Letter to the Editor
Post Office loss allows us to show who we are
Most of us never think about the prospect of losing a community staple like a post office in our communities. The concern here is not the temporary location but the possibility it could be lost forever if something isn't done quickly.
The timing could not be worse with the City of West Linn dealing with a financial shortfall over the next two years and unable to use the GoBond funds to purchase and develop a suitable site for the post office to lease.
There are places where it could be located but property owners are not open to modifying their plans to accommodate this important service.
Several ideas are for the citizens to put together an independent fund for relocating this service. I estimate with land purchase and facility development it would take approximately $10 million. The fund could be paid back over 30 years with the lease.
Our Congressional Delegation may not be able to assist us in this endeavor since the postal service was spun off to be on its own by Congress years ago in 1971. We may be on our own here and need to step up, do some serious fundraising and planning.
If anyone is interested in spearheading such an endeavor, let me know...I am eager to help do what I can to enhance the public good.
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