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Whitfield: Post Office closures impact small communities

By Robert Sumner
News from the office of Rep. Ed Whitfield's office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe encouraging him to look for solutions to balance the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) budget rather than close many rural post offices.

"Many of the post offices slated for closure across Kentucky's First District are in small communities," said Whitfield. "Some of our post offices served as critical points of contact for many of our citizens during severe weather over the past years. While I understand that the USPS must consider all options as they try to bring their budget into balance, many of these post offices are not just conveniences. They are necessities. Furthermore, the total savings is such an insignificant part of the budgetary problems confronting the Postal Service that it is hard to justify the hardships these closures would cause."

The Postmaster General has announced a list of approximately 3,700 post offices that will be studied for possible closure or relocation. These offices were identified based on specific criteria such as low foot traffic, reduced sales and declining mail volume. Each post office on the list of proposed closures will be individually reviewed before a final decision is made.

For a complete list of proposed closures across Kentucky, please Click here

This story was posted on 2011-07-27 18:47:44
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