Saving the small town post office
The post office in Weston, Georgia, is one of many that the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing to cut costs.
August 12th, 2011
07:43 PM ET

Saving the small town post office

The U.S. Postal Service has published a list of more than 3,000 post offices it will consider closing to cut costs. Many of these closures would take place in small towns like Weston and Parrott, Georgia - neighboring communities about three hours southwest of Atlanta.

Residents of Parrott, a town of 158 people, have started a petition to save their post office. They cite a variety of reasons for wanting to keep it, including security, convenience and the identity the institution provides.

People want to know how they'll get their mail, stamps, packages, medicine and social security checks.

The postal service stands to lose $9 billion this year. Factors like a large drop in mail volume in recent years and the national economic downturn require tough steps to make the agency solvent, it says. However, it plans to listen to the concerns of people affected by closures at a series of public meetings set to begin in September.

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  1. gung hoe

    Would like to have a independant auditor do their books sorry But excuse me for not believeing them

    August 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. justathought

    The U.S.P.O. is run so inefenciently it is no wonder it is loseing money. They need to take lessons from UPS, FedEx and others. It may be that mail delevery go to contractors.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Right

    The state of Mi is ran like it's 1984. They still use snail mail for everything and I tried to pay them with a credit card but they said they don't do that. We could trim millions off our state budget if they did things that way.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Patton

    I'd far rather see the federal government subsidize our postal service than all these useless and unnecessary wars overseas! Even more ludicrous is the fact that we're spending more than $9B alone to subsidize the Yemeni government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, a hated dictator!!!

    August 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john

    UPS and FedEx don't have to maintain brick and mortar offices in every little town which gives them a big advantage over USPS.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Would feed or ups deliver your mail for 43 cents, give the p.o. a true break

      August 13, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. john

    9billion, yumpin yemeny.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    @Right: pay them in pennies next time, everyone loves pennies.

    August 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jean Sartre

    I don't know if anyone has really noticed yet, but this is the 21st century.

    Use of snail mail has gone down significantly and the USPS cannot continue to maintain these many buildings and these many employees and remain profitable. It's an outmoded form of communication, both for mail and packages. My hope is that the employees can transition to some equally paying form of employment, although I have some truly serious reservations regarding that.

    The same scenario is going on for telephone companies who supply landlines; people are transitioning to cell phones, dropping landlines and the landline personnel at all of these organizations are going to be severely challenged attempting to obtain employment with wages they made at the telephone company.

    Most Americans, myself included, want our troops brought home from Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world. By law they are guaranteed the job the left when they entered the service. Guess what? Most of these folks did not have a job until they entered the military; the military was their first job. For the troops who had a job before they left for active duty, there job is gone, their company has closed or they are no longer physically or mentally fit to handle any type of employment. Can you imagine 160,000 to 200,000 more people being added to the unemployment rolls?

    The only jobs left in America are High Tech jobs and service jobs or Heal Care jobs, everything else has been outsourced, thanks to Bill Clinton signing NAFTA and CEO’s like Jack Welch from GE who chased the lowest paying wages all over the globe; other CEO’s quickly followed his example.

    Guess what? These good paying jobs are now gone forever; they are not coming back, no matter how hard and loud you scream…

    August 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pink Pather

    Pretty soon there will only be a UPS or FED EX as any option for mail delivery...And the Idea of any part us the U.S. branch being *solvent* is laughable ...

    August 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maple

    Why won't Congress let USPS use the $80+Billion surplus they have to help pre-fund their Health and Pension? What does Congress plan on doing with the USPS's money? Do you really think that UPS and Fed-EX would charge .44 to mail a letter? Be very careful what you ask for. And finally, let's all make our parents and grandparents try and operate a computer to pay their bills online, or better yet, just have them give everybody they do business with their credit cards and they can take out what they want. Sorry, but no thanks. I'll let my local Post Office deliver my check.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ripple

    It seems to me that mailing a package through the Postal Service is a lot more economical than UPS or FedEx. They also deliver to remote areas and PO Boxes. Their Delivery Confirmation may not be as high tech, but it works. Maybe we don't use them for letters so much anymore, but we can certainly use them to mail our packages. Aside from that, there is still something special about recieving a card in the mail.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pink Panther

    I'm wear pink panties with a black garder shhhhh

    August 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Please Pink Panther, do cut the Tea Party jokes. They sound nasty and have no place here. Besides, they make you sound like a dirty mineded Tea Partier yourself.

      August 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      My apologies Pink Panther for the missprint above. I meant "dirty minded", not "dirty mineded" as printed above.

      August 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Josh Taylor

    Hello, people. Get off your lazy bottom, cut your internet, and write a Real letter. Go outside and make real friends. The internet and social media is killing carrier mail, libraries, book stores, and ruining marriages, families, and friendships.

    It's time that we put an end to the internet and make all those internet addicts see the light, that there's a big world outside that needs to be explored. Our churches are becoming empty because we have blogs. We need revival. Time to cut the internet for good and Read the Good Book. Revival!

    August 13, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. heleneclark

    What’s more clear with Employment report is that when it comes to joblessness, having a college degree is more important than ever that is why we need the help of "High Speed Universities" now

    August 13, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    we have internet now!! post offices are so 1980's

    August 13, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
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