The Postal Service is a dinosaur on life support.

In the past quarter, it has lost $3.5 billion and is projected to lose $238 billion over the next decade.Volume has declined 20 percent since 2007, while costs have gone up.

Congress allowed the Postal Service to skip a $4 billion contribution to its pension and health care fund last year and it will seek another $4 billion exemption this year. The Government Accounting Office estimates its unfunded pension liabilities at $90 billion (“The Post Office Shuffle”, Sept. 27, 2010, The Wall Street Journal).

This burden will fall on the taxpayers unless the Postal Service implements some immediate and effective cost-cutting measures. To that end the Postal Service has proposed a possible consolidation of the Oshkosh mail sorting center into that of Green Bay.

On two occasions in September a Postal Service union representative has appeared before the Ripon Common Council to warn of the dire consequences ensuing on the mail traveling an additional fifty miles to Green Bay and having the final mail collections then move up by one hour.

Heaven forfend! Fifty miles further and one hour earlier! This cannot stand....

On the Ripon Council only Al Schraeder voted against the resolution, whether because he thought it not Ripon’s role or whether out of concern for the fiscal implications, I do not know. Either will serve.

As for the rest of the Council members (absent Rollie Peabody and Dan Luskey) who voted in favor of the resolution, I will leave it to you to surmise their motivations, but one thing is certain: it was not concern for the taxpayer (this may provide some insight into how they are managing the city). ...

— Jerry Davidson

515 Scott St.

To read the entire letter, see the Nov. 4 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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