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Post office has lost personal touch

March 11, 2011
Lake Placid News
To the editor:

This is addressed to:  an unnamed representative of the U.S. Postal Service:

The very fact that I do not know who I am writing to points out how impersonal human relations in our country have become.

My wife and I are in our 70s now, and we have lived in small towns all our lives.  In every case we have known the identities of many of our neighbors, and, like an extended family, shared their joys, disappointments, and tragedies.

The local post office in a small town is not just a postal service, it is a rallying point where friends and neighbors meet at a daily level, to collect the mail of course, but also to discuss local and sometimes, state and national concerns.

We have been told that there is no way the U.S. Postal Service can give us back what we have lost: our local post office.  What we will get, most likely, is a bunch of cluster boxes with no personality or warmth of spirit whatsoever.

In my lifetime I have been a teacher and a volunteer fireman, constantly barraged by well-meaning politicians from the city who impose their impersonal ways of life upon us, because they either don’t understand that the “one size fits all” approach is seriously flawed, or they just think we should learn to live like they do.  They think we’d be better off.

In no case, we have been better off.

I would urge those in charge to think through the decision to never reinstate the local post office at 12943 again. There is enough anger in this town that the people will not be appeased easily.

Thank you,

Alden “Chuck” Dumas

Keene Valley


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