Possible post office closure not sitting well with Platter residents

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

PLATTER, OK-After the U.S. Postal Service lost billions in revenue last year, thousands of post offices across the country are facing closure, including one in Platter, Oklahoma, and it's not sitting well with its residents.
3,700 post offices in the U.S. could close their doors in the next few months, including one in Platter, Oklahoma. Wednesday morning, residents voiced their concerns to a U.S.P.S. representative about the possible closure.
Ottie Maddox is one of dozens of concerned Platter residents who attended Wednesday morning's meeting.

"It kinda just takes us down, we're a good little community here," she said.
A U.S. postal representative from Tulsa wouldn't speak to us on camera, but she told Ottie and a dozen other people that e-mail and the ability to pay bills electronically, cost the postal service $8-billion in revenue last year alone. Now, they have to make some cuts.

Residents were told that if their post office closes, they'll have to go to offices in Colbert, Calera and Durant. Which isn't an option for Ottie.

"I don't know how to use a computer so, I know how to use a mail box. In time, I won't be able to drive because I'm 82, see?" She said.

Postal service communications specialist Dionne Montague said they looked at other alternatives, like changing delivery and retail operations, to cut costs.

"We're in a financial crisis and we have to change with the change in environment. So, that's why we're looking at discontinuance of some of our post offices," she said.

The Platter post office has been around since the early 1900's and some residents said they are concerned that if this post office should close, the town will lose its identity.

"I was sad just like a lot of other people because this is our community. It's our home, it's the only identity we have. But, we're just like a family, everybody here."

Longtime Platter resident and former postmaster, Jerrie Reynolds said she hopes there's still a way to save her town's post office.

"I think a better solution is just reconsider it and I know it may not be cost effective, but they'll have to cut costs in the bigger offices and in different ways, in advertisement and all that and leave our post office to the community," she said.

"I hope they keep it open, I think we really really need it," said Maddox.

Montague said the U.S.P.S. will make a decision in 90 days whether or not the Platter post office, along with thousands more in the U.S. will be closed.

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