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RE: [Valley_Eye] FW: Postal Service Financial Problems Manufactured, Time to Stop Closing Post Offices

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  • Maryanne Razzo
    Maybe Marlene Tran. _____ From: Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of anne seeman Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 6:56
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      Maybe Marlene Tran. 


      From: Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of anne seeman
      Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 6:56 PM
      To: Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [Valley_Eye] FW: Postal Service Financial Problems Manufactured, Time to Stop Closing Post Offices

      Thanks Maryanne,

      Copies of Nader's letter should be translated and brought to the meetings about closures in our neighborhood. Any translaters who can take this on? It would be so nice to get this information out to everyone.

      Anne Seeman

      --- On Thu, 9/22/11, Maryanne Razzo <mvrazzo@...> wrote:

      From: Maryanne Razzo <mvrazzo@...>
      Subject: [Valley_Eye] FW: Postal Service Financial Problems Manufactured, Time to Stop Closing Post Offices
      To: theportola@yahoogroups.com, Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 3:32 PM

       

      Regardless of your impression of Ralph Nader, this is definitely an
      eye-opener.

      Maryanne

      -----Original Message-----
      From: alerts@... [mailto:alerts@...] On Behalf Of
      Ralph Nader
      Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:42 AM
      To: alerts@...
      Subject: Postal Service Financial Problems Manufactured, Time to Stop
      Closing Post Offices

      Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader Calls the U.S. Postal Service's Financial
      Problems a Manufactured Crisis

      Calls on Congress to Take Quick, Easy Action to Prevent Further Service
      Cuts, Post Office Closings, and Job Cuts

      In a letter to Senator Joseph Lieberman and Congressman Darrell Issa, Mr.
      Nader proposed simple solutions to fix the U.S. Postal Service's financial
      hole. Mr. Nader noted, however, that the financial "crisis" facing the USPS
      was completely manufactured.

      Mr. Nader identified several drains on the U.S. Postal Service's financial
      resources, including a Congressional mandate that the USPS prefund its
      future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years by 2016 and $82 billion
      in overpayments that the USPS has made to federal pension systems which have
      yet to be refunded.

      Mr. Nader points out that the $103.7 billion prefunding mandate is something
      that, "no other government or private corporation is required to do and is
      an incredibly unreasonable burden." He continues by revealing that without
      this onerous prepayment provision, "the USPS would not have a net deficiency
      of nearly $20 billion, but instead be in the black by at least $1.5
      billion."

      Mr. Nader ended by calling on Congress to take action that would have a
      minimal impact on the patrons of the USPS and prevent further post office
      closings, deterioration of service, or job cuts.

      Mr. Nader ended with a simple reminder to "Remember Ben Franklin's vision"

      The letter is available at: http://nader.org/uploads/USPS-ltr.pdf

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