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Updated Feb 26, 2013 - 6:40 am

Rep. Barber protests Tucson mail center closure

TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is slamming the U.S. Postal Service’s
decision to shutter a mail processing center in Tucson and ship all outgoing
mail in southern Arizona to Phoenix.

The Morris K. Udall Post Office on Cherrybell Avenue processed its final batch
of outgoing mail last week. Barber said the decision not only costs 300 jobs but
also is the end of Tucson postmarks for most mail in southern Arizona. The only
way to get a local postmark now is to wait in line and have a letter hand
cancelled.

Barber said he wrote a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe warning
him that businesses that rely on speedy mail delivery will see increased wait
times and consumers will see other service cuts.

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