Maryland Senators outraged over lack of transparency or public input on mail center closing
March 16, 2012
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today sent a strongly worded letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe expressing their outrage over the “total disregard for a transparent and public process for consideration of the closure and consolidation of the Easton mail processing center to the Hares Corner mail processing center in Wilmington, Delaware.”
Senators Mikulski and Cardin were particularly outraged that the study to evaluate a possible closure of Easton and shift of function to Delaware “has begun with no written notification” to the Senators. In the letter to the Postmaster General, the Senators demanded an open “public process.”
The complete text of the letter is below:
March 15, 2012
The Honorable Patrick R. Donahoe
Postmaster General & CEO
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20260
Dear Postmaster General Donahoe,
We write to express our outrage and extreme frustration with the total disregard for a transparent and public process for consideration of the closure and consolidation of the Easton mail processing center to the Hares Corner mail processing center in Wilmington, Delaware.
While we remain adamantly opposed to any consideration of shifting the mail processing operation from Easton to Wilmington, we now learn that the study to evaluate this shift has begun with no written notification to our Congressional offices or to the Easton postal workers union as required by postal regulation. Making matters worse, USPS plans no public hearings and no opportunity for written comment in this study process. This is totally unacceptable.
We write to demand a public process. Our constituents have a right to be heard. The half a million residents who live on the Eastern Shore and rely on the mail service must have a voice in this process. These residents include farmers, small businesses and a significant rural and elderly population that relies heavily on mail delivery for life saving medications, daily newspapers, and important business documents.
The Easton area mail processing center is the only mail processing center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and its ongoing operation is critically important to the economy of the shore. Relaxing delivery standards by moving mail processing from Easton to Delaware is simply not a practical or sustainable option.
We request and expect an open and transparent public process and your reconsideration of the study to shift Easton mail processing to Wilmington, DE. We expect your immediate attention to our concerns.