National Opinion

November 16, 2012 • Editorial

Postal Service cutbacks

Severely cutting the retail window hours of 13,000 of the least-used post offices is a way for the U.S. Postal Service to address its serious funding shortage. But many Americans no doubt see it as the lesser of two evils.

The greater evil, at least to many of the rural and small-town residents who depend on those little outposts of mail and sociability, would be to shut them down completely.

The Postal Service, which gets no taxpayer money, went $5.1 billion in the red in fiscal year 2011 and lost $8.5 billion overall in 2011. This year, it’s on track to lose $15 billion. First-class mail deliveries have fallen 25 percent since 2006.

The part-time post offices would retain some of the advantages of the full-time operations: People still would have Login to read more

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