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Still time to stop closure of Cherrybell postal center

I want to thank the 600 people who attended the Dec. 28 public meeting about the potential closure of the Cherrybell Post Office processing center. Tucson and Southern Arizona showed that we are strongly opposed to closing the facility.
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Jan 4, 2012, 1:11 pm
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This was a good meeting and I was proud of Tucsonans for the turnout and the points raised in the meeting.  The USPS is ignoring the root of the problem here, trying to use bandages to fix a hemorrhage.  We have to look at the federal level, at this Postal Accountability Enhancement Act (PAEA), which requires the USPS to do something no other business or government agency is required to do: pre-fund future retirees’ health benefits.  The USPS is required to shell out $5.5 billion every year for 10 years, to have the funds set aside for 75 years of future retirees.  This is what is destroying the USPS, and the law has to be amended or repealed.  It is curious that the writer of this law and the two co-sponsors all have UPS (United Parcel Service) within their top-10 contributors.

Perhaps someone else who was at the meeting can recall the bills that Grijalva mentioned that would fix the trouble the USPS is in?  I think one of them was H.R. 1351 but there were some others also.

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Jan 5, 2012, 10:33 am
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Holy poop! Scar is making an intelligent post that I actually agree with!

I have a few issues with this…well, this issue.

First of all, while I appreciate Fimbres’ efforts it is difficult for me to take him seriously. He is on the city council that seemingly does their best to destroy this community from within, drive away anything that might lead to prosperity, and keep those away who might bring prosperity to our community. Why is Fimbres all of a sudden doing something that’s actually right for our community? Is he going to keep it up? Is he going to get heat from the rest of the council?

Next, Grijalva’s name should be kept as far out of this fight as possible. Let’s all acknowledge a fact here…of the 435 Congressional districts in this country, the only one he would ever, ever, EVER be elected in is AZ CD7, and then he only barely got elected, and only then because he has the right skin color and he’s blatantly open borders. This being the case, no one of any reason or intelligence takes him seriously, or considers anything he has to say. In fact, whenever Grijalva says anything, I personally automatically assume the opposite is true, and I’m sure millions of others do, as well. My point…Grijalva, even if he is trying to help, would only hurt the cause of keeping the Cherrybell facility here. He can be most helpful by keeping his mouth shut.

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Jan 5, 2012, 10:38 am
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OK, a follow-up point…

This community has clearly and abundantly made it obvious-time and time again-that the electorate here will never hold any government official accountable for their misbehavior or stupid decisions, no matter how embarrassing or harmful to this community. The elected officials here know they have full impunity to do whatever they want to do, without any consequences whatsoever.

My point…if the elected officials around here enjoy that impunity, then what is a government agency not beholden to voters going to do?

I’m telling you…the meetings were just for show. The USPS is just going to do whatever they’re going to do, regardless of what we think or whether or not it’s right.

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Jan 5, 2012, 11:19 am
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Yep. Now if you could just keep the cheap shots to yourself we might have a pleasant message board here.

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Jan 5, 2012, 12:00 pm
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@scar

Can’t do that. I am what Bob Walkup would call “uncivil” and what Sheriff Dupnik would call “vitriolic”....and those are two wonderful role models whose opinions mean the world to me.

s/o

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