The Postal Service announced another quarter of losses, more than $2 billion, and warned it could be forced to default on federal payments for the billions it's borrowed from the government.
In the meantime, the closings continue. In Floriston, California, they closed a historic post office that dates back to 1872. In Modesto, CA, prospective buyers have begun touring its vintage downtown post office—the 78-year-old landmark will be auctioned June 9 by the federal government. In Veribesst, Texas, their little United Methodist Church was standing room only as residents confronted the U.S. Postal Service about the possible closing of their beloved post office.
In Nebraska, several congressmen have written to the postmaster general of the USPS expressing concerns about the closing of small rural post offices. Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., 3rd Congressional District, said that the Postal Service "must uphold the original mission of serving both rural and urban areas. . . I applaud the recent efforts by the USPS to balance its budget, but I hope it will keep in mind the impact on communities, jobs and urgent mail delivery when deciding whether to close a facility," he said.
And if you think things are bad in the U.S., over in the U.K. they've been closing hundreds of small rural post offices, and this week the company which runs the Post Office network has been accused of running a “secret closure programme” after news leaked that more than 400 branches have quietly closed and not reopened.
(Photo: Joan Alioto takes a last look as Floriston post master before her retirement and subsequent closing of the Floriston post office April 30, 2011. Amy Edgett / Sierra Sun.)