About two weeks ago, I drove up to the mail box at the Super S parking lot to deposit some mail only to find the mail box was gone. Seems as though our post office has determined that we don’t need it.
As the postal service cuts back on service, and is even considering a “mail less” day, I am wondering where does it end. And when postal services are reduced, does the postmaster’s paycheck also reflect the reduction? (I doubt that).
Recently 1,750 residents of the town of Otisfield, Maine were outraged when the local post office was removing a mailbox. The town clerk and her assistant stopped the removal and refused to let the remover proceed. Amid the glare of TV cameras, the work was stopped.
Unfortunately we don’t have a TV station, (or even a radio station). But we do have the Blanco News. The postal service is now “reconsidering the removal”.
But I digress. As this mail at the Super S was routinely picked up by a mail carrier, it is hard to see how this maildrop box poses an economic hardship on our local post office.
(I really don’t want to hear that it suffers from little usage, after all a town the size of Blanco isn’t really going to stuff it very often, if at all).
As the post office has no drive through drop off box, pulling in and out in front of the post office can be a little hazardous. I personally know of one accident there as I was in it. And it really was caused by a lack of visibility rather than driver error. For this reason alone, I have often used the Super S parking lot mailbox.
Add to that the very limited time the post office is available on Saturday, (one hour in the early morning at a special window, before most folks are up), while other small towns do offer Saturday morning counter service.
We could even wind up with no post office at all and we will all be off to Johnson City to buy stamps and mail packages.
Perhaps then we will get our little mailbox back in the Super S parking lot. Yeah! ! !