U.S. Postal Service Embraces Change

Published 4:35 pm Thursday, April 14, 2011

Editor, The Herald:

In response to the April 6 letter about the U.S. Postal Service:

I think that letter reflects resistance to change. None of us like change. We get accustomed to things being as we know them. When they change we lose our bearings.

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I dare say all of us have made changes in the way we do our personal business in the past few years. As the situation changes we change to accommodate the need.

I, too, am a Rural Mail Carrier. The Postal Service is under pressure to streamline its operation. When rural delivery came into being the large offices (city) carried the small offices (country). This worked for a great number of years. However, with the advent of the electronic age, the hard copy mail began to go by the wayside. Over the years more people began to communicate by e-mail than by hard copy. Everything from finances to the greetings has now become only a click away.

The effect the April 6 letter referred to with hardships receiving your mail is not as bad as it appears. The Post Office has policies regarding hardships. If you can't get out to a mailbox we can come to you. We have mailboxes in driveways to help less mobile customers receive their mail. If this is still a hardship, we can come directly to your door. From the carriers hand to the customers can be arranged if the need is there.

The best thing any person can do to help their Post Office is to use the mail services available and the Post Office On Wheels. Rural Mail Carriers can provide service to help customers receive many request from home. Our package business is improving due to online shopping.

So there, change is necessary to help the big picture. The U.S. Postal Service is the envy of the world. When people visit this country the first time they all remark how amazing it is to have the mail brought to your home or business. We will adjust to the new line-up and the customers will still get their mail.

As for myself I'm still miffed that spoonbread has disappeared from store shelves.

Carolyn Holcomb

Mail Carrier

Columbia Post Office