EDITORIAL: Postal service

Tupelo City Council’s official opposition to eliminating mail processing operations in Tupelo, and moving the operations and jobs to Memphis, joins many other municipal and civic actions nationwide in protest of U.S. Postal Service efforts to consolidate functions and some post offices in the name of economy.
The Postal Service, an independent corporation under the federal umbrella, claims that it can move processing, sorting, stamping, categorizing and shipping letters and packages to Memphis, 100 miles distant, without compromising services. We’re skeptical of the postal service’s claims about uncompromised quality and timeliness with a move of essential functions away from the primary delivery zone.
The postal service – still called the post office by most people – has lost a huge chunk of business in recent years. Its volume was down more than 30 billion pieces in fiscal year 2009 compared to 2008, and its bottom line for the 2009 fiscal year was $3.8 billion in the red.
Still, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $68 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail volume. If it were a private-sector company, it would rank 26th in the 2008 Fortune 500.
Technology and private-sector competition for delivery of information and good have cut into the service’s historic domain.
Nevertheless, the USPS remains essential, and because it is a hybrid corporation under the federal umbrella its customers have unique recourse in both criticizing and supporting its services.
Local governments, elected officials, and many businesses in cities large and small nationwide remain unconvinced of the necessity in the postal service’s plans. The information offered so far simply isn’t compelling.

– Contact the region’s congressional delegation and postal officials if you have comments about postal service consolidation plans:

• Elizabeth Johnson
Acting District Manager/USPS
Mississippi Customer Service and Sales
P.O. Box 99990
Jackson, MS 39205-9990

• Sen. Thad Cochran
911 East Jackson Ave.
Suite 249
Oxford, MS 38655

• Rep. Travis Childers
337A East Main St.
Tupelo, MS 38804

• Sen. Roger Wicker
2801 West Main St.
Tupelo, MS 38801

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