Rambling Thoughts

On the front page this week we have a story on the U.S. Postal Service looking to make changes to its service standards. Specifically they are looking at eliminating overnight service for first-class and periodicals. In a “Frequently Asked Questions” pamphlet on the website, the USPS makes the statement that the average citizen won’t notice the change.

Really?

Are they serious?

They can’t be. I’d be surprised if everyone didn’t notice, especially in the Big Horn Basin. Here at the Basin Republican Rustler, we get mail from the publisher in Lovell quite often. Often times we depend on it to be here overnight and with just a first-class stamp 99 percent of the time it gets here overnight. We’ll certainly notice here at the office.

The change will impact how and when we mail out to make sure all of Big Horn County receives their paper on Thursday as it’s intended.

There’s other mail from around the state that people expect to be here in a day. We’ll all have to plan ahead now if mailing something.

We understand the financial difficulties of the Postal Service. We understand them looking at closing post offices with few customers. But changing service standards, we believe, will result in them losing more customers as people look for alternatives to deliver messages, bills, payments in a timely fashion.

If they lose more business it only hurts them financially.

We don’t have an easy answer. Times are changing. It’s an electronic world and that has hurt the Postal Service. But we don’t understand businesses that cut customer service when making budget cuts. It doesn’t make sense. We hope they find other alternatives.

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Another rambling is on Tueday’s priority-setting community assessment meeting. This is an opportunity for you to look at the four major themes the assessment team came up with after visiting with residents in June — economic development, programs and services, infrastructure and recreation.

It’s your chance to tell which one you think is the top priority for the town, suggest ways to reach objectives and voice your opinion on who should be in charge of addressing the priority.

It’s your chance to be heard so we hope to see you at 6 p.m. at the Basin City Arts Center on Sept. 27.

— Karla Pomeroy