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Letter: The truth about Woody Creek post office

I am writing in response to the opinion piece penned by Margaret Reckling and published in The Aspen Times (“Woody Creek’s character is at stake,” Nov. 14). Needless to say, we were surprised and dismayed by the lack of fact regarding the comments Reckling shared about the local Woody Creek post office.

None of the claims is accurate, and Reckling fanned quite a bit of fear in the community about the future of its post office based on faulty or nonexistent fact-gathering.

Here’s the truth:

We are not shutting down the post office.

The ZIP code is not being discontinued.

Customers will not have to go to Basalt to pick up their mail.

The postmaster is not being pressured to transfer to Snowmass.

We are in the process of adjusting the hours at about 13,000 post offices across the country. Many small offices — like Woody Creek — don’t have enough revenue, mail or work to justify an eight-hour retail presence. Yet we still are committed to these towns and will continue our presence there, just at reduced hours.

Specifically for Woody Creek, we haven’t started the process. So there are no specified hour proposals, implementation dates or other information, and this information won’t likely be available until late next year. At that point, we’ll fully inform and involve the public in any potential changes.

We are grateful for our customers and our fine employees who deliver superior services to offices large and small throughout the area.

David Rupert

U.S. Postal Service