakers

GG Donna Esper
Butler Township

I am writing regarding the April 15 editorial, “Congress should let U.S. Postal Service cut costs, adapt, compete.”
Thanks are in order for bringing this problem to our attention. I couldn’t agree more with this well-written, timely editorial.
When I called the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd, I was told by the person answering the phone that they didn’t know anything about it. Later, after he looked for more information, I was told that it was the decision of the postal service not to cut costs by eliminating Saturday mail delivery — that Congress had nothing to do with it.
When I argued this point and read the April 15 editorial to him, I was told that the proposed cuts were stopped because of the “will of the constituency.”
Well, most people I know pay bills online, have automatic deposits to their bank accounts, and send and get e-mail enough that they don’t really need to get mail on Saturday. The Saturday mail consists mainly of advertisements that we must recycle, as well as requests for money from various charities that certainly could wait until Monday.
Butler Eagle readers should be told which lawmakers had a hand in this debacle preventing the postal service from making the common-sense adjustments that are necessary to prevent us from having to pay higher taxes for further bailouts.



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