by Channel 2 News staff
Sunday, June 20, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's U.S. senators are asking for hearings in Alaska and Hawaii on proposed changes to mail delivery.
Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich are joining Hawaii's senators, Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, in asking the Postal Regulatory Commission to have hearings in both states on a proposal to end Saturday mail delivery.
The commission has already announced hearings 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 have little relevance to the concerns of Alaskans and Hawaiians.