To the Editor:
Recently, a meeting was held to discuss moving mail processing from the Fort Dodge processing plant to Des Moines. This mail that is worked (processed) in Fort Dodge is mail collected by letter carriers, the mail placed in boxes by you the customer and bulk mail drops. Volume figures for the 505 area were not available at the meeting.
The process to close an established mail processing plant is a four-step process, which the Post Office is required to complete. Step one has been completed. It is very important that the public understaands that the decision to remove mail processing from Fort Dodge will be made by individuals with no ties to Fort Dodge. This group of decision makers will be thining only of the P.O. They will not care about the economic hit to Fort Dodge and the 505 area in these poor economic times. This disruption of the lives of the employees who will be forced to move will be given little thought by postal management.
It is extremely doubtful that the proposed plan will improve mail service. Transportation expenses will have to increase. The P.O. can basically change their own delivery standards to fit the need. What is considered overnight can be changed to two-day delivery with the stroke of a pen.
All customers of the 505 zip code area need to write to your representatives and the Post?Office expressing your concerns about this issue. Fax, email or call - whatever you can do, but please do not ignore this issue. The power entrusted to the decision makers comes with the responsibity to make the correct decision. Let the decision makers know you care about the mail service you receive.
And yes, there is aplace in today's world for the Post Office as we know it. Online payment of bills have cut the volume the P.O. processes. This not a bad thing for the customer. Many people don't have access to or trust computers and many items need to be in hard copy. The Post Office has been a trusted entity for a long time through history and will continue to exist in one form or another.