Claremont COURIER/Saturday, May 12, 2012
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e don’t often see a situation where agovernment agency says they want todramatically reduce their spending andCongress says, “No, thanks.” That’s pretty muchthe case as the United States Postal Service (USPS)grapples with billions in losses in 2012 and be-yond.
Most folks know the amount of mail delivered each year byUSPS is dropping like a rock. The numbers vary, but they hoveraround 25 percent less since 2006. And this trend is only pick-ing up steam.It’s easy to see why, as the digital age continues to changehow people communicate and access information in all sorts of ways. But USPS has a plan to help stem the losses. Cuts and re-organization are already happening, but there are a number of fundamental changes that need to be made to stop bleeding.The USPS plan focuses on 3 areas of service that would meansignificant pain for residents all over the country. The least pop-ular is the closing of over 3700 of the least-profitable rural postoffices all over the country. Since many small towns rely heav-ily on their post office, this is a big hit for small-town America.The Mt. Baldy post office is the only location in the Claremontarea on this list.The other 2 service cuts involve eliminating overnight andSaturday delivery. These are also very unpopular choices, largelydue to expectations of the public, concerns from business andthe huge amount of mail this would impact.These proposals would also hurt the newspaper industry in avariety of ways. So here’s using the COURIER as an example.Although Claremont is located in a highly populated area, thusminimizing any post office closings, as a newspaper we are guar-anteed overnight delivery to key zip codes. We print the paperTuesday and Friday nights, then deliver to our readers onWednesday and Saturday.If given the chance, USPS would put newspapers in the samedelivery category as junk mail, thus adding a day to our deliv-ery time. We already had to fight this issue (successfully) be-cause of current cost-cutting measures.But these cost-cutting proposals happen to be very unpopularwith voters, too. Congressional leaders in an election year arebrutally aware of this, especially since there are so many organ-izations fighting these cuts. The National Newspaper Associa-tion (NNA) has been a leader in trying to find alternatives tohelp USPS solve their budget crisis without cutting many keyservices or costing taxpayers money.The good news is Congress is involved. The bad news is Con-gress is involved.Congress has oversight over USPS and has to approve anycuts in services. That’s a good thing because the post office is notparticularly adept at making itself more efficient (I’m being nicehere) and will propose or make changes without looking at thereal impact to their business.The NNA has stepped in, supporting and shaping a bill (S.1789) that focuses on changing how USPS handles their bene-fit funds, which currently have liberal rules on payments. It alsochanges the criteria of what is deemed a “profitable” post officeand gives small communities a voice to review all options beforeclosing down a local office. The bill is not a bailout, as so manybudget hawks like to call it.But Congress is involved, which means any change will hap-pen slowly (I’m being nice again). There are many other ideason how to handle this mess, so USPS will remain in the newsway past the elections in November.For the COURIER, we will sit and watch how things develop.Although changes may be in the wind, it’s important to remem-ber Claremont has a healthy community newspaper and web-site, with a lot of public and business support.So whatever happens, we will deal with change and continueto deliver accurate, unbiased news coverage to Claremont resi-dents. If you have an idea or thought on COURIER delivery,I’m all ears.
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by Peter Weinberger
Sasha Rindisbacher, reporter
Changes in the US Postal Service will bea painful, lengthy process
Sunday, May 13
City Council booth at Farmer’sMarket, Second Street8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, May 14
Tree Committee, 6 p.m.City Yard, 1616 Monte Vista Ave.
Tuesday, May 15
Planning CommissionCancelledNeighborhood ForumJoslyn Center, 6:30 p.m660 N. Mountain Ave.
Agendas for city meet-ings are available at www.ci.claremont.ca.us