To the Editor:
Closing the Eureka mail processing center and moving the operation to Oregon is not a wise move but then, this past year, the postal service seems to be making a habit of such unwise moves.
I live in Petrolia. It used to be that our postmaster could process local mail without it going to Eureka first. We are 50 miles from Eureka over mountain roads. It adds at least a day to our local mail. Previously, I could drop a local letter in the slot, Jackie (our postmaster) could stamp it and stick it in the PO box of the recipient, i.e., almost instant delivery. It seems to me it COSTS the postal service more to transport a letter 100 miles than it would to simply have Jackie process the local mail directly. And, it delays our local mail delivery by at least one day and sometimes two days. And, very few people here actually have mail delivered to their property. Most of us have to make a trip to the Petrolia post office to pick up our mail.
Then, you folks closed the post office in Honeydew. While it doesn’t affect me directly, it is sure a pain for the Honeydew people. Many people out here do not have checking accounts (no banks here) and rely on postal money orders to pay their bills. Now, the folks in Honeydew have to drive 15 miles (one-way) to Petrolia, just to get a money order. If the Petrolia post office were to be closed, the next closest post office is Ferndale and that is another 30 miles (50-60 minute drive) one-way. Note that our roads are MUCH slower than your divided highways. In fact, many city people are afraid even to drive the roads to Petrolia.
And now, you want to move the processing center to Oregon, somewhere which will add another day or two to what used to be an hour or two delivery. This is insanity. I’m sure you have done all the cost/benefit analyses but the cost that you have not considered is the cost to people who depend on the post office and would like letters to be delivered within a day or two and would like to be able to buy a money order without making a full-day trip of it.
In 1847, the US Postal service provided next day delivery from Washington DC to New York City for five cents. Now, in Petrolia, it costs 44 cents for the delivery of a local letter that will typically take two days to be delivered. Don’t you think there is something wrong with this picture?