Connecticut Could Lose 150 Small Post...

Connecticut Could Lose 150 Small Postal Branches

There are 120 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jun 11, 2009, titled Connecticut Could Lose 150 Small Postal Branches. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

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.

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marty the mailman

Taunton, MA

#105 Jun 11, 2009
i read you peoples responses and im flabbergasted at how quick everybody is to eliminate other peoples jobs!!!
lets stop bulk mail?! how many companies out there create bulk mail!?! america would be a third world country if you idiots all voted to stop the mail!!! can you imagine how many homes would be foreclosed on? how many people would turn to welfare? the laziness of america makes me sad, you all want the computer to do everything for you? sad world we live in click a button and pay this click this button and buy that..... i as you this if you have a child who is getting close to gradutating high school and they choose not to go to college what r they gonna do? wouldnt you love to know that they could have a chance to have a job with benefits and a pension? well the post office wont be hiring them anytime soon, because youd rather pay your 10 bills online every month saving you a whopping $4.40 a month!!! look at the cost of your cell phone bill? that isnt i even what the taxes are for it!!
you probably cant buy 1 cup of your favorite coffee with the 4.40 and that for a months worth of stamps!!
so get up off your lazy assess and return to buying stamps and paying your bills thru the mail!!!!!!!!!
rock53

Wallingford, CT

#106 Jun 11, 2009
I know it's already 2009, but it finally is the 21st century, time to grow up and get real with economics. Why do we have 3 post offices in Cornwall, CT (pop.2000?), 2 in Litchfield, CT (pop.8,000?), but only one in Torrington (pop 37,000). C'mon, get real.
Neighborly

United States

#107 Jun 11, 2009
Ed Leadershipcrisis wrote:
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..
The post office may not be your local cafe, but it certainly is a place where people do bump into each other. I have had some of my best conversations and laughter waiting on line. Nothing like a small town post office. It is much better than burying your head in a computer or a drink in that local cafe.
Ugh

United States

#108 Jun 11, 2009
Lawyer wrote:
My law office is nearby the courthouse and everytime I get certified mail, I have to stand in line at the Washington St. Hartford post office. OMG!!! It's sooo GHETTO!!! Fights, It stinks in there, people getting upset, babies running around, fat women with skin tight stretch pants... Utterly Disgusting.. I hope that's the first to close down.
You are no lawyer. If you don't like it than don't go! Wait until you get home. Looks like you need some sensitivy training!
Needs vs Wants

Dallas, TX

#109 Jun 11, 2009
Marty the Mailman....

The U.S. public is ready to sink the USPS ship.

Most of us see our mailboxes filled with junk mail which we trash.

Listen to the public and you will hear that most of us think the customer service at the local P.O.'s stinks.

It is not saving the $.44 we like when we pay on-line. It is just easier to do.

And, we have no interest in supporting the carriers and P.O. personnel just for the sake of keeping some people employed.

Close the small P.O.'s and the USPS has a chance to survive, for awhile.
Joe

United States

#110 Jun 11, 2009
Why don't we merge the Postal Service with General Motors....Since the Government runs both..I could get an oil change and mail a package at the same time...
Reality Check

Newington, CT

#111 Jun 12, 2009
Joe wrote:
Why don't we merge the Postal Service with General Motors....Since the Government runs both..I could get an oil change and mail a package at the same time...
The federal government DOES NOT RUN the post office. OMG...get a frickin' clue.
MrNY

New York, NY

#112 Jun 12, 2009
what a life wrote:
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Wow!!! What a sad, sad childhood!!!!
No point in arguing with a stranger on the internet over who's childhood was better, just look at where you live. I feel sorry for you.
David

United States

#113 Jun 12, 2009
The Postal Service is facing a financial crisis. There are two reasons for this. First, the recession has reduced the amount of mail that businesses produce. Companies have reduced their marketing efforts, including direct mail, to save money.
The second reason the Postal Service is experiencing huge losses is the aggressive schedule for prepaying health costs for its retirees, required by the Postal Accountability and Enforcement Act of 2006. The Postal Service reports a $1.9 billion loss in its second quarter alone.
Congress can address the short- and long-term issues facing the Postal Service. The most important step is to approve HR 22, a short-term step revising the schedule for pre-funding retiree health care costs. If the Postal Service does not get this relief, it may not be able to meet payroll or make its retiree payments, as soon as September 30, 2009.
Long-term solutions must include postal management review of every aspect of postal operations and compensation. The Postal Service has excess mail processing capacity and needs to accelerate measures to “right-size” their operations. Unfortunately, too many in Congress treat the Postal Service as a political commodity rather than a business requiring sound management and rational oversight. As a result, those in Congress demand that the Postal Service cut costs, as long as it’s not in their district. This means the Postal service will face years of additional costs for too many employees doing too little work in too many facilities.
Postal employee

Monon, IN

#114 Jun 12, 2009
Chapter 11 for USPS wrote:
For the USPS to survive in the world of privitization and email, they need to reorganize. Chapter 11 is the most viable option. My advice; 1)the USPS must cut out the useless and wasteful levels of middle and upper management 2)Streamline operations by closing non-critical branches (sorry Windsor Locks), 3)Close branches and no mail delivery on Sunday & Monday, 4)Either make a whole-hearted attempt compete with UPS & Fed Ex in the parcel delivery side of the business or get out of it all together, and, 5)Stop over-compensating management and workers with overly-generous fringe benefits like full medical & dental insurance, and outrageous pensions. If us taxpayers are going to continue to fund USPS, USPS must be willing to make the sacrafices necessary to at the very least break even!
Full medical and dental insurance??? Oh please, go educate yourself!!
Not on my watch

