Comments from South Dakotans
Supporting “Deliver the Mail” Campaign
(The following comments were volunteered by
South Dakotans who signed the “Deliver the Mail”
I depend on the mail going through in a timely fashion. I don't use e-mail to write to everyone I know. Ialso mail my check, as the bank is 40 miles away, and I do not want direct deposit. So many of thesearguments are in FAVOR of keeping the postal services as is. We don't need more changes, which willonly inconvenience the people who still use the mail, and in the long run, the postal service will loseMORE money.In rural SD and small towns we need the delivery of mail on a daily basis and need mail sent in state toarrive at its destination within one to two days.We are distressed by the many negative effects of the closing of the mail processing center at Mobridge.Our mail now goes to Bismarck, ND for processing. The local mail comes back a day or two later. Evenour in-town mail has to be sent to Bismarck! Some days the mail does not all fit on one truck so some isleft behind. We have not received an Aberdeen daily paper on the right day since this started.Sometimes we get three in one day. It took the Mobridge paper 6 days to get to Timber Lake
40miles. People don't know when they will receive their prescriptions. We can't argue with the closing of some very small post offices where there are good alternatives but we can't understand the USPSreducing delivery standards so drastically. We publish the newspaper in Timber Lake and we pay about$12,000 a year in postage; we feel like the USPS does not want our business but we have no goodalternatives. People say the Post Office should be run like a business. No real business could treatcustomers this way and stay in business.By closing the processing centers, and getting rid of a delivery day, the USPS will actually encouragemore people to do bill paying and other correspondence online. At this time, I prefer to write and mailmost of my bills as checks. If my mail id delayed in processing and delivery, I will choose to use onlinepayment methods.Very important that we have overnight delivery in our country! There are many things that need to bedelivered each day!Why would a service business that is struggling decrease service to their customers! That does notmake good business sense. Not only that, but they will still charge customers the same amount for adecrease in service! Are they trying to drive customers away??? Keep overnight delivery!