Save Rockford’s Postal processing facility

The Rockford Postal processing and distribution facility has one of the most efficient ratings in the nation. If it shuts down, the overnight delivery of first-class mail locally will go to two- or three-day delivery. This is not the answer to providing high-quality first-class service to customers in the Rockford area who count on the U.S. Postal Service.

Here are some facts about the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that need to be clarified:

1. No taxpayer money has been used to run the USPS since 1982. The USPS funds itself through the sales of stamps, other products and services.

2. The No. 1 financial liability to the USPS is a 2006 congressional mandate to pre-fund retiree health care benefits for the next 75 years in a 10-year timetable. No other public agency or private company faces this financial burden. This alone is costing the USPS more than $5 billion a year and accounts for most of the red ink.

Congressional bill H.R. 1351 addresses this pre-funding issue without costing taxpayers a dime. To urge support of this bill, people can call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and, ask to be connected to your representatives office. If H.R. 1351 passes, it will help get the USPS finances in order without the drastic cuts to first class mail.

We also can write our comments on closing the Rockford mail processing facility & mail them to this address by Jan. 21, 2012. This will give the USPS the Rockford area input needed to keep the highly-efficient Rockford facility open. Mail your comments to: Manager of Consumer & Industry Contact, U.S. Postal Service Lakeland District, P.O. Box 5008, Milwaukee, WI , 53201-5008 by Jan. 21, 2012.

D. Patrick Enderle
Roscoe, Ill.

From the Jan. 11-17, 2012, issue

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