Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) pointed out on CSPAN that without processing centers in Eugene or Salem, a letter mailed from Springfield to Eugene would have to be trucked to Portland to be sorted before returning to Eugene to be delivered. The changes will only affect delivery of first-class mail and periodicals.
In its defense, the Postal Service says that these cuts are necessary in order to return to profitability. The Postal Service receives no direct tax money, and the price of stamps is determined by inflation. Mail volumes have decreased dramatically in the last few years because of the recession and more communcation over the Internet.
How would slower delivery of first-class mail affect you? What do you think about the proposed methods for cutting costs?
- Peter DeFazio: U.S. Congressman (D-OR)
- Peter Hass: Spokesperson for the US Postal Service in the Portland District