Published: (Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 05:01AM) Midnight, Dec 29, 2011
First-class next-day delivery could be a thing of the past, and a letter mailed in Eugene would travel 100 miles up and down Interstate 5 to Portland before arriving at its local destination, if the U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with a proposal to close its Gateway processing center in Springfield.
Where will that leave veterans and seniors who rely on mail-order medical prescriptions, small businesses who require prompt mail delivery of their goods or notifications, and the Oregon election system that relies on mailed ballots?
Those were among the questions asked by some in a crowd of approximately 150 people who showed up Wednesday night at Lane Community College to a public hearing on the proposal.
Libby Bottero, who works as a nurse at a local hospital, told a panel of Postal Service officials that more and more people are relying on mail order medication.
“They can’t wait more days to get (it),” she said. “It’s the poorest and neediest people who are going to suffer the most.”
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