Connecticut Could Lose 150 Small Postal Branches

As many as 150 small neighborhood post offices could close in Connecticut this fall as part of an aggressive step by the U.S. Postal Service to try to stay viable during the recession and in an increasingly digital world. Full Story
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Irv_Lonstein

Marlborough, CT

#1 Jun 11, 2009
They should close them, and also eliminate Saturday delivery. In Hebron we have 2 post offices. In addition to the surly staff they both close in the middle of the day for lunch which is the most convenient time to go there for something. One of the office should be closed and the other should stay open 9-5 Monday through Friday.

Since: Mar 09

Southbury, CT

#2 Jun 11, 2009
"In 2006, the postal service handled its highest volume of mail ever, but since then the amount of mail has dropped sharply.

In 2008, the number of items handled fell by 1 billion from the previous year to 203 billion items. Officials are projecting a 14 percent drop — about 30 billion fewer pieces of mail — in 2009."
In January of 06, postal rates increased two cents for the 1st ounce, in May of 07, after handling the highest volume of mail ever, they raised it another two cents. Since then, as mail volume has dropped, they've also raised it an average of two cents annually. When their volume increases, they raise the rate by two cents, when it decreased by 14%, they raise it by two cents.
Closing post offices, reducing delivery days and hours, won't ever fix the culture of the post office, the retirement package burden, or the pay scale of new and long term employees.
Their position as being the sole provider of first class mail has lead to an inefficient monster with too many heads to count. All should be retired for new blood, and new rules for competition should at least be considered by Congress so as to send a message that it's time to tame this beast
Foghorn Leghorn

West Hartford, CT

#3 Jun 11, 2009
If junk mail credit (mostly card offers) were eliminated, the post office would have very little to do. The work could probably be handled 1 or 2 offices in each county.

I think most people that work counters in post offices failed the "Nasty Bad Attitude Surly Test" to make it at CTDMV. They're marginally better at best.
Mike

Sandwich, MA

#4 Jun 11, 2009
Good reason to keep a money losing operation "lose a key community center where residents can always run into someone they know."
Melody

East Hartford, CT

#5 Jun 11, 2009
Chris Dodd will never let them close branches. He's fighting for Connecticut!
Option

Bristol, CT

#6 Jun 11, 2009
1. Eliminated mail deliver on tuesdays and thursdays, do you think we would miss it...

2. Have the post office remain open from 9-5 on saturdays.. and/or open late one night. For those of us who work 9-5, we only have a 3 hour window on Saturday to conduct our mail services.
Dave

Bristol, CT

#7 Jun 11, 2009
GOOD!

Your just pricing yourselves right out of business with raising stamp prices like you do. And god knows how much your paying the the high quality of help you have with most of there lovely attitudes.....like going to DMV.
Bigz

Guilford, CT

#8 Jun 11, 2009
We have 2 post offices 1.5 miles apart, closing 1 would make no difference. With online bill payment, UPS, and Fedex I wouldn't even notice if all post offices closed... except for not having to throw out a pile of junk mail every day.
Needs vs Wants

Irving, TX

#9 Jun 11, 2009
Melody wrote:
Chris Dodd will never let them close branches. He's fighting for Connecticut!
I heard Chris is trying to snag Jackie a deal working as a high-priced consultant to the USPS doing a study on the closure option.

So, I would not count on any changes soon. Since time is money, the longer it takes to make the decision, the more money for the Dudd family coffers.

This message paid for by "Chris Dudd in 2010"
Ed Leadershipcrisis

Bloomfield, CT

#10 Jun 11, 2009
Get over it, and stop living in the 40s! The post office is not a local cafe' for running into people. If the selectmen need a post office to imagine a viable town center, than you need to elect new selectmen. The digital world means printing your own stamps or getting prepaid envelopes, paying bills on line, etc. Now I'm keenly aware of equity issues around computers, and strategies need to be employed to reach those without computers, but to expect a physical post office in each little hamlet is just not reasonable. Like Amtrak, the postal service can't function at high deficits, and we all need to pay a price in convenience. By the way, my PO would be one of the first chopped..
HC Here

Arlington, VA

#11 Jun 11, 2009
Foghorn Leghorn wrote:
If junk mail credit (mostly card offers) were eliminated, the post office would have very little to do. The work could probably be handled 1 or 2 offices in each county.
I think most people that work counters in post offices failed the "Nasty Bad Attitude Surly Test" to make it at CTDMV. They're marginally better at best.
The companies who send junk mail pay for it. Junk mail is profitable to the post office, should continue. It subsidizes our regular mail.
HC Here

Arlington, VA

#12 Jun 11, 2009
Melody wrote:
Chris Dodd will never let them close branches. He's fighting for Connecticut!
Yeah - Chris Dodd cares about you and me. Keep repeating that.
Sameul

Old Greenwich, CT

#13 Jun 11, 2009
Cut out the positions of supervisors, one for every 4 mailmen, I believe.
We need mail delivery everyday. I need my Netflix movies delivered promptly and my pay checks.
Reality Check

Hartford, CT

#14 Jun 11, 2009
Cut out mail service on Saturday is fine by me, but leave the PO open for working people to conduct their buisness. They close at noon anyway.

Everyone seems to forget, not all citizens are adept at the computer, your senior citizens are one group that comes to mind. They rely heavily on the PO to get their bills out and send care packages to relatives far away.

Besides I always get a chuckle when I am waiting in line at Christmas time by how many people argue with the clerks about how Canada is part of the US. Besides the postage is more! Gets me every time.
mailer

Ashland, MA

#16 Jun 11, 2009
i have found it very hard to find a mailbox lately
Captain America

Meriden, CT

#18 Jun 11, 2009
WHAT THE POST OFFICE NEEDS IS COMPETITION.
THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN CARRYING THEM FAR TOO LONG.
Reality Check

Hartford, CT

#19 Jun 11, 2009
mailer wrote:
i have found it very hard to find a mailbox lately
Not lately, right after 9/11.
Going Postal

Bronxville, NY

#21 Jun 11, 2009
Can you say e-mail.
backyard

Madison, WI

#22 Jun 11, 2009
If the USPS would start cutting the fat at the top, they wouldn't need to be doing this. As a 40 yr employee I saw SO much waste.They wouldn't need to close these small po's if they would start at the top working there way down. Just one example; the PO does NOT need over 40 vice presidents. Their are alot of management that could be cut instead of cutting the public. The public needs to contact their elected officaials and demand transparency within the USPS.
Shoreline Bill

South Yarmouth, MA

#23 Jun 11, 2009
it's about time they ran some of this operation like a business.......

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