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Proposed mailing process could impact you

YAKIMA, Wash. - Debbie Newman uses the Yakima Post Office on a regular basis to send bills and letters.

If the U.S. Postal Service decides to implement the new mailing process, Newman said it would be a big waste of time for a lot of people.  

"That's ridiculous because there's so many people that deal with people right here in this area and need to send mail across town," Newman said. "There is no point in waiting that long."  

However, according to the U.S. Postal Service, the only thing that is would change is the way First-Class mail is processed.

So if you live in Yakima and want to send a letter to your neighbor, it would first have to go to Pasco to be processed before it would make it to their mail box back in Yakima.

 According to the U.S. Postal Service, it would take the same amount of time as it does now to send a letter locally, and this is just away to try and consolidate the mailing process in the valley.

The consolidation would save the Postal Service about $153 thousand.

The same services that are currently offered at the Yakima Post Office will not be affected. You will still be able to buy stamps, send packages, get money orders or rent a post office box.

As for Newman, she feels if this process is approved, it could force some residents to do some of their mailing on their own.  

"Maybe it's going to be easier for them to walk across town, or maybe if they're doing errands downtown, drop of a payment," Newman said.

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