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Study supports ending mail processing in Augusta

Augusta area mail would be processed in Macon, Ga., or Columbia

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 8:59 PM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 2:12 AM
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A feasibility study completed by the U.S. Postal Service supports discontinuing mail-processing operations at Augusta’s main branch, the postal service has announced.

According to the postal service, mail would be sent to Macon, Ga., or Columbia to be sorted and posted to their destinations.

The consolidation would not close Aug­usta’s main post office branch, but it would affect 110 jobs and make the standard delivery time two to three days.

“The people who are going to suffer are the people in the community, because … checks, income that goes through the mail, bills, they will be delayed,” said Karen Gilmore, the president of the Augusta-area American Postal Workers Union.

Before taking any action, the postal service will hold a public meeting to get input. If the consolidation goes through, it would save $4.9 million.

Gilmore said the consolidation would let mail be collected at the Augusta branch, but not sorted or mailed out on site. Letters mailed from ZIP codes starting with 308 and 309 will go 125 miles to Macon to be sorted; those from the 298 ZIP codes will go to Columbia, 75 miles away.

The postal service has announced several branch closings and consolidations across the U.S.

The postal service would have to reduce its operating costs by $20 billion by 2015 to return to profitability, David Williams, the vice president of network operations, said in a news release.

Gilmore said that because a public hearing is required before making changes, she is not sure public outcry can prevent any changes.

“I think they’re just going through the motions” by having the hearing, she said. “But we’re not going to sit still, either. It’s going to impact everyone.”

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 12/09/11 - 03:04 am
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As much as you hate to see
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As much as you hate to see the processing plant close in Augusta, you
just have to agree the postal service needs to cut spending to survive.
I believe that there is definitely too many postoffices and too many employees and this cutback has to be done. The postal department needs to be profitable and when profits go down changes are made.

avidreader
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avidreader 12/09/11 - 06:17 am
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dickworth -- Your comment is

dickworth -- Your comment is sad, but true.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/09/11 - 06:22 am
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I know they have to make cuts

I know they have to make cuts but does that mean the people in Macon will get their mail a day or two sooner? To a business that matters.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/09/11 - 06:43 am
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Consolidate the entire

Consolidate the entire country's mail processing in Kansas City and only deliver one day a week. E-mail and faxes have changed our paper communications. The Pony Express didn't last forever.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/09/11 - 07:01 am
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river do you realize there

river do you realize there are many who don't have fax machines & computers?? Lots of elders would be at a loss w/o mail service.......years from now we may see just a couple of days service but not in our life time.... You will be an ole fogey one day so try to have some compassion for the fogeys all around you now....please.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/09/11 - 07:28 am
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There are few housholds that

There are few housholds that don't have a computer. I do have compassion for the older folks....And heck, I'm certainly not that young, but the world has changed. It's like the requirement that legal notices have to be printed in the local paper. That is so archaic and a major loss of money.

Old folks might even get into this new technology. Wait until this 3-D TV thing becomes common and you can play 3-D pornographic movies. My Uncle Mervin will buy himself a pair of those glasses and wear them all day just getting ready for the movie. I can see it now.

Uncle Mervin, "Take off those glasses, you're in bed."

Idunno
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Idunno 12/09/11 - 08:00 am
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Remember some years back when

Remember some years back when the Post Office spent millions of dollars to have their logo updated, and it still looked pretty much the same? Then they immediately asked for a price increase in postage. Then we saw they were one of the sponsors of The Tour de France. Maybe they should have just left things be, as people were going to use the Post Office for mailing letters or they weren't, and "updating" their logo didn't mean anything to the consumers. And why sponsor anything? Again, they were technically the only game in town for letters and such at the time. Apparently they should have had more common sense with the money they had. Anyway, my local post office branch, the Hill Station, is a deterrent to using the post office. No matter how long the line is, jammed into that cramped tiny office, there is almost always just one person behind the counter, and they are certainly never in any kind of hurry. Of course, they are working with a public that is rarely prepared when they get to the counter, so I'll give them that. When we got a new mailman on our route, he immediately insisted we all put up mailboxes, because he wasn't going to be "schlepping" mail all over the place, never mind that we're two short streets off any main roads, and, heaven forbid you get a package, because he will balance it on the mailbox or just lay it on the ground by the mailbox. Anyway, my point is, poor service, and wasteful spending helped do the post office in as much as any technology advances.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/09/11 - 08:10 am
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They should actually bring

They should actually bring back the Pony Express in every town and charge admission to watch them ride by. You could get a special stamp for a hundred bucks if you sent mail via them. Wouldn't that be cool?

I mean the Post Office is simply going to be a historic artifact before long anyway. Just use it for reenactments of how the mail used to be delivered.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 12/09/11 - 08:30 am
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Too many double, and triple

Too many double, and triple dippers retire from the USPS. As expensive as it is, we have almost eliminated mail leaving from my business. And besides that, almost all of the mail I receive are bills. I don't like that for sure.

Chillen
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Chillen 12/09/11 - 10:19 am
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I just posted a link to this

I just posted a link to this article on a Letter to the Editor. It sure fits here too. They are planning to eliminate 100,000 jobs nationwide.

This article provides a good look at what is happening to our incompetent and mismanaged government post office. Hey, it is a government office, what did you expect?!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070055/US-Postal-Service-slows-...

star
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star 12/09/11 - 10:26 am
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If the big bosses at

If the big bosses at headquarters would reduce their big salaries and benefits these proposed changes would not be necessary. Remember the big news on 60 Minutes about the postal admin. buying multimillion dollar houses for big wigs and then later trying to sell them and couldn't ???? This is just the tip of the iceberg on wasteful, selfish spending that has gotten the business where it is today and guess who suffers...the average citizen. They are no different than WASHINGTON, D.C. BIG GOVERNMENT SPENDING TAXPAYERS MONEY LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW AND KEEPING THEIR BIG SALARIES AND BENEFITS AND CUTTING OUR BENEFITS/SERVICES!!!!

