USPS Considering Shutting Offices

PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) — The United States Postal Service, in a financial crisis, is considering shutting up to 2,000 post offices nationwide in 2011, according to a report from the Dow Jones news service.

While it is not yet known which post offices will be impacted, the reduction of offices is needed due to falling revenues as people turn to the Internet and e-mail as communications platforms.

“The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations,” said USPS spokeswoman Debbie Fetterly in Pembroke Pines.

Many of the offices that will close will be rural, low-volume sites according to the Dow report, effectively cutting off access to the outside world for rural elderly who may not be able to travel great distances to get their mail.

Fetterly said in an e-mail to CBS4 that there is no immediate local impact on the proposed closures, and won’t be for several months.

“The Postal Service does not have a list of 2,000 identified Post Offices at this time,” she stated. “There is no set number by geographic location. The Postal Service will take into consideration finances/revenue as well as proximity to other Post Offices and other expanded retail access locations such as grocery stores and gas stations that offer postal services.”

It was just last summer when the USPS was looking at closing more than 3,000 units nationwide in order to cut costs.

Closer to home in Daytona Beach city residents converged on a hearing in October to speak out against the closure of a post office there that would save the agency $6 million, but cost the community 100 jobs.

The Miami Herald quoted Fetterly last year saying that 170 local offices remain candidates for possible consolidation.

But the process in deciding which locations will shutter services is a lengthy one, Fetterly said Monday, stating that “The review process will consist of 57 steps and should take between 6 months to a year to complete.”

  • Jerry

    Government “jobs” are not jobs. Only Private Sector jobs promote growth. These offices must be closed for the good of the country. – Tea Party Patriot

  • akri

    Why don’t the big execs at the top reduce THEIR salaries and cap the bonuses instead of always laying off the little people??

  • realist

    how about restructuring legacy costs – ie retired pensions and such – like they have done with private companies since that is where the real problem lies with this institution.

  • Peter Benitez

    I concur. Lets remove ALL government jobs. We wouldn’t be in this mess if we had Private Police, Lawyers and Judges. UPS, and FEDEX are a great example of how the great the mail delivery could be if it was just private. I would gladly pay for the better service and protection provided by private replacements of the
    Government. Government equals Communism.

    • Patrick

      I agree with you Peter. We don”t need no government. If every citizen was issued a gun and was told it was up to themselves for protection we would not need ANY police or even lawyers or judges. It will happen soon enough! Tea Party Patriots Rule!!!!

  • Trigg

    In order to save our Country we need to
    deport all non citizens
    deport everyone who cannot speak English
    send Gays and Lesbians to Guantanamo
    close our borders,
    require everyone to carry proof of birth
    repeal Roe V Wade
    repeal ERA
    repeal all taxes
    Eliminate the Police and FBI and Arm every citizen with guns and require them to protect themselves and communities
    Eliminate socialist welfare and socialist Medicare and Socialist Security
    Tea Party Patriots will lead the revolution!!!!

  • Al

    I was starting to think the Tea Party was going to help US in some way, after reading some of “their” comments here, it appears they are the problem. They are the first to complain about too much government and the first to seek assistance from the very government they supposidly dislike. Maybe you shoudl go back to where you came from and give this country back to the Native Americans (by the way they don’t speak english but were here before you!)

  • carmen

    Peter Benitez, it sounds like you want America to turn into Cuba. Why don’t you just float back to Cuba and enjoy those freedoms the Castro brothers provide.

  • Gary

    As a part time postal employee who works at 3 different small postal facilities, I can tell you that i make less than $10/hour aftermore than 3 years. I receive no benefits and in one case I drive more than 20 miles to get to this postal job. The Postmaster General makes approx $600,000; our White House spokesman makes a little over $170,000. Stopping one day delivery would in some cases make more sense. But there are offices that surely can be closed. USPS would not have to pay for the gas for all their vehicles if one day was dropped.

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