Neither snow nor rain nor heat... except for Saturdays
by Chip Latcham
Feb 22, 2013 | 1437 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Many in our office were shaking their heads approvingly in admiration of our dear friend and colleague Mary Henkel Judson’s recent column in the Port Aransas South Jetty, entitled “It’s a matter of efficiency.”

“Cutting mail delivery to five days from six. Seriously?” she began.

Like Mary, we sincerely respect the good job done by the postmasters and employees at our local post offices. We could not get our newspapers out to many of our subscribers without their diligent efforts – from Pettus and Mineral to Skidmore and Tynan.

Yet, on almost a daily basis, we receive phone calls from subscribers complaining about receiving their paper a week or two late. Sometimes they receive several issues late on the same day.

“So reducing the number of days the mail moves from six to five is going to improve service and save $2 billion? Seriously?” Judson said.

“We experience the slowdown in delivery times on three-day weekends (Monday holidays). We shudder to think what delivery time will be like when you have no Saturday delivery followed by a Monday holiday,” she added.

We appreciate the fact that the USPS is trying to save money and has a lot of competition nowadays with email, UPS, FedEx and others.

Yet, like Mary, we don’t understand a response that will increase the inefficiencies of the USPS. And, particularly, we don’t like this move, which will hurt newspapers, one of their best, most loyal customers.

Sandy Rice, Beeville Publishing’s circulation manager, said, “With the USPS administration’s decision to cut back hours at the local post office locations, we are all working hard to deliver subscribers’ newspapers in a timely manner.

“We are concerned with the effects of the termination of Saturday delivery scheduled for this August. The local post office employees are working with us for a solution to our delivery issues as they arise.

“We urge our customers to contact their representatives in Congress to express concerns regarding cutbacks in postal service.”

If you would like to notify our new congressman, U.S Rep. Filemon Vela, try phoning him at 202-225-9901; or dropping him a letter in the good old U.S. mail at Washington, DC Office; 437 Cannon House Office Building; Washington, DC 20515.

We would urge you to mail it before noon, if you reside in a rural area, and only on weekdays.

– Chip Latcham
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