Chillen
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Chillen 12/09/11 - 10:26 am
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Public Sector Unions are

Public Sector Unions are largely to blame for all the post office woes. Well, them and the politicians who allowed them to infiltrate our govt with their ridiculous demands.

Govt pensions must end - they are bankrupting our cities, counties, states & federal govt. Invest in a 401K like the rest of us.

Why should a govt employee get inflation adjusted pay for life just for doing the same amount of work (actually in many cases, less work) as a guy who works at an auto repair shop, a restaurant or someone who started a small business?

Talk about a life with no worries......I think obama should take this up as one of his "fairness" issues. After all, what they get is not "fair", right obama? How about it pal.....?

I believe that lifetime pensions are just economic nonsense and financially unsustainable.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/09/11 - 10:27 am
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What about the post office

What about the post office boxes that people rent? Do we know if they will keep them available? Anyone have an answer?

allhans
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allhans 12/09/11 - 10:47 am
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How about sending the mail

How about sending the mail from Macon or Columbia to Augusta to be sorted. Why does Augusta have to be the loser? Do I get to vote on this?

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 12/09/11 - 11:49 am
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☤ ❐ ✘

☤ ❐ ✘

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/09/11 - 10:50 am
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Weird, so now if I want to

Weird, so now if I want to send my niece a birthday card, in order to get it to Evans I have to mail it three or four days ahead?

So this is going to effect 110 jobs......how many jobs is it creating for Macon and Columbia?? Is Macon and Columbia going to charge the city of Augusta a fee to sort our mail??

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/09/11 - 11:06 am
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ICL, why don't we come

ICL, why don't we come together and form a Christian oriented, carrier service for Augusta! We will deliver letters and light packages for a fee and add a Bible verse for free. Then we can take the profit and use to help the needy in our area. Just a thought! :)

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/09/11 - 11:15 am
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I wonder if they privatized

I wonder if they privatized the mail processing center in Augusta, could they save 60 out of the 110 jobs.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/09/11 - 12:17 pm
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Right or wrong, do not

Right or wrong, do not believe that the study supported this action. This is the government folks. The facts were written to come to a preordained conclusion. Every study, white paper, and investigation done in government is written to support a decision that has already been made but needs a justification before being officially announced. I am not saying that the Post Office doesn't need to do something drastic to stay in business. They certainly do and Augusta just happened to be one of the losers. Unfortunately we will have to suffer cuts in service which would be unnecessary if we had actually privatized the Post Office in 1971 instead of making them another government welfare agency. If you really want to see the "problem" at the Post Office, take some time to observer the "hustle" factor of a postal worker compared to a UPS or FEDEX driver. Then pull up and compare their salaries, healthcare, and retirement benefits. The Post Office is simply a more visible microcosm of the cost of bloated, inefficient unionized government agencies.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 12/09/11 - 12:56 pm
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Imagine the pushback if the

Imagine the pushback if the "post office money" is delayed by 24-48 hours.

specsta
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specsta 12/09/11 - 01:19 pm
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Sometimes big problems have

Sometimes big problems have easy solutions.

I seem to remember an obscure comment in an article from several years ago that the easiest way to infuse money to the post office is to buy a stamp and then not use it. If the almost 300 million Americans bought an $8.80 book of stamps and discarded them, it would generate over 2 billion dollars for the post office. Surely that should be enough to save some jobs and keep our postal services efficiently available. This might be a viable proposal if we care that much about timely mail delivery.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/09/11 - 01:35 pm
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Scoop, sounds like a plan but

Scoop, sounds like a plan but who's doing the driving? You or Me? :)

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 12/09/11 - 01:57 pm
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I challenge anyone to make me

I challenge anyone to make me believe that the USPS could be just as effective and have same cost as it does now if it was privatized! Mail a simple business size letter thru USPS, UPS, FedEX or DHL and see how cost effective it is.
With the USPS, you won't miss your water, until your well runs dry!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/09/11 - 04:12 pm
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Standard delivery time would

Standard delivery time would be 2-3 days? Well, that would be an improvement! How is sending it somewhere else going to shorten the delivery time? Anything I mail from the main or local post offices 99% of the time takes 4-7 days to get somewhere else in Augusta. Out of town mail seems to make it in the standard 2-3 days mentioned above. Why the difference? I'd hate to see those offices close, though. I have friends working at some of them. I avoid the main office because the only acknowledgement, greeting or smiles I usually get on that property inside or out are from the panhandlers.

OJP
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OJP 12/09/11 - 05:04 pm
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dickworth: No, it doesn't.

dickworth:

No, it doesn't. If Congress amends the ridiculous 75-year pension pre-funding requirement, most of the USPS' financial problems will be solved.

OJP

shard
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shard 12/11/11 - 05:36 pm
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It will be wise to know that

It will be wise to know that USPS has paid 55 billion extra into retirement system (prepaid 75 years in advance), that pushed it in to the red not the industry, it all started in 2006 (when the law was passed to do so). This is not business in red, loss or anything you call it. This loss was manufactured to look like "red" by the bill passed by the congress. Saying this, I strongly believe there should be changes, but rightful not manipulated to hurt USPS in the longrun, for this is our "service" we deserve. I use "internet" not for things which require "privacy", that is where POSTAL system becomes inevitable.

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