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BUDGET CUTS

Three county post offices face closure
By Erik Skindrud GAZETTE REPORTER

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While on vacation in Mariposa

While on vacation in Mariposa I read of the possible closure of three county Post Offices. As a retired Postmaster this dismays me and my concern is that local citizens are not given information that they need to combat these possible closures. National President, Bob Rapoza, National Association of Postmasters US (napus.org) said today in President's Update, "The return on investment in closing these facilities never will measure up to the lasting impact the loss of these post offices will have on rural America and citizen mailers. Common sense must prevail...It is a community's responsibility to save its post office." Go to napus.org/post office preservation for information on specifically how communities may counteract USPS proposals to close post offices. Retired Postmasters stand ready to assist you in these efforts!

Rural America will be

Rural America will be abandoned by big city politicians but will pay taxes none the less.

While I agree with your

While I agree with your sentiment, you might not know that the US Postal Service is "off budget" and not funded by tax dollars. Revenue for operation is derived from sales of products and services. A study has revealed that .7% of the USPS budget would be saved by closing all rural post offices. The USPS is the only governmental entity required to prepay retiree health benefits - currently estimated by the Office of Personnel Management to be over funded by $55-75 Billion due to a miscalculation in 2004 by OPM. If the USPS did not have to prepay this obligation this year alone it would save money and come close to "breaking even" as mandated by Congress. Rural Post Offices were never intended to make a profit but provide a service to the American public.

I wish to correct some

I wish to correct some statements in my earlier response The Segal and Hay Groups both independently evaluated the over payment of prefunded retiree health benefits with amounts estimated to be $50 to $75 Billion - not the Office of Personnel Management. The year in which this obligation began was 2006 - not 2004.

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