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Sid Moss: Post Office belongs to all and must be protected

To the editor:

There are three significant, unresolved issues that Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont is offering help with to the post office. One, is Postmaster General Donohoe’s plan to end Saturday delivery in spite of not having Congressional and legal approval. Sanders is encouraging the postmaster to obey the law and announce his decision to do so publicly. Two, the postmaster wants to get rid of its heavy financial burden of a Congressional mandate started in 2006 to pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health benefits over a 10-year period, and Sanders will help to undo the mandate.

Three, the postmaster needs ways to increase revenues. Sanders sees the value in the postal service aggressively competing in the marketplace and offers to free the post office from the ban on offering new and innovative products and services.

Sanders’ efforts to save the post office are in line with democratic values of respect for a strong government presence around issues decided for the common good. The post office belongs to everyone in the country and needs to be protected and ensured in its viability.

Sid Moss

Northampton

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