Saturday, October 1, 2011

Official White House petition to for the U.S. Post Office



I guess Twitter is good for some things. I just learned about this official petition from the U.S. White House to save the postal service. Yes, you have to create an account in order to "sign" the petition, but I see the validity in that. This probably does not have the power of a personal contact to your legislators, and it definitely doesn't have the power of a handwritten letter to your government officials, but it seems like a good idea to make our voices of support for the U.S. Postal Service heard in myriad forms. As of my signing it, it had 63 signatures, with 4937 needed by October 26.

For my international readers, thanks for your patience with all my posts that concern only the U.S. Postal Service.

5 comments:

  1. I love being able to send hand written letters, but I won't be signing the petition because upon initial reading of it it appears that the money will be coming from Civil Service and Retirement ("forced to OVERPAY into CSRS and FERS" is an incorrect statement). My Dad worked for the USPS for over 30 years and has suffered many injuries on the job (he fell on ice twice, bit by a dog with no shots, has shoulder problems from casing and severe arthritis in his hands). This would cause him to loose his retirement (if I am reading it correctly). My parents would loose everything, house, cars, healthcare, etc. My dad is almost 65 and my mom is almost 60. I can't sign a petition that would do so much harm to my parents who don't have very much to start with.

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  2. Chelsea - under current legislation, the USPS is required to PRE-fund benefits for 75 years in advance. That is what they mean by "overpay." The funds for current beneficiaries are fully funded and they will not suffer any loss of benefits. The USPS is the only agency that is required to pre-fund its benefits like this, let alone for 75 years in advance!

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  3. I signed it and shared it on my blog's Facebook page. I cannot imagine life without the postal service.

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  4. I wonder if they'll allow people from outside USA to sign. Because if it's your postal service now, it will be ours sooner or later as well.

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  5. Thank you for the extra information, Missive Maven!

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