This comment by Patrick Boline was so well-written and so popular on Facebook, that I decided to give it its own page and a photograph to boot. Because it says it all. And maybe Patrick will become famous.
I attended the recent town council meeting, and I always vote (local, state, and federal). I think it’s important to note the following: the service provided by our local post office and visitor center is an integral part of what makes Sykesville a great small town. Although budgetary matters are always a concern for any small town – especially in these tough economic times – I would like to point out that the U.S. Postal Service has been operating in the red since its inception.
It’s not about making a profit; it’s about providing a service that the citizens require. Those who showed up for the town council meeting were by and large a cross-section of people who absolutely count on the service provided by our small-town post office. They came to rely on the folks who had been providing full-fledged, reliable, and friendly service to Sykesville for the past 10 years.
In light of the recent town newsletter that trumpeted Sykesville’s extra cashflow right now (i.e., over $700,000 in the black), my great hope is that the Town Council will do whatever it takes to reopen the post office and visitor center and continue to provide a service that most every Sykesville citizen really does appreciate.