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Why no home delivery in Vail Valley

Henry Goetze
Vail, CO, Colorado

Why no home delivery in Vail Valley

Why is it that in a community of discriminating and demanding residents — who expect the best in our resorts, hotels, and restaurants — do we accept a postal service that does not deliver the mail? Why is it that the U.S. Postal Service requires most of us to make a daily sojourn to the post office to pick up our mail?

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” I know that this is not the official motto of the Postal Service and might just be an inscription on the 33rd St.General Post Office in New York City, but it certainly seems light years from the guiding principle of the Avon and Edwards post offices.

Why is there no mail delivery to homes (at least to banks of mailboxes at gated communities)? This policy limits our ability in the mountains to order things from Amazon and other on line vendors because PO boxes cannot be entered into delivery fields.

I know that it is the prerogative of the local postmasters to determine the viability of home delivery (there are some neighborhoods in Vail that have always had home delivery).

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It seems that in this time of sensitivity to environmental issues that we would see the wisdom (and economy) of employing mail carriers rather than having each citizen drive to the post office each day.

I am struck by the irony that the rest of the country is debating a cutback of one day a week when mail won’t be delivered to homes, yet so many of us in the Vail Valley settle for mail that is never delivered to our homes.

Henry Goetze


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