EDITOR:Postal workers take pride in providing prompt, dependable mail service to the Upper Peninsula, which is why we are so concerned about the Postal Service's plan to shift mail-sorting operations from Kingsford, Michigan to Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The USPS "consolidation" plan will result in slower, less reliable mail services for the citizens of the Upper Peninsula. Mail will be collected earlier in the day and arriver later-possibly after dark. Checks will be delayed, bills may not get paid on time, and medication delivered by mail will take longer to arrive.
Sending our mail to Green Bay Wisconsin for processing also will hurt local businesses and will drain more jobs from the U. P. The Postal Service claims the move will "improve efficiency," but it has yet to prove that the plan would save money or that it could maintain the current level of service.
No taxpayer money is used to operate the Postal Service. It is funded solely on monies received from stamps and postage.
Kingsford's postal workers encourage citizens and community leaders to take a stand against the consolidation.
You can start by writing letters to:
Manager, Consumer and Industry Contact
P.O. BOX 999631
Grand Rapids, MI
All letters must be postmarked by Nov. 10, 2011.
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