If Congress does not act quickly to reform the U.S. Postal Service, small-town America can expect a further slow-down of the mail, said Chip Hutcheson, publisher of The Times-Leader in Princeton, Ky., when he testified to a U.S. Senate committee Jan. 21.
Hutcheson, president of the 130-year-old National Newspaper Association (NNA), told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that the closing of many mail processing plants by the troubled U.S. Postal Service over the last decade has already hurt mail service, which in turn damages local economies.
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