Speak out on ZIP code

A few weeks ago, The Columbia County News-Times ran an editorial about my concerns with the sharing of a ZIP code between Martinez and west Augusta (“Shared ZIP codes can be changed,” Aug. 3). Several residents contacted me by phone in support of the change; there even was a letter to the editor in support of a change.

For the U.S. Postal Service to take any action, two things have to take place. A letter to the postmaster requesting a change must be sent up the chain of command. I have done this. The second phase is a survey of Martinez residents on their feelings about a need for separating the Martinez and west Augusta ZIP codes. Surveys cost money and are very labor-intensive. Instead of a formal survey, I am asking residents of Martinez to invest a few cents in a postcard sent to the postmaster in Augusta and stating, “I would like a separation of the Martinez and west Augusta ZIP codes, with Martinez, Ga., having its own ZIP code.” It is important that you print your name and return address clearly on the postcard, so the Postal Service knows you are a resident, then send it to the address below so the process can begin in earnest.

Postmaster Augusta

525 Eighth St.

Augusta, GA 30901


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