Do candidates want to save USPS?

My burning question that the 1st Congressional District candidates never get asked is, “What is going to happen to the post office with you in office?” Do citizens really support the massive closure of United States Post Offices, including Everett, so that a letter takes two days to reach Seattle, 35 miles away; and the elimination of Saturday mail? Is that really good for business and jobs?

That’s the plan that Republicans support and it has nothing to do with email and the Internet. It has to do with jobs all right, eliminating postal workers who happen to be unionized. The Republicans are unlikely to support reversing their Bush lame-duck legislation that makes the post office, unlike any other business, have to prefund pensions for the next 70 years. No other business on earth prefunds pensions for generations of employees who have not been born yet. How can this be considered sound economic policy for an agency that was established in the U.S. Constitution by our founding fathers?

Congressman Larsen, as did Inslee, strongly supports the USPO and current efforts to unshackle it from this heinous and contrived burden. I expect Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene will join this effort. Her opponent has identified with Tea Party Republicans, who are all for gutting the post office, but Mr. Koster has yet to answer for GOP partisanship on this.

Congress has put off solving the artificial USPO fiscal crisis until after the election. In the meantime, I see no reporting on the candidates’ intentions. Just what kind of mailing system are we in for — Pony Express at rates only affordable for the privileged or something commensurate with the modern age, perhaps like the excellent system we had before pension “reforms” deformed it?

Laura Hartman


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