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Senator Baldwin critical of U.S. Postal Service practices & national forest management


ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) -- U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin wants the federal government to make some changes affecting the paper industry and the postal service.

One of the things she questions is why only the U.S. Postal Service can place letters and packages in a mailbox. "Part of the postal service business is a competitive business with UPS and Federal Express in regard to boxes and parcels, but in regard to the mailbox and letters being delivered to the mailbox, they have a monopoly." Baldwin says USPS needs more oversight and attention owing to the nature of their work. The Senator says it's important for her office to keep an eye on the mail service, and support changes that help keep a traditional mail service viable because it affects several parts of the economy. "Wisconsin's economy, especially because of its timber resources and paper making and mailing industries, really has its fortunes very much intertwined with the health of the Postal Service."

The Senator is critical of the U.S. Postal Service with their rate increases and certain business practices. Baldwin says the government needs to do more to keep a watch on what the Postal Service is doing in regards to letters and mail delivered to your home. "They should behave more like a business in the competitive part of their business, but they should be well regulated and effectively overseen in the monopoly part of their business."

While at Domtar, Senator Baldwin also said it’s time to light a fire under Congress to make significant changes in how national forests are managed. Baldwin says there's been too much attention put on fighting fires in national parks and not enough effort into fire prevention and forest maintenance by proper harvesting. "As long as this continues, we're going to fall further and further behind in the management of our forests and producing healthy forests that have a better prospect of avoiding forest fires if you think about it. It can spiral out of control if we don't intervene."

(You can listen to our interview with Senator Tammy Baldwin on our website, here.)