The Postal Service has targeted 4,500 post offices for closure and 230 processing plants for consolidation. The Postmaster General says he plans to close half of the country's 32,000 post offices over the next few years.
The closings and consolidations won't save the Postal Service — they'll destroy it. Tell Congress and the President to extend the moratorium on closings beyond May 15, while the country has a more thoughtful discussion about the future of the Postal Service.
The Postal Service is closing thousands of small rural post offices, and it's reviewing half of the country's 32,000 post offices for closure.
The post office is an American institution. Many communities faced with losing their post office have had one for over 150 years, yet they’re given just 60 days to respond. When communities protest at public meetings, representatives of the Postal Service don’t seem to listen. It’s as if the decision has already been made—and it probably has been.
We need a much more thoughtful national discussion about the meaning of universal service and the financial issues facing the Postal Service. And while we’re having that conversation, the Postal Service should stop closing post offices and stop studying post offices for closure.