There is a problem facing our community that needs to be addressed — the future of our postal system. We hear all the time that the United States Postal Service is losing money, but if a proposed bill in Congress, HR 2309, is passed, the results will be disastrous.
For generations Americans have relied on six-day service of dependable doorstep delivery of everything from postcards to packages. If Congress passes HR 2309, Saturday delivery will be eliminated. In a misguided attempt to purportedly save the USPS, we will inevitably see its rapid decline and eventual death.
The argument in favor of HR 2309 is a weak one. The thought is that to save money, you simply cut back on costs and services. As someone who runs a small business, that kind of thinking is nonsense. You have to ask the follow-up question, “What will the impact of those cutbacks be?” You can’t cut services, raise prices, and be successful. If you limit the service you offer — especially a growing segment of postal business such as parcel delivery — all that will result is a dangerous disadvantage for the USPS.
HR 2309 doesn’t acknowledge that business in America is now conducted around the clock. If Saturday delivery is eliminated, businesses will have to rely on more expensive private services, increasing costs.
Nor does HR 2309 take into account the number of jobs, approximately 80,000, which would be lost. Veterans hold many of these jobs.
We can’t afford to lose the USPS. Urge Congressman Turner to vote against H.R. 2309.
The writer is co-owner of OZ Photos in Forest Hills.