Petition Circulating to Save Mail Processing Plant in Western North Carolina

By Cheryl Thomas Orengo
To be delivered to Patrick R. Donahoe, US Postmaster General

The people of western North Carolina (WNC) value their postal service and demand that their services be at the same or higher level as any other major community in this country!

On November 1, 2011 the U.S. Postal Service admitted that closing massive numbers of mail processing centers will cause drastic reductions in service to the American people.

For WNC, closing the Brevard Road Processing Center will mean that first class mail currently taking one day to arrive at a nearby location will take 2 to 3 days. First class mail currently placed in a WNC residential mailbox or a post office blue box to be mailed to a nearby location in WNC will have to be trucked to Greenville, SC first. There it will be processed, receive a Greenville postmark and then will be brought back to the mountain in WNC.

Weakening the postal service with longer delivery times while increasing the cost will only accelerate the decline in post office usage of first class mail. This is what the U.S. Postal Service says is causing the cuts so this could very likely cause eventual closure and/or privatization of the USPS with a very high fee to send first class mail.

The people of WNC value their postal service, and demand that their services be at the same or higher level as any other major community in this country! The Brevard Processing Center in Asheville, NC is currently being studied for closure, which will mean that all WNC mail will be trucked to Greenville, SC for processing and a postal mark.

To sign the petition, click here.

(The goal is 2,000 signatures)

Here is what some of the signers of the petition have to say about the proposed closing:

Kim Leatherwood, Dec 3, 2011 Asheville, NC
We’ve already lost our newspaper printing facility to Greenville, SC, not to mention all of the other industry going to Greenville. People here in Asheville deserve to keep their jobs, and not have yet another facility close here and move out-of-state. Please reconsider sending yet another Asheville facility to not only another town, but another state!

Cindy Solesbee, Dec 3, 2011, Franklin, NC
Bottom line is that closing the Brevard Road Processing Center will mean less efficiency in mail delivery and, in the long run, make the mail service less cost-effective.

Virginia Bartlett, Dec 3, 2011, Swannanoa, NC
I support the USPS and request you do the same.

Raymond A.Alberts, Dec 3, 2011, Marion, NC
I am a mailhandler at Asheville PD&F plant.and I want to get the mail t the customer as quick as possible and give the service the customer deserves.

Stan Smith, Dec 3, 2011, Waynesville, NC
It is already difficult to get mailed delivered to businesses across the country in a reasonable time. This will make it worse. Do not close the Brevard Rd. Processing Center. WNC needs it. Greenville, S.C. is not in N.C. and we need the jobs more than they do.

Maneesh Pangasa, Dec 3, 2011, Yuma Proving Ground, AZ
The U.S. Postal Service provides a universal service no private mail carrier does — delivering mail, packages and medicines to rural and remote areas which may even lack broadband internet access. As such the Postal Service is vital to our economy and privatization would gut the USPS’s universal service mandate. Congress created the Postal Service’s budget deficit problem with a 2006 law requiring overpayments in pension funds and Congress can fix it. The people of western North Carolina (WNC) value their postal service and demand that their services be at the same or higher level as any other major community in this country! On November 1, 2011 the U.S. Postal Service admitted that closing massive numbers of mail processing centers will cause drastic reductions in service to the American people. For WNC, closing the Brevard Road Processing Center will mean that first class mail currently taking one day to arrive at a nearby location will take 2 to 3 days. First class mail currently placed in a WNC residential mailbox or a post office blue box to be mailed to a nearby location in WNC will have to be trucked to Greenville SC first. There it will be processed, receive a Greenville postmark and then will be brought back up the mountain to WNC. Weakening the postal service with longer delivery times while increasing the cost will only accelerate the decline in post office usage of first class mail. This is what the U.S. Postal Service says is causing the cuts so this could very likely cause eventual closure and/or privatization of the USPS with a very high fee to send first class mail.

Eruch Adams, Dec 3, 2011, Asheville, NC
This is really about Congress mandating the Postal Service to set aside all the healthcare money for 75 years. They have billions in their fund that they aren’t allowed to touch. This seems like a scam to help private companies, and will overall lead to higher prices overall.

Remember, the closing of the mail facility in western North Carolina won’t just affect that part of the state, ultimately its closing and the hundreds of others on the Postal Service’s hit list will affect mail delivery everywhere.


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