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Postal Service halts plan to close stations (Poll)

submitted on May 14, 2012 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"
The U.S. Postal Service has just announced that it will not be closing 3,700 post offices as planned. About 600 of those were rural and suburban branch offices and satellite stations that were an integral part of their communities. Instead, these locations will remain open with reduced hours.

Last week, nearly half of the Senate signed letter directed to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking him wait until Congress can act.

“The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers,” the letter said. “With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close facilities.”

Some mail processing centers could still close or merge.

The Postal Service last week reported a quarterly loss of $3.2 billion and said without legislative action, it will be forced to default on more than $11 billion in health prepayments due to the Treasury this fall.

The Postal Service is an independent agency of government and does not receive tax money for its operations but is subject to congressional control over major aspects of its business.

How important is this announcement to you and your community?
1. How often do you use postal mail?
 More often than I used to.
 About the same.
 Less than I used to.
2. How do you send mail and cards?
 Regular postal mail
 Email and ecards
3. How do you ship packages?
 US Postal Service
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    Posted by HouTex on May 14, 2012
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    Why was there a shortfall in the first place? Because they are required to pre-fund medical costs, which makes the federal deficit look smaller. Read about that here -
    The Postal Service, which does not receive tax money for its operations, is not seeking federal funds.

    Instead, postal officials want changes in the way they operate, including relief from the requirement that it prefund medical costs. No other federal agency has to prefund retiree health benefits, but because of the way the federal budget is organized the money counts as income to the government, so eliminating it would make the federal deficit appear larger.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on May 15, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    The last question should allow multiple answers. I use all 3 depending on what I'm shipping.
    • YanBz
      Posted by YanBz on May 15, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      I made the change.
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    Posted by clover on May 15, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    I pay all my bills on line but ship the things on ebay through the post office. I print the postage from home at because it saves you $. It has to be Priority or express but it is cheaper and you get free tracking. You don't need special paper. I use my PayPal debit card and get 1.5% back on that also.

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