Senators ask for field hearings in Hawaii and Alaska on Postal Service proposal to reduce mail delivery to five days a week

The following is a press release from the office of of Senator Daniel Inouye:

June 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) today urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to hold field hearings in Hawaii and Alaska on a Postal Service proposal to reduce mail delivery to five days a week.

The Commission has already announced hearings on the proposal in Las Vegas, Sacramento, Dallas, Memphis, Chicago, Rapid City and Buffalo.  The senators said in a letter today to Ruth Y. Goldway, Chairman of the Commission, that mail delivery is unique in Hawaii and Alaska, where residents depend on it for “basic and necessary items.”

The senators said the information gleaned from hearings on the mainland “will bear little relevance to the concerns of the people of Alaska and Hawaii.  Such concerns include the likely degradation of efficient and timely delivery of medication, food, water and other necessities.”

The Commission has said that the nationwide elimination of Saturday mail delivery service is one of the most significant changes ever proposed for the Postal Service.

“It is extremely important, therefore, that you are fully informed about the impact of this proposal on our constituents and to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Postal Service on our states,” according to the senators’ letter.  “Holding hearings in our states will also generate press coverage that will further inform our constituents about the pros and cons of this proposal.”

3 thoughts on “Senators ask for field hearings in Hawaii and Alaska on Postal Service proposal to reduce mail delivery to five days a week

  1. Please don’t allow PMG POTTER and the USPS to stop Saturday delivery! To many CUSTOMERS DEPEND on us! Can’t you force them to make CUTS from somewhere else? Like HEADQUARTERS, starting with a NEW POSTMASTER GENERAL!! Why do we need so many layers of MANAGEMENT? They keep CUTTING from CRAFT and ADDING TO MANAGEMENT WHY? WHY? WHY? So many of us feel like PMG POTTER is TRYING TO DESTROY THE USPS!!!! sure he tells us and all of you at the hearings that he cares what happens to the USPS but we don’t believe him! if he really cared why would he keep cutting SERVICE? When that’s what were all about, it makes no sense..Don’t you have the power to recommend that we REPLACE POTTER?

  2. First of all Jill it’s not just about going to the Post Office on the weekend! you don’t even know what you’re talking about, it’s about the people who depend on getting their mail/meds on Saturday and it’s about small Business who depend on us for their business, it’s a bigger picture then you think! so just because you don’t go/or care about Saturday delivery there are many of our Customers who do! Not to mention we need our jobs! just like I’m sure you need your job to survive.

  3. I do not see why you could not only deliver the mail five days a week. Most people do not even go to the post office on the weekend.

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