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Tell the Postmaster that Martinez needs a Zip code

Posted: August 27, 2014 - 12:02am

To my fellow residents of Martinez,

A few weeks ago, the Columbia County News-Times ran an editorial about my concerns with the sharing of a Zip code between Martinez and West Augusta. Several of you have contacted me by phone in support for the change; there was even a letter to the editor in support for change.

In order for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to take any action, two things have to take place. A letter to the Postmaster requesting the change that he must send up the chain of command.

This I have done. The second phase is a survey of the Martinez residents as to their feelings about a need for separating the Martinez and West Augusta Zip codes. Surveys cost money and are very labor intensive.

Instead of a formal survey, I am asking the residents of Martinez to invest a few cents in a postcard sent to the Postmaster, Augusta and stating, “I would like a separation of the Martinez and West Augusta Zip codes, with Martinez, Georgia having its own Zip code.” It is important that you print your name and return address clearly on the postcard, so the USPS knows you are a resident, then send it to the address below so the process can begin in earnest.

Postmaster Augusta

525 Eighth St.

Augusta, GA 30901

Joe Soparas, Martinez

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Little Lamb

No

Mr. Soparas is thinking emotionally instead of practically. Post offices are located to serve postal patrons, not political subdivisions. There is nothing wrong with having postal delivery routes in West Augusta served by the post office located in Martinez. We don’t have road blocks and check points to impede traffic flow from Columbia to Richmond county. The postal delivery vans do a fine job getting mail to homes and businesses in West Augusta.

To change our post office does not bring one bit of efficiency to postal operations and, in fact, would make things less efficient (and thus more costly). Changing our zip code would bring headaches to us as we have to notify everyone from whom we get mail that we have a new zip code.

The whole idea is crazy.

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