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 On July 1, 1863 free mail delivery was authorized in cities. From the start, carriers were expected to make deliveries “as frequently as the public convenience…shall require,” Monday through Saturday. (12 Stat.703.)

Free mail delivery to rural Americans began in 1896 out of three Post Offices in West Virginia. From the start, city and rural letter carriers delivered mail six days a week, usually Monday through Saturday. However, there are two towns where mail is delivered on Sunday, and not Saturday. Only Collegedale, TN and Angwin, CA, have Sunday mail delivery both home to large Seventh-day Adventist communities.

Now, everyone is on the verge of losing mail service on the weekend. You see a Republican lead Congress with concurrence from the Democrats passed in 2006, “The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act,” based on a manufactured crisis about pensions and benefits. In effect, a poison pill was contained in the bill requiring Postal Service to prepay health benefits for workers 75 years in advance. Understand, 75 years means most haven’t been hired and many are yet to be born. To complicate things even more this escrow account had to be funded in ten years to satisfy the Republican White House. The result, the Post Office, debt free in 2005, is now billions in the red; offices are threatened with reduced service and hours. Most people mistakenly think the Post Office is simply losing money due to the internet and email. Not true! Congress, influenced by lobbyist groups and think tanks such as American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the CATO Institute, and the Heritage Foundation (which I once considered joining), have prints all over this legislation.

New Postal Legislation: S 1761 and H.R. 2748 end 6 day delivery of mail and put the Post Office into a death spiral. Only you can save our most trusted Government agency, the Post Office. Please contact  Senator McConnell (202) 224-2541 and Senator Paul (202) 224-4343 along with your Congressman, now! Say no to these bills and save Saturday mail, thousands of jobs, Post Office and America.

Larry Baker

KY Rural Letter Carrier Association President