November 2, 2022

Just My Opinion - By Mary Kilen

Get Out And Vote
The General Election is just around the corner with polls open in Mountrail County on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. A list of voting centers appears elsewhere in this week’s paper. For those who usually vote in the city of Stanley, the polling place for this election will be at the Mountrail County South Complex instead of in one of the schools. Voters can vote at any of the voting locations throughout the county.
While I know that there are a number of uncontested races on the ballot in this election, there are also some races that will see voters determine who will represent them in the US House of Representatives, US Senate, and state positions. There are also two measures for voters to decide on.
Voting, to me, is a personal decision. I find myself struggling sometimes as I look at the candidates. I’m a firm believer in basing my vote on the candidate and what they stand for. I like to believe that I do my due diligence in researching the candidates and issues. That can be difficult as you look at so much negative campaigning. I really want a candidate to tell me why they are the right choice, not what they find so “wrong” about their opponent.
That being said, I will exercise my right to vote next Tuesday. I respectfully ask that when you are voting that you will vote for the Mountrail County Promoter for official county newspaper. We are proud to hold that designation and would appreciate your continued trust in us.
I’m also a firm believer that if you do not go to the polls and exercise your right to vote you should not complain later if you are unhappy with the results. Over and over, I’ve heard people say, “I’m just one vote. It doesn’t matter.” That’s not true. Every vote matters and every vote counts. Close races are common and if more voters take that attitude, it absolutely matters.

The Struggle With The Mail
This week, the North Dakota news cooperative is doing a story on the struggles with mail delivery. Before I go any further, I want to point out that I think the people in the Stanley Post Office are doing a good job. We are fortunate to have some dedicated employees in our office.
Our daughter Amanda and her family live in Bismarck and they might have one of the best delivery persons to be found. I remember our first experience with Dewey as they were just moving into their new home. I looked out the window to see him walking down the street with purpose and a smile on his face.
He has established quite the relationship with the people he serves. He makes sure their mail is delivered and that packages are safely stowed away. He has checked to make sure that mail should be delivered to their home when they had a long-term guest staying with them. He has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
That being said, I want to share my struggles this past week.
I ordered from a makeup company that I order from on a regular basis on October 23. I got my delivery confirmation email and saw that it was expected for delivery on October 31. That’s not so bad, in fact it’s about normal. I tracked the package and saw it move from Melrose Park, Illinois, a spot where my packages sometimes get hung up for a longer than usual time. It moved quickly from there, though, and was in West Fargo on October 27. On October 28 it arrived at Bismarck and to my surprise, my expected delivery date moved to November 1.
Amanda went to the Bismarck Post Office on Friday to send a package to us. She was also told it should be in Stanley by November 1. It’s only 150 miles from Bismarck to Stanley. She could’ve walked it here in less time than the projected delivery date.
Now, both of the packages did arrive on Monday, Oct. 31, but the expectation being set by the Bismarck Post Office is frustrating.

As a business that relies heavily on the mail service, we frequently hear from our readers about the time it takes to get their paper. That, unfortunately, is a problem shared by newspapers everywhere. We are mailed under a different class than first class mail, and as a result our delivery is generally slower.
The frustration for us is the always increasing mailing rates. We are about to be hit by our second rate increase in less than a year. This is an increase that will lead us to have to increase our subscription rates for the first time in many years. We have absorbed a number of increases, but after these last two we are going to have to take a look at what it costs us to mail the newspapers each week and address that in our subscription rates after the first of the year.
I wouldn’t mind paying more if our delivery times would increase as a result. I know that the USPS is struggling with the same issues as most employers. They are short on employees and struggle to keep employees. I just hope that they find a way to address the concerns of the people they are serving.