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Why You Should Be Outraged By What Is Being Done to Our Postal Service


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Cal
- 667 days ago - alternet.org
Like so many other "crises" imposed on us lately, there is a lot to the Post Office privatization story that you are not being told.



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Patrick Donovan (319)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:42 am
The Repugnant Party has done much to destroy the Post Office to achieve their aims of degrading the non-rich's needs to communicate. It is consistent with their actions of busting unions, fighting education, destroying local government, encouraging outsourcing of government responsibilities. Paranoid - no, I've just done my research. Look up conservative think tanks and Koch brothers on Google some day. You'll be educated.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:57 am
I am outraged - so many lies, so much manipulation and they keep getting away with it all. People *think* they don't care, they don't need the post office, etc. but when mail is privatized and costs a small fortune, we will miss what we have....
 

lee e. (114)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:31 am
Just another sleazy method of "shrinking" the government! I'm glad I'm old and probably will die before I see this country totally self destruct!
 

ellen m. (222)
Monday February 18, 2013, 9:10 am
I am so disgusted!
And the mention of "hostage taking" is something I'm sure they'l finf a way to work into here as well..what do they want to trade for the USPS-Obamacare?
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:55 am
AUGH I never knew that stuff!
I always wondered why they wouldn't raise the cost of postage significantly faster... now i know. =(
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:05 pm
I've been outraged for some time. So has Jerry Stidman, who has a number of petitions on SIgnOn regarding this - one is at http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office/?source=search but there are others, some written function by function and some state by state. I think I have signed most of them (including for states not mine). Please join me.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:25 pm
I've received many petitions to save the post office and have signed them all and sent letters as well. Just more proof the GOP is systematically trying to destroy the gov't in favor of corporate privatization...a.k.a. fascism.
I've also read suggestions that the postal service should be in charge of the internet and its protection...not sure what I think about that, though, without more specifics. It is an interesting and innovative idea, though.
 

Barbara K. (75)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
The Republibaggers will stop at nothing to destroy all their competition, ie: Unions. We need to do all we can to stop them, get them out of our governments, and save our Postal Services, as well as the other services they are out to destroy. The Republibaggers are a cancer on our society and need to be dug out and destroyed.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:00 pm
Privatization is never a good thing and the US government and congress seems to be bent on privatizating everything.
 

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:29 pm
One of the key requirements for flourishing online businesses is a reliable postal service. You can't make money selling individual widgets online if you have to pay Fedex to deliver them. An expensive, limited-service privatised post would kill off any number of small enterprises - another strike against an already sick economy.
 

Dianna M. (16)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:55 pm
Outraged?--Trust me, I am, and have been for a while now.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday February 18, 2013, 2:58 pm
Privatizing is never a good idea. And as Anthony H. said, small business would lose out big time.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:02 pm
When UPS or FedEx wants to raise rates they just do it.
When the USPS wants to raise rates.....both UPS and FedEx gets to testify on how much the rates should be raised.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:37 pm
The Australian Mail Service is profitable, thriving, popular, reliable. My local Office in a small rural town, similar in size to one where I stayed in Texas recently, has quite different ambience. Texas. (Population, 6,000)One person at the counter.
Lovely building devoid of anything except to accept and deliver mail. Each time I visited I was the ONLY customer.

Stanthorpe, Queensland, AUSTRALIA. (pop 6,000) Usually three serving at the counter, at most times there is a line up of customers. The aisles are stacked with other goods and services mostly related to mail or communications but not solely. Passport photos, computer inks, packaging, et'c. Mail delivery Australia wide is guaranteed, between Capital cities, 24 hours, in a country that is as large as the original 48 American States.

The only similarity that I could see between Texas and here was in the personnel. Both smiling, courteous, willing to help and pleasant.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Monday February 18, 2013, 4:38 pm
Noted
 

Sheila D. (26)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:14 pm
Thanks for the article, Cal.
 

Dave C. (227)
Monday February 18, 2013, 6:39 pm
thanks for the article...I am....outraged about this....
 

