The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


July 6, 2014

Letter: Saturday mail still essential

In early June, House leadership (Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R) announced a proposal to use the elimination of Saturday mail delivery as a “pay-for” for the Highway Trust Fund, a multi-billion dollar fund.

The Highway Trust Fund traditionally has been financed through fuel taxes at the pump. The fund is expected to run out of money in August.

This would slow the delivery of mail to citizens and harm businesses in their districts, while making hardship on the elderly and rural people who most rely on the mail.

It would also drive business away from the Postal Service, reducing revenues. Millions of business mailers (40 percent) say they want to keep Saturday service. Cutting it would be anti-business.

Ending Saturday delivery would eliminate 80,000 full- and part-time jobs. The Postal Service has already shed nearly 200,000 jobs in the last six years.

Joanne Ratcliff


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