EUGENE, Ore. — A retired mailman has launched a road trip across the state to help communities that are losing their local post office, like Springfield’s Gateway processing center that’s currently on the chopping block.
Former mailman Jamie Partridge and a few other activists stood in front of the downtown Eugene offices Monday with signs and a message to stop massive cuts.
Four processing centers in Oregon are scheduled to close, and 124 rural towns are expected to lose their offices.
Protesters believe instead of cutting back they should be expanding services.
“It could be Internet access. It could be printing and copy centers. The post office could be all kinds of things. There’s 35,000 post offices in this country. It would be a shame to dismantle that infrastructure,” Partridge said.
Rep. Peter DeFazio has introduced a bill that would allow USPS to offer more services to gain revenue. The bill would also allow USPS to recover overpayments made to its pension plans to fix their finances.
Partridge is holding a public forum at EWEB in Eugene Monday, August 27 at 7 p.m. The goal is to meet with other concerned citizens to put pressure on Congress and the post master in order to stop these closures.