What we think: Mount Eden in real danger of losing its post office

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Cutbacks put in jeopardy, and citizens' rally needs hard, fast focus.

Citizens in Mount Eden, on both sides of the Shelby and Spencer county lines, are putting up the good fight against what ultimately may be the most overpowering opponent other than death that any of us will face: the United States government.
They fear – and with good cause – that they will lose their venerable post office to the aggressive cost-cutting plan that the United States Postal Service is employing to combat the diminishing income of its once great monopoly.
And, frankly, we understand their fear, and, sadly, believe it is only a matter of time before Mount Eden becomes the next PO in Shelby County to go undeliverable.
Postal officials, we grant, do have a massive problem. Their customer base has become porous through the migration to electronic bill services, ecological motivations and simple competition.
Mount Eden, postal officials admit, is in the crosshairs for a deadly bullet because its lease is up and because its postmaster job is open.
Residents don’t want to lose their office not so much because of the loss of service – they know a new kiosk station could handle much of their need – but because a post office, like a church and a school, is a validation of a community itself.
As small towns lost schools to consolidation – and Mount Eden is one of those – they lost an institution to carry the town’s name into the public and provide a rallying point for all.
As post offices go, it’s as if the government somehow has stopped recognizing its existence and that mapmakers may some day eliminate a town’s spot.
We can only imagine what would happen if the Baptists left town.
So residents feel like this is the bottom of the ninth inning and Mighty Casey is headed to the plate. The team needs a hit, and it needs to score big with postal evaluators.
Up strides state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), who visited with dozens of residents recently to advise them to write letters to all levels of officialdom, to plead their cases loudly and prolifically, to rouse their loyal supporters on high and play every political card in their little decks, lest Mighty Casey strike out.
We agree with Mr. Montell’s suggestions, and we add one more.
When you write those letters, mail them with a stamp – and be sure they are postmarked in Mount Eden.