This was last posted on April 17, 2009. It’s timely to bring this back given the news about postal service cut-backs.

by Anonymous (for obvious reasons) 

Last fall I read in the news that the US Postal Service lost $2 Billion in the fiscal year that ended in 2008. The Postal Service employs close to 700,000 people and they are looking to cutting 40,000 jobs. The fact that there are three post offices in Woodstock, 2 more than needed, I wonder how many towns across the country have this kind of duplicative bureaucracy (triplicative?). The US postal service better clean up its act before everything goes electronic. Otherwise 700,000 will lose their jobs.

We used to have four post offices in Woodstock (quadruplicative?). When I visited our place in the Valley in the 1980’s, we’d drive over to the Woodstock Valley Post Office often because it was fun to shoot the bull with Postmaster Roland Demers. It was nice that the US Postal Service provided us with this entertainment. Then the Woodstock Valley Post Office closed, I think because Roland retired. Since then no one has heard from anyone in Woodstock Valley. How do those people survive with no ‘local’ post office? People tell me that there are settlers over there especially clustered around the lakes. Some say there’s more people over there than around here, but they are too remote to know about; they probably are the ones that don’t vote because of the distance to the Town Hall.

I think Alan Walker ought to organize an expedition to explore who’s over there … sort of like the Lewis and Clark expedition… Delia Fey could lead this expedition. There may be lots of squatters that are not paying taxes, and possibly Woodstock ex-patriots who were at one time elected town officials; I think there are several former First Selectmen … and who knows, there may be gold over there too.

To get back on track, we not only have the Main Woodstock post office, but we have the East Woodstock and South Woodstock post offices. I went into the South Woodstock post office a week ago for the first time in a very long time and am still wondering if the contract I signed and mailed there made it to the Northeast Placement Service next door. I probably should have just delivered it myself. This reminds me of the time my father put a check in the mail to a fellow Woodstockian who plowed his driveway. This mail took two weeks to make its destination. When he inquired at the main Woodstock Post Office as to why it took so long, the postmaster glibly asked why didn’t Dad just drive it over and put it in his mailbox? What a knee slapper :-) . Of course! It was actually a shorter distance to the plowman’s mailbox than to the Main Post Office. Dad could have saved time, some gas, and the cost of a stamp.

Maybe the US Postal Service could save a couple of billion if it cleaned up its act… a spin-off of closing unneeded post offices would be that there would be less places for postal workers to go postal.

My favorite stamp.