Senator Lisa Murkowski had the following reaction to today's announcement from the United States Postal Service that -- rather than enact targeted closures to rural post offices nationwide -- it has determined that cutting business hours would save more money and do less harm to smaller communities:
"I have always said that I would fight any cut from any government service that hurt Alaska disproportionately -- and it appears the USPS is attempting to address its tough financial situation while maintaining full access to postal services."
"In an era of e-mail and text messages, the United States Postal Service is feeling the pinch in the form of billions of dollars of red ink --and Alaskans are always ready to do our part in times of need. Altered business hours at post offices may be a fair method of shared sacrifice."
"I have also been informed that the five Alaska post offices that were at risk of closure will remain open for the near future -- to be reviewed again at a later date. Since this business hour change decision will save the postal service twice as much as the original closure proposal would have, I am hopeful that Alaska closures will be seen as unnecessary. I will continue to be a strong advocate for postal access statewide -- the residents of Douglas and our military families need the mail as much as rural Alaskans."