Ray M. (0)
Monday February 18, 2013, 8:44 pm
We are outraged. So what are the dems in congress doing about this republicon scandal? I don't see a hell of a lot.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 8:31 am
Ray, Rep Peter DeFazio (D, OR) has introduced HR 630 which would satisfy my wishes, and those of most others who don't want to lose the USPS. He will need co-sponsors, as many and as visible as possible. You could help by calling your representative and asking him or her to co-sponsor HR 630, and to help it through the committee process to get to the floor.

Also, if anyone who cares about the USPS sends a physical card or letter to
SAVE OUR POST OFFICE
Post Office Box 5041
Terre Haute, IN 47805
it will help with providing a mountain of evidence that people do care.

My first post mentioned Jarry Stidman, and I have sence received a new list of all the USPS petitions he has started:
Save Our Post Office
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office-Indiana
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-1?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office-Terre Haute, IN
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-2?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office-Rochester, MN
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-3?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office-Lancaster, PA
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-4?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Michigan
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-6?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Reading, PA
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-7?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Mail Processing Plants
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-mail-processing?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Alabama
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-8?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Utah
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-9?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office 6 Day Delivery
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-10?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office California
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-11?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Small Town Post Offices
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-small-town-post?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office New York
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-12?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Texas
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-13?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Vermont
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-14?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Kentucky
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-15?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

Save Our Post Office Illinois
http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office-16?mailing_id=9286&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=973201

And, finally, here is a Facebook page with full information (I am not on Facebook so I haven't checked it, but I understand it has more information than just that about USPS):
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SAVE-AMERICA/482860601751381
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 2:44 pm
Thanks for great post and comments.
 

Philip Heinlein (472)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 4:45 pm
The answer here is simple... hold the Republicans accountable. The media could certainly help with this, but it shouldn't be left up to them. Just keep pointing out to anyone and everyone who will listen just how out of touch with the mainstream the Republican party has become.

And remember to vote when the time comes. It worked this past November and it will work again.

The further the Republicans move to the right, the more people they will piss off. Just work to ensure that they get the blame they deserve for the lack of progress these past 12+ years.
 

Diana Bair (7)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 5:06 pm
Well you people voting republician.........HOWS IT WORKING FOR......YOU??????. GOP IS RUINING OUR POSTAL SYSTEM...NOW!!!!!!, THEY CARE...NOTHING FOR....YOU....they are...NOT for ....JOBS!!!!!!!, They work with rich to....OUTSOURCE...YOUR....JOB!!!!!!. They are for ......TAX HAVENS....wHICH take MILLIONS FROM .....AMERICIA,,etc,,. they are filled with ...HATE!!!!!!!. They pretend to be ....CHRISTIANS.....and follow DEAD ATHEIST,........AYN RANDS ...TEACHINGS ....NOT....CHRISTS... And ...YOU KEEP VOTING FOR.....THEM!!!???!!!. Diana.
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:10 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

M Away M. (461)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 2:57 am
OK...Enough! Republican Party is NOT the CAUSE for the failue of the Postal System. It was over spending THIS NEEED to be check out from all siblings. I am living this and nneeded costs that IMHO were needed ~ Thought I am fixing food 3 time a day really shoiced ne. I an extreme fussy when they want me 9uot of my mother';s house. Please call me an One 1/2. I need help. Please (Terry, Mom a(
 

M Away M. (461)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:04 am
Good Grief Dianne, this wass a disturbing comment from you. We talked this eveinging and whiil4 I am $rushing to ba back at my Dad';s House in Speiric Laike ! This worre me out so hard and finally I $id an envopy ton and there are mosre isses withy my pop=ter

 

Melania Padilla (184)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 10:07 am
Such a shame... I collect stamps! Obviously I would hate seeing something happening to the postal service :(
 

M Away M. (461)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 10:37 am
Good Grief Call...must of typed this comment while I was sleeping SORRY!!!
 

Latonya W. (83)
Friday February 22, 2013, 3:53 pm
this is sooo wrong damn it what could we do there has to be something.......
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Monday February 25, 2013, 12:11 pm
Thanks
 
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