Miami, FL

#115 Jun 12, 2009
Melody wrote:
Chris Dodd will never let them close branches. He's fighting for Connecticut!
Hell with that. he's fighting for his corrupted Political life.
Postal employee

Monon, IN

#116 Jun 12, 2009
Previous Chaplin Resident wrote:
Close the Chaplin office located on Rt. 6! Everytime I went in there I almost gagged! It always smelled of industrial cleaner. I once asked the "surly" employee what in God's sake is this constant smell in here, and was told they clean the floors everyday. Okay that's fine, but quite honestly I stopped going there not only because of the smell, but they also closed for an hour for lunch which was inconvienent at times.Plus they have a branch (Potter's)also on Rt.6 probably less then 1 1/2 miles away which I would go to in a heartbeat instead of the Main branch. Don't even get me started on the "attitude" of the counter staff , bottom line they should not be dealing with the public! If they are so miserble then leave. If you are lucky to find a mail box, some of them don't have a pick-up until 4:45 which makes one wonder, does the mail get processed that day or the following day?
To Previous Chaplin Res:

Would you rather go into a filthy Post Office?? I'm real sure you would complain about that, wouldn't you?? Do you work full time?? I am quite sure that you get to take a lunch break. Well, so do the postal employees. And, for your information, when the mail gets picked up at 4:45 on any given day, it is taken to a facility and gets processed that day. So, stop trying to find fault and get a life. Educate yourself on how hard these postal employees actually do work.
marty the mailman

Taunton, MA

#117 Jun 12, 2009
"And, we have no interest in supporting the carriers and P.O. personnel just for the sake of keeping some people employed." Needs vs Wants
El Paso, TX posted

the typical american attitude... if it doesnt affect me who cares!!!!
Needs vs Wants

Dallas, TX

#118 Jun 12, 2009
marty the mailman wrote:
"And, we have no interest in supporting the carriers and P.O. personnel just for the sake of keeping some people employed." Needs vs Wants
El Paso, TX posted
the typical american attitude... if it doesnt affect me who cares!!!!
Wrong.

I am more than willing to spend my money for things I value, and support jobs for the people who provide those items or services.

I am not willing to spend my money just to keep you or anyone else working when I find little value in what you provide.
Bill

Groton, CT

#119 Jun 13, 2009
marty the mailman wrote:
every one cries when the post office says it needs to close an office here and an office there. if as many people used the post office to pay their bills as the amount of people who cry not to close them down, then guess what?? the post office wouldnt have to close offices!!!!! dont you poeple get it!!! if you dont pay your monthly bills thru the mail, then offices will continue to be closed!!!
9 years ago there were over 900,000 employees, today we are down to 600,000 and i can bet you that by 2012 we will be under 500,000 think about that ? if you dont use it they will continue to eliminate jobs that will never be replaced!! i bet you that there are atleast 100,000 people out there right now that would love to be hired by the usps, imagine having health insurance, life insurance, vacation time, sick leave, and a pension!!! USE THE USPS TO PAY YOUR BILLS PEOPLE!!!!!!
Oh, I get it, Marty. Instead of banking online, we should continue to use an outdated, inefficient organization like the USPS, replete with it bumbling bunch of laggards to deliver our mail to the wrong address 50 percent of the time?

With logic like that, is it any wonder the Post Office is ready to go under?

The USPS is one of those exceptions to the competitive rule ... you know, pay them more to do less.
Paul

Bedford, TX

#120 Jun 14, 2009
Some Post Offices s/be closed. the problem is when P.O. s are identified there is always a public outcry to "save my P.O." . Often the political pressure is intense and Postal Management succumbs to it. Also, I think the views on this post do not reflect common public opinion, rather it attracts some who are angry at the world, others who have an axe to grind, and others who simply have a vested interest; both pro and con. Without being specific many posts are totally clueless about what they write.
ricbee

United States

#121 Jun 15, 2009
David wrote:
The Postal Service is facing a financial crisis. There are two reasons for this. First, the recession has reduced the amount of mail that businesses produce. Companies have reduced their marketing efforts, including direct mail, to save money.
The second reason the Postal Service is experiencing huge losses is the aggressive schedule for prepaying health costs for its retirees, required by the Postal Accountability and Enforcement Act of 2006. The Postal Service reports a $1.9 billion loss in its second quarter alone.
Congress can address the short- and long-term issues facing the Postal Service. The most important step is to approve HR 22, a short-term step revising the schedule for pre-funding retiree health care costs. If the Postal Service does not get this relief, it may not be able to meet payroll or make its retiree payments, as soon as September 30, 2009.
Long-term solutions must include postal management review of every aspect of postal operations and compensation. The Postal Service has excess mail processing capacity and needs to accelerate measures to “right-size” their operations. Unfortunately, too many in Congress treat the Postal Service as a political commodity rather than a business requiring sound management and rational oversight. As a result, those in Congress demand that the Postal Service cut costs, as long as it’s not in their district. This means the Postal service will face years of additional costs for too many employees doing too little work in too many facilities.
The PO,GM Hartford Schools & many others are doomed by the benefits promised retirees. They must go on Medicare as soon as eligible & the benefits terminated for any of these businesses to survive.
jose cuervo

Raleigh, NC

#122 Jun 20, 2009
recently the post office has bloated their wages and given 300 percent more to varied leases throughout the country going back 2-5 years !! The cash cow has made more money disappear than any other magician the world has ever seen. Yet the workers get harrassed , threatened which discipline regardless if any proof exists !!!Very little wage increase compared to the private sector for the littel postal worker compared to execs or any body else for that mattter !!!
ssfsdfsdf

Raleigh, NC

#123 Jun 20, 2009
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AOL

#124 Jun 21, 2009
Lack of blue boxes are a sign of change that is taking place on how we communicate. How many Telephone Company owned out door phone booths do you see compared to 15 years ago

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