Letter: Hultgren, Durbin need to help with Kaneville Post Office issue

By on February 14, 2013

I am writing this letter to inform you that the USPS has succeeded in reducing our little country town of Kaneville’s post office hours to four hours a day. Effective Feb. 23, the new hours will be 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The USPS is giving no consideration to the man who runs our post office now. He is highly efficient; he knows everyone, and makes sure everyone gets their mail correctly, even with the crazy Kaneville/Elburn addresses that confuse everyone.

Just recently, it was announced that the USPS will not have Saturday delivery at all, effective this August. Well, you might say, “What’s wrong with this? You still have your post office open.” This is the USPS’ first step in their plan to close our post office indefinitely. We lose our post office; we lose our identity; we lose Kaneville.

The post office is an important business center in our community. Many businesses rely on it being there. Our revenues are good. We have very little overhead unlike other post offices.

We called and repeatedly wrote letters to our congressman Randy Hultgren and Senator Dick Durbin, asking them for their help and guidance. Hultgren’s office said he has bigger things to worry about other than Kaneville’s little post office. Senator Durbin said he’s done his part; now it is time for the House of Representatives to act. Come on, gentlemen, let’s remember who put you both into office—the people. And those same people live right here in Kaneville, anxiously awaiting your help. Do something for the people of Kaneville. Help us. Give us a full-time postmaster. Do not cut our postal hours.

Please write or call congressman Hultgren and Senator Durbin and ask them to be accountable. Keep our small town alive.

Pat Hill