Having issues with your mail? The problem is only going to get worse

July 28 – The postal service has said at the end of August, the price of first class mail will go from 55 to 58 cents. In addition, there will be a deliberate slowdown in mail delivery.

And that is AFTER all the issues people have been experiencing over the past year with mail delivery.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll, Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen discussed the post office yesterday morning during the Big Talk on First News.

Barkdoll said, “Everyone knows this has been a problem now for the past year. This is part of a ten year plan that the Post Master General is saying they must do to bring the postal system into solvency to make it profitable.”

Looking at the maps from the committee that made this plan, our area is smack in the middle of the delay zone.

You can expect mail delays of maybe one to two additional days. Saturday hours in some post offices will be reduced. Service will be reduced in general.

Largely the western states will see the most severe delay.

Barkdoll said, “We will have a delay here coupled with a price increase for anything you mail.”

Jansen pointed out, “This is being done they’re saying because of the bad financial situation that they’re in and this would help them. Then the Independent Postal Regulatory Commission they said that they studied this plan and it will not do very much at all if anything to reduce their financial problems.”

Barkdoll said, “This is really causing problems in the business world. I see it day to day and week to week in the legal world. There is so much tied to mail delivery and when stuff is not getting delivered on time and look this is NOT the fault of our rural carriers. We acknowledge that. This is a system-wide problem at the top, but it really is creating a problem for court systems, businesses, banks and the problem has been bad for the past year and I’m sorry to say it’s actually going to get worse starting at the end of August when these new programs are implemented.”