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OUR VIEW: Make your voice heard on postal hours plan

Thousands of post offices in the United States likely will see a reduction in operating hours, the latest move by the U.S. Postal Service to stop its financial hemorrhaging.

Called the Post Plan, the changes will be phased in over a period of two years. The changes are part of a wider-reaching plan to save the Postal Service some $2 billion annually.

On the surface, we actually like the idea of reducing hours. We know not everyone will agree, but we feel that if a reduction in hours can save some post offices from outright closure, it's a trade we're willing to make.

It also beats the heck out of losing Saturday mail service, which we are dead-set against for many reasons, including a few selfish ones that relate to our own business model.

Recently, the South Dakota Newspaper Association sent a notice announcing public meetings to discuss the plan to reduce hours at various sites. In the Mitchell area, five post offices are slated for changes.

Those offices and their scheduled public meeting times are:

• Alpena, noon, Tuesday, Oct. 23.

• Letcher, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23.

• Olivet, 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.

• Tabor, 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.

• Ideal, 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

We realize that daytime meetings aren't always easy to get to, but we strongly suggest attendance for anyone with concerns about their postal service. Even if your concerns aren't with a reduction in hours, this is a chance to get opinions in front of people who will listen to them.

Don't want to lose your post office? Tell them how your town needs this service.

Don't want to lose Saturday service? Tell them weekend delivery is vital to rural customers and those who require six-day delivery for medications and other vital packages.

Don't want to see your postal hours cut? Tell them of the inconveniences that will come with reduced hours.

Do not sit back and think these problems will solve themselves. Make your voice, and your opinions, heard.