Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Rep. Andrea Dalessandro is the sponsor of House Concurrent Memorial HCM 2007 to urge the Arizona House to send a letter of protest to Congress to the proposed closing of Tucson's Cherrybell Mail Processing Center. It is located in her Legislative District 2.
HCM 2007 is on the Committee on Government agenda for Tuesday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m., Room HHR 4. Rep. Dalessandro requests that you submit your public comments to the committee members in support of HCM 2007.
Rep. Dalessandro's letter to Committee Chair Rep. Michelle Ugenti is below the fold.
Dear Representative Ugenti,
The purpose of the letter is to explain the reason that I offer CHM 2007 Cherrybell; mail processing center for your consideration.
The Constitution of the United States enumerates, before Amendments, the formation of the Post Office under Article I, Section 8 with the words "To establish Post Offices and post Roads."
The Cherrybell Mail Processing is in my Legislative District 2 in Tucson. Legislative District 2 includes Davis Monthan Air Force Base, parts of Tucson, the City of South Tucson, Green Valley, Sahuarita and all of Santa Cruz County, including Nogales.
Next to the Department of Defense, the United States Post Office, employs more veterans than any other entity. The first step to job growth is to keep the jobs that we have already.
If the proposed closing were to go forward, all mail from southern Arizona would travel to Phoenix and most of it would then travel back to southern Arizona via trucks. Fuel prices will rise and our roads will have added wear and tear in a time when funds are insufficient for maintaining our infrastructure.
Mail will be delayed one or two days and rural areas will be especially hard hit in Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise County where Fort Huachuca is located.
Others areas of concern are the delays with Permanent Early Voter List ballots, legal documents and especially prescriptions to the many elderly and disabled veterans who live in southern Arizona.
If the progression of Postal closings goes forward, I expect that on five or ten years, we will be fighting to keep the Phoenix Mail Processing Center from moving to another state.
The decision is simple. Will you stand to uphold the Constitution of the United States? Will you stand to support our veterans? Will you stand to support small businesses? Will you stand to support southern Arizona and rural areas?
Sound Policy over Politics,