Associated Press: Senators want mail hearings held in Alaska

HONOLULU -- Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich say hearings on a proposal to drop mail deliveries on Saturdays should be held in Alaska and Hawaii.

The Alaskans joined Hawaii Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka in asking the Postal Regulatory Commission to hold hearings in both states.

The commission has already announced hearings on the proposal will be held in seven other states.

But the senators said mail delivery is strikingly different in Alaska and Hawaii, where residents depend on it for basic and necessary items.

They say information gleaned from hearings in the Lower 48 will bear little relevance to the concerns of the people of Alaska and Hawaii.

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Source: Published July 20, 2010