US Postal Service plans to close 3,653 post offices.......

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2000
US Postal Service plans to close 3,653 post offices.......
20
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 12:14pm

They've been talking about this for several years...... Just do it.

Hardly anyone writes letters any longer & most do their banking online.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/us-postal-service-plans-to-close-3653-post-offices-heres-a-list/10643

Exactly 236 years ago yesterday, on July 26, 1775, a guy by the name of Benjamin Franklin opened a post office at what is now 316 Market Street, in Philadelphia. At the time, the newly opened post office didn’t fly an American flag, because America wasn’t yet a country.

Ben was a smart old goat. The post office he established operated in the same building as his old house.

Fast forward now exactly 236 years. Ben’s old post office is still operating. It’s the only one in America that doesn’t fly an American flag, to honor the fact that Franklin started it before America became a nation.

Unfortunately, in a very strange twist of fate, exactly 236 years to the day of Franklin’s founding of his post office, the operators of the Franklin branch, along with the postmasters of 3,653 other post offices throughout the nation, were informed that their branches are likely to be shut down.

While it seems short-sighted, completely unromantic, and slightly disrespectful to lump the Franklin Post Office in with all the others, the fact remains that the U.S. Postal Service is losing money. Many of the small branches that the USPS wants to shut down have an annual revenue of less than $27,500 with annual expenses usually in the $100,000 range.

The closings are expected to cost between 4,000 and 4,500 postal employees their jobs.

The world has changed since Franklin’s day. Back then, the postal service was a unique, reliable, cost effective way to get letters and packages transported reliably. The Postal Service’s package business (the one genuinely profitable portion of its operation) has been eaten into by the likes of UPS and Fedex, as well as by rising gasoline prices.

Although the post office is reputed to lose money with each standard letter sent, millions of people today now communicate in 140 character tweets or use Facebook to post status updates.

It’s deeply ironic, then, that the Post Office is previewing some of its new stamp designs on its Facebook stamps page. So far Kimberly, Judi, Maria, and three others like the stamp designs. Hey, at least six people like the designs, right? That’s something, anyway.

Offices being considered for closure.

All Affected States

http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/expandedaccess/statelist.htm

 


Photobucket&nbs

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2000

No wonder this country is divided in so many ways. I've always lived in or very near a good size city so it's difficult to relate to people's POV in these out of the way places.

 


Photobucket&nbs

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
I have a Aunt that lives in the panhandle of Idaho. No cell phones work in her little village, dial up only & party line still. And internet is a joke there. Their mail is private contractor (my cousins dw & ils) every one in the village has a PO Box, only people between the little towns/villages get mailed dilevered to their mail box.

I looked at the list, I see Joint Base McCord/Ft Lewis is lossing their post office & I think 1 in Tacoma too. We have alot of them.
~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2000
I only bank on my PC & it's secure.

 


Photobucket&nbs

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2000
I can well understand & sympathize with those is rural areas. When we moved here 16 odd years ago we only had dial-up.

 


Photobucket&nbs

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2000
"bank account 'stolen' when a thief grabbed her checking account statement out of her mailbox"
The less paper I receive through the mail the better.

 


Photobucket&nbs

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009

There are still issues with the security of online banking, whether by computer or on smartphone:

Growing Menace to Online Banking

As the main objective of most malware attackers is in increasing profit, the rising risk to online banking was also among the AhnLab's top 10 security threats. More specifically, AhnLab observed in the first half of 2011 an increase in the stealing of financial information. Account number and password theft during banking transactions was particularly rampant during this period. There were two developments with Trojan malware in the first half of the year: Banker Trojan and Zeus Trojan. In May, Banker Trojan malware, which is designed to export financial data during online banking, was identified in Korea. Additionally, the Zeus Trojan source code, the most severe online banking malware created, was leaked.

Jabberwocka

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Thanks. I will definitely get a mailbox with a lock on it. Never had one before, but it seems the only sensible thing to do now. Meth addicts run up and down our country roads stealing scrap metal, and I'm sure they'd go for my mailbox. They're so brazen now they go up in people's yards stealing in the middle of the night. It won't be long until one is shot.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Just be sure to get a locking one! A friend used to live in a rural area & they had their mail stolen several times. They finally got a locking mailbox & that put that problem to rest.

 nwtreehugger  

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
I just went through hell a month ago when the bank computer mis-scanned (a word?) my deposit slip and left off a few zeros.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009

Thank you.

I'm one of those people you speak of, and my rural post office is on the list.

 

Pages