U.S. Postal Service looking to close 3,700 offices nationwide

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

TEXOMA-At least two of our area post offices could be shutting their doors for good.
The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it plans to close almost 3,700offices. Most of them are in small communities across the country, among the possible closures, Platter and Kenefic in Bryan County and Swink, in Choctaw County.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the closings are necessary to shore up a $20-billion budget gap.

"If we only change the retiree health benefit payment and nothing else changes, we're out of cash by next August. It's that simple," he said.

The Postal Service said most of the offices it plans to close have average sales of less than $50 a day.
The closings are expected to begin within the next four to six months with the first shutting its doors by January. As many as 4,500 employees might be let go.

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  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Jul 28, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Well, let's help throw some money their way. Let's start a pen and paper writing campaign to our political leaders telling them what a bad job they are doing and give them our plausible ideas on how to fix them. A written letter is much harder to ignore than an email or electronic petition.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jul 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    Don't you liberals realize that we didn't even have post offices before Obama got elected?!?!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    It's all Bush's fault! Just ask Obama!
  • by Ace Location: There on Jul 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    Close Gunter Post Office Please you pay these People for doing nothing all day
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    The Postal Service gets it revenue from stamps not taxes. The simple fact is that with the rise of information being transferred via digital form (email, etc) there has been a natural decline in physical mail. Thats the easiest way to explain it really. I hate to disappoint a lot of people but Obama and the rest of the government really has nothing to do with the downsizing of the Postal Service. Its a business model that must adapt or perish in a changing market.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jul 27, 2011 at 03:27 PM
  • by Postal Location: Burneyville on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Close them they should of been closed years ago... We have a mail route that is run 6 days a week and that should be shut down to 5 days a week... Waste of money and the Goverment is just waking up to this situation... You can mail order your stamps. I cant believe they are only shutting down that many good grief if they sold less than $100 a day they should be shut down.
  • by Barbara on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    I am so sick of hearing everything being blamed on Obama,Obama,Obama. The waste problem has been going on for years under both parties. I love this country but we need to stop the constant political campaigning with one party blaming the other and become a united people between elections concentrating on fixing our problems.
  • by Kevin on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    So the same people complaining about the Obomconomy are complaining about a government shutdown of a money losing operation. Its called the digital age. How many people still send snail mail versus e-mail? How many people use online bill pay? How many people print postage right from their home/office. Yet, here we complaining that an overstaffed government office is cutting back on services that are in less demand. Yes, Obama hates us all. Republicans want smaller government, there you got it. Republicans want less spending, there you got it. By the way, how are the residents of Denison feeling about how the Obamaconomy sending 300 jobs there way?
  • by Greg Location: Calera on