Tuesday, September 27, 2011

But sunny days are optional...

"We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever."

There was a huge turnout in downtown Chattanooga this afternoon in support of our postal service (I don't think this photo does the crowd justice, but it does highlight the beautiful downtown day!). The things that are being done by those who want nothing more than to destroy our nation's largest union are breathtaking in their shortsightedness.

If Darrell Issa gets his way, the Chattanooga sorting facility will be shut down, and most of those folks up there will have to move to Atlanta if they want to keep their jobs. And it's possible that all of Chattanooga's mail will have to go down to Atlanta to be sorted before it is delivered. No more overnight delivery. No more 24-hour turnaround on those Netflix DVDs.

And if Mr. Issa gets what he really wants, which is privatizing the entire industry, kiss your mail delivery goodbye, and it's not just your Saturday mail that's at risk -- it's the entire postal delivery service. If you need to mail an envelope across the country some day, how much do you think FedEx or UPS is going to charge you? Less than 50¢? Good luck with that. And if they no longer have to compete with the US post office (an incredibly efficient service, by the way), how long do you think it will take for FedEx and UPS to jack up the prices they charge for delivering your amazon and ebay orders?

Think about it. And watch that video up there. And then call your congressperson (yeah, even if you live around here -- give Chuckie a call!), and ask him or her to support HR 1351.

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