Lubbock residents protest Saturday mail delivery cancellation

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Updated: 3/25/2013 4:17 am
It's been about a month since the Postmaster General announced that Saturday service would come to a stop because of funding problems. Now, people nationwide are taking a stand, including here in Lubbock.

In a demonstration brought on by the National Association of Letter Carriers, postal workers and residents in cities all over protested the cancellation on Sunday. About fifty people showed up for Lubbock's rally.

"We think it just shows that the public supports us," Micky Morris, President of the Texas Letter Carriers, said. "We have people here from many different groups, and we just want to urge the public to at least talk to their congressman, and talk about the proper solutions for any perceived problems of having the need to eliminate Saturday delivery."

Morris said cancelling Saturday mail comes with too many negative impacts, especially for the rural areas.

"Eliminating Saturday delivery will have an effect definitely on rural areas, on specific or several of the demographic groups in the cities, especially the elderly, the less well off," Morris said.

"There's just so many things that customers in rural America depend on differently than a metropolitan area," Ed Warren said with National Rural Letter Carriers Association. "You cut that out, you're not only going to affect the mail recipient, you're going to affect the mailers."

The rally is an attempt to get the attention of Congress. Warren said the problem can easily be fixed by restructuring part of the 2006 Postal Reform Act.

"We pre-fund their health care retirement benefits for postal employees, and we're already over funded in that area, and that's $5.5 billion a year," Warren said. "If the Postal Service could recoup that, just put it to the end of the note rather than at the beginning, it would make a huge difference in how they operate their budget."

Lubbock's rally was one of hundreds that took place nationwide, including San Antonio, El Paso, Dallas, Houston and Corpus Christi.
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melekon - 3/24/2013 11:28 PM
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I am in favor of cutting postal delivery on Saturdays. Better that than additional taxes to continue it.
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