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  • Anonymous

    Everyone from Postal officials and politicians are being too
    sensitive and showing zero courage in doing what needs to be done to set the
    Postal Service in the right direction. Because people in these small
    communities have always had the Post Office as an adhoc community center does
    not mean that it is etched in stone that the location will always be there. For
    the good of the Postal Service as a whole they need to close the locations that
    are serving too few people or are in close proximity to another location. Show some
    courage and don’t worry about your next election.

    • Anonymous

      Let the post office make a profit to . Do you know by law that the post office can not  make a profit an if it dose the government takes that money . 

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that so many nice post office buildings have been built in the “boonies,” but now they may have to be shuttled to in-town stores.  Wasting money there, for certain.

  • Old Bear

    It cost the tax payers 35billon dollars to keep the Post Office open and still the price of stamps will still keep climbing. It will never be payed back. The postal service is to top heavy. Keep the workers and get reid of the rest. Then the postal service will do fine.

    • Anonymous

      The biggest problem is the mandate by congress to pre-fund
      their pension system so many years into the future (not sure how many years it
      is). They are funding the pensions of people that have yet to even be hired.
      Closing these small offices and doing away with 6 day per week delivery are
      really only part of the problem, but it surely is a good place to start.

      • jimbobhol

        The funding of the pensions and medical goes all the way back to the 70 when the Postal Service was changed.  In 2006 The Government saw the writing on the wall, that if they didn’t force the Postal Service to fund this more there wouldn’t be enough money for the 600,000 employees.  The service has only paid into the fund 3 full payments of $ 5.5 billion, one partial payment of $ 1.4 billion and no payment in 2011/2012. This isn’t the reason their broke. The Senate bill wants to give 35 billion dollars to the Postal Service, but they have only paid 17 billion into the retirement fund. The Postal Service loses 25 million dollars a day and something has to change.

    • Anonymous

      I think you misunderstand how the postal service is funded. The Postal Service does not receive tax dollars to operate.

      • Old Bear

        The postal service just got a 35billion dollar bailout from the Feds. According  to Susan Collins and the Post Master General this week. That part I did not misunderstand.

      • Anonymous

        The Postal Service just borrowed 12.1 Billion Dollars from the US Treasury, tax payers money,  to make payroll in February 2012.

        • Anonymous

          Oh Boy lets dump some more money down the  drain.

  • I am from the Boonies, but now live along our lovely coast where we have an abundance of everything – including postal services.  With so many elderly people in our rural communities, can we please maybe sacrifice an urban post office here and there and let these people keep their darned post offices? Crikey.

  • Anonymous

    Let the post office raise its rates an let them make a profit as it is now by law the post office can not make a profit. Even if they raise there rates it will still be cheaper than sending a letter UPS or fedex

    • Anonymous

      try E-Mail. Cheap and almost instant .
       

      • Anonymous

        Yes, and it’s so easy to email those meds and packages. Why didn’t I think of that? Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        You can’t send every thing by email you will still need the post office

  • Guest

    A good example of Postal inefficiency is in Fort Kent Mills where they have their own post office and zip code.  I’m not sure if they deliver mail from that facility, but the main PO is in Fort Kent about 2 miles down the road. 

    • Anonymous

      Thats great . Two post offices within two maybe three miles of another.

      • Anonymous

        another good example is Mars Hill and Blaine…less than a mile aprt, about 14 buildings between the two post offices. THe tiny Blaine PO could EASILY be closed and thier rural carrier could work out of Mars Hill…EASY

  • Anonymous

    GOOD, WE NEED TO KEEP THEM OPEN.

    • Anonymous

      No we don’t

  • Anonymous

    Close

  • Anonymous

    The latest plan is to force full time Postmasters into retirement. Decrease the open hours in 17,000 Post Office across the country to 2 to 6 hours per day. Depends on the foot traffic. Most of these part time Postmasters will also receive  less money per hour  along with a salary cut in hours worked. Basically a double pay cut. I am sure many will quit. No point in working 2 hours a day 6 days a week for peanuts. At least the office will still be open with no body behind the counter.

    • Anonymous

      Seems when I go into the post office their always out in the back doing god knows what.
      Then wait till they feel like serving service.

      • Anonymous

        What they’re doing is collecting and sorting your mail, making sure each piece gets to where the mailer intended (no matter how incorrect or inadequate their addressing is), loading it, carrying it, keeping it safe until it’s in your mailbox, no matter how far that box is from the Post Office. You obviously have no idea how hard these individuals work.

  • Whats been done to our Postal Service is a disgrace. It’s budget is run by Stamp Sales, I guess it’s not worthy of a bailout. It is written into the Constitution and is a venerable part of our history. Whats more what’s all this hiring of contractor’s to try to tell Postal Carriers hoe to do thier job better?! Lets stand upo for our Postal Service and the men and women that work for it.

    • Anonymous

      Tell em to go find another job.

  • Anonymous

    When are they going to get it . The post office is a failure .Shut it all down and stop wasting public money. Whilst the administrators live in mansions . HELLO!!

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