List of Post Offices to Close Growing Steadily

2011 UPDATE

Post office is in big financial trouble

With fewer post offices, mail carriers will have farther to go.

With fewer post offices, mail carriers will have farther to go.

If you are looking for a list of all the post offices to close, that doesn’t exist yet. If you are looking for a list of post offices that might close, I’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a partial list of post offices to close, I’ve got that too.

If you’re looking for a list of post offices to close, you know that dire financial straits at the United States Postal Service are causing the government to have to shut down several post offices. I guess they don’t have anymore emergency money to keep them all afloat.

How many post offices to close?

I have seen a few different numbers regarding how many locations are on the list of post offices to close, but ABC News reports:

Of the 32,741 post offices in America, the Postal Service is reviewing about 3,200, or nearly 10 percent. The Postal Regulatory Commission, an independent agency, posted 700 of them on a 12-page list at its Web site, www.prc.gov.

The supposed “list of post offices to close,” which you can view by clicking that link, still is titled “United States Postal Service Station/Branches Identified for Full Study,” so no official has yet stated that all the locations on that list of post offices to close will definitely be shut down.

Timeline for post offices to close

ABC News reports:

Postmaster General John Potter has already asked Congress for permission to cut mail deliveries from six days a week to five. The post office does not get taxpayer funds to operate. The Postal Service says no branches will close before Sept. 30.

The postal service stressed that not all the offices on the list may close — and others may be added.

Buzz Demon has a list of post offices to close that it says includes only branches that have been confirmed slated for closure. Check out that list of post offices to close here.

Technology and tradition

The Postal Service is the latest in a long list of businesses that have fallen prey to the internet. People are paying bills online, sending e-mails and doing several other things electronically that used to require a stamp, envelope and trusty mail carrier.

Printed newspapers are now being overshadowed by the internet. I listen to music on the internet rather than radio, and so do most people I know. The internet is quickly replacing phones and pretty much all other communication devices. But for all of the jobs the internet has pushed into being obsolete, it has created more.

Silver lining only silverish

Of course, the fact that the internet has created jobs in web development, computer programming and graphic design is no consolation to postal workers and newspaper carriers who do not have web-related skills.

It’s a tough reality for people to face. I certainly wish I’d have paid more attention in my computer programming class in high school. But 10 years ago I didn’t realize how those lines of programming code could someday translate into paying my rent and securing health insurance for me. I am lucky the internet needs people who can write.

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