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Six local post offices could be shuttered | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 67 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 27, 2011, titled Six local post offices could be shuttered | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Six Columbus-area post offices could close as the U.S. Postal Service takes a look at eliminating retail locations in favor of offering services inside local businesses, such as pharmacies and grocery stores.

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Bodie

Chillicothe, OH

#1 Jul 27, 2011
You have many rural areas that can do without their own post office now too. Adelphi in Ross County has a few residents and a post office less then 1 mile away in Laurelville in Hocking County they have one too. That makes no sense. Postal Service is so outdated in the way it's can't run rather then how it should be updated to 21st century business standards it's amazing it has not collapsed.
watcher

Westerville, OH

#3 Jul 27, 2011
close them now and save the money!
Just My 2 cents

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 27, 2011
What about consolidating suburban post offices? Many suburban communities have multiple post offices. Transfer staff to 1 location and open more windows and 'retire' the higher salaried staff.
no more and change please

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 27, 2011
The post office is the victim of union take over and the Liberals that the union supports.
Is there anything that has gotten better under union control?
Just a Reader

Westerville, OH

#6 Jul 27, 2011
The Postal Service is just getting back to its roots. I have read that back in the old days the post offices were in the general store.

By the way, next winter when you are at the grocery store handling your post office chores, check and see how well the businessmen did forcing the winter tomatoes from Florida to turn from green to red using ethylene gas.
Old School

United States

#7 Jul 27, 2011
Bills arrive once a month but junk mail arrives every day. My retirement pay is direct deposit and what bills I do have are automatically paid from my account. No one writes letters anymore and several schools have quit teaching cursor. Most people text or use email. I do not need a post office.
get real

Hilliard, OH

#8 Jul 27, 2011
The post office is failing due to one primary aspect, it's run by government.

Cut Saturday delivery.
Offer specials for mailings like:!00 postcards sent for 10 bucks.
Short North office is open 9:30 to 4:00...this is worse than bankers hours! Expand hours not close stores and run this as a bussiness not a damn handout to govt. workers!

Fedex and UPS make millions ...no reason the post office can't!
say what

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 27, 2011
Or, you know, they could just price the stamps at the real cost of delivering the letter and let the markets work. Probably still cheaper than making people drive 40 minutes round trip from rural areas.
say what

Columbus, OH

#10 Jul 27, 2011
get real wrote:
The post office is failing due to one primary aspect, it's run by government.
Cut Saturday delivery.
Offer specials for mailings like:!00 postcards sent for 10 bucks.
Short North office is open 9:30 to 4:00...this is worse than bankers hours! Expand hours not close stores and run this as a bussiness not a damn handout to govt. workers!
Fedex and UPS make millions ...no reason the post office can't!
It's failing because they charge less to mail a letter than it costs. Mailing is down, fuel costs are up, It's basic accounting 101. Every private business has added fuel surcharges.
say what

Columbus, OH

#11 Jul 27, 2011
get real wrote:
The post office is failing due to one primary aspect, it's run by government.
Cut Saturday delivery.
Offer specials for mailings like:!00 postcards sent for 10 bucks.
Short North office is open 9:30 to 4:00...this is worse than bankers hours! Expand hours not close stores and run this as a bussiness not a damn handout to govt. workers!
Fedex and UPS make millions ...no reason the post office can't!
FedEx and UPS don't have offices in small towns and they charge $9 to mail something instead of 49cents. The post office just needs to set it's rates appropriately. Make stamps 75 cents or something. It's still cheaper than driving half an hour away for people out in rural areas.
Someone

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 27, 2011
I fail to understand, if I am reading this correctly, closing the Post Office on the OSU campus. If I recall correctly, it is the one in the Journalism building. I have been there several times and it is ALWAYS busy, with a line that sticks out the door.

Also, at Old School - it's cursive, not cursor - you FAIL, Old School.
get real

Hilliard, OH

#13 Jul 27, 2011
50 cents for a stamp will be the downfall of the post office. That's a big psychological and monetary barrier. So it can't be run as a business. Then run it as it is, a service to the citizens. Just seems Govt. wants to cut everything to support their 3 wars. Btw, it costs 1.2 million per year to field one soldier. Think how much the govt. could save by bringing home the troops and giving them a $50,000.00 a year pension?

Stop the wars! Save our economy!
get real

Hilliard, OH

#14 Jul 27, 2011
Afganistan bankrupted the USSR. It's doing the same to the U.S.

Save our Post Office! Save our economy! STOP THE WARS!!!!!!
Someone

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 27, 2011
get real wrote:
The post office is failing due to one primary aspect, it's run by government.
Cut Saturday delivery.
Offer specials for mailings like:!00 postcards sent for 10 bucks.
Short North office is open 9:30 to 4:00...this is worse than bankers hours! Expand hours not close stores and run this as a bussiness not a damn handout to govt. workers!
Fedex and UPS make millions ...no reason the post office can't!
No, the post office is failing because it runs a single rate structure for everything. It costs the same to a consumer to mail a letter across the street or to Alsaka - Fedex and UPS charge by zone.

Also, the USPS is actually cost competitive for certain things like lighter weight packages. I mail things for Ebay constantly - USPS rates actually beat Fedex for small items, and I use a Fedex account.

A better question to ask is - other countries have Post Offices - why aren't they in trouble? They also have email and direct deposit I am sure.
Barrack

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 27, 2011
Not a problem! No Productivity, Anti Customer attitude, agonizingly slow service. Open de door to Welfare!!!!...Now that is real "CHANGE", and how is the Change thingy working for you?
get real

Hilliard, OH

#17 Jul 27, 2011
""""" "A better question to ask is - other countries have Post Offices - why aren't they in trouble? They also have email and direct deposit I am sure."""" ""

Other countries are not in 3 wars! The Post Office is a service to the community NOT a business!

Bring the soldiers home. Give them 50 grand pensions instead of the 1.2 mil. it takes to field them.

SAVE OUR POST OFFICE!

SAVE OUR ECONOMY!

STOP THE WARS!

Afganistan bankrupted the USSR, it's doing the same to the U.S.!
Old School

United States

#18 Jul 27, 2011
Someone wrote:
I fail to understand, if I am reading this correctly, closing the Post Office on the OSU campus. If I recall correctly, it is the one in the Journalism building. I have been there several times and it is ALWAYS busy, with a line that sticks out the door.
Also, at Old School - it's cursive, not cursor - you FAIL, Old School.
Thank you for noticing. I had union teachers.
Short_North

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 27, 2011
Someone wrote:
<quoted text>A better question to ask is - other countries have Post Offices - why aren't they in trouble? They also have email and direct deposit I am sure.
Because those countries recognize that even if it's a money losing enterprise, it's still a vital resource for the country that needs to be supported. We, on the other hand, think that everything needs to make money or it is unnecessary gubermint-supported socialism.
Barrack

Columbus, OH

#20 Jul 27, 2011
I guess what we need is a "STAMPULESS" program to bail them out! When are the congressmen going to start taking financial hits like the "Common Folks"? I guess Michelle was right when she said,"Some of you are going to have to do with less"
get real

Hilliard, OH

#21 Jul 27, 2011
Wow, talk about brainwashed people! No one even wants to think of the 3 wars we are in.

SAVE OUR POST OFFICE !!!

SAVE OUR ECONOMY!!!

STOP THE WARS!!!

USSR'S Afganistan war bankrupted them.
U.S.'s Afganistan war is bankrupting the U.S. That's why they want to eliminate YOUR Post Office!

American's ...open your eyes! THINK! We are in 3 wars!....stop them before they stop us!

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