Saturday, May 9, 2009

U.S. Postmaster reverses decision to stop serving back-country Idaho

Howard Berkes of NPR filed an updated report yesterday on the U.S. Postmaster General's plan to cancel weekly mail deliveries by a small plane into the central Idaho wilderness. Listen to the story here, and read my post about his prior report on the planned cancellation of service here.

It seems that the Postmaster General was swayed by lobbying from Idaho's congressional delegation. Among other points they made: $46K in savings from canceling this service won't make much of a dent in the $6 billion budget deficit the postal service is facing.

Berkes quotes one resident of the Idaho area whose mail delivery has been saved as pointing out, "If Idaho was canceled, who was next? What about all of the nonprofitable rural mail delivery in America?"

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