For the past several weeks, the ladies here at the Gazette have been getting lots of calls from you, our readers, about your paper getting to your mailbox later than you had been accustomed to seeing it.
We want you to know we understand that frustration, but we also want you to know there really is not a lot we can do about it here.
Once the paper is finished here in our office, it is sent to the printer. After that, it is bagged up and sent to the U.S. postal service for delivery.
Unfortunately, as we all know, the postal service has been undergoing some changes in recent years, and those changes have impacted the delivery of our mail – whether it be the newspaper or the birthday card from our grandma we hoped to see on our actual birthday.
What makes it even more frustrating is local postal service employees have little they can do, either, and when questions are asked the only response they can give is to tell us they really can’t say anything.
For example, did you know the time mail has to be in to make it in the day’s delivery has changed? It is now earlier than it had been in the past, and postal service leadership much higher up the chain than the average customer is able to talk with, in their infinite wisdom, did not feel it was necessary to publicize it.
It is no wonder fewer people are utilizing the U.S. Postal Service today.
While we have every confidence in the world in the people who serve us in our local communities, the upper echelon of the government agency has become out of touch.
The beauty of it all is the overall service has dropped, but the cost to deliver that same letter is on the increase.
I guess that’s the beauty of government involvement.
Now they want us to believe that same government which has failed to deliver the simplest of things in a timely manner is able to take care of something far more important – our health?