Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Change in mail delivery raises questions

As you may have heard, the U.S. Postal Service is looking to shut down mail processing in Twin Falls and move it to Boise. Twin Falls processes mail from Stanley to Gooding to Malta to Rogerson. While there are a lot of ideas floating around about how this will affect all of us, I have to wonder if we all have really thought about it.

The post office says this will only affect six jobs (the union says 30) and will save more than $70,000 yearly in transportation costs. I would like that one explained. (Wouldn't they have to add extra trucking because the mail isn't taken to Boise now? How much does it cost to run a contracted semi at five miles per gallon plus driver and maintenance costs? And Boise will have to add personnel and maybe machinery too!)

Besides all of that: How will this really affect all of us? The post office says our mail won't be delayed at all. The trip to and from Boise takes at least five hours with still several hours to process it. The first local trucks dispatch from Twin Falls now start just before 5 a.m. I don't believe that leaves them enough time to get the mail back from Boise and delivered to us for the next-day service that we all enjoy now.

Susie Miller

Filer, Idaho

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