Post Office Planning For Closures
July 26, 2011 by USA Post
Post Office Planning For Closures, News was delivered Tuesday to thousands of communities across the U.S. that their local post offices could close. The response of many residents: return to sender. “We have to fight this,” said Michelle Suchaski, who worked at the post office in rural Alabama Hatchechubbee of this until recently.
U.S. Postal Service, with the support of the postal revenue has been declining in the digital age, is fighting a record deficit of up to 9000 million and this year in part by cutting its network of 32,000 offices emails. On Tuesday it published a list of 3653 post offices, mostly rural, with eyes to close because of “low activity”.
The Postal Service, said that in many cases, after the offices are closed, it would contract with local merchants to offer some services.
Ms. Suchaski said Hatchechubbee the post office is a place where commercial news about births and deaths and the occasional loose cow, and where service extends beyond email to help some customer’s semi- illiterate pay the bills.
“A lot of people were proud and said, ‘I have not my glasses. Can you help me?” “She said. “They know me so just put the money and the bill on the counter and then leave.’d Put his hand in an envelope with the receipt and put it in the safe and would return later and get your change. Office Post does not endorse that, but because you live here, is something you do. ”
Sen. Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, which has 34 post offices in the list, said the closure of post offices would not solve the financial problems of the Postal Service. “The fact is that the maintenance of rural offices of our country after the Postal Service’s costs less than 1% of their total budget and not the cause of financial crisis,” he said.
The postal service and had 67 billion in revenue for fiscal 2010, said it would save 200 million a year and closing 3653 post offices.
Cliff Island, located in Casco Bay, Maine, he was afraid of being closed to pedestrian traffic low. “Please do your part: Order your postage stamps Cliff Island,” his website. Tuesday learned that the island was on the list.
“The post office is actually one of the most lifeline to the mainland of these small communities,” said Dana Wilson, Island Institute, a nonprofit organization that serves the Maine towns on the island.
Not all post offices in the list will close. “This is a studio and office can and will be eliminated due to extenuating circumstances,” said postal service spokeswoman Sue Brennan.
In Deaver, Wyoming, Phillip Klebenstein, a maintenance worker for the city, was in conflict with your post office to be on the list. “There will be some people unhappy, but worth what it is costing? Not know,” he said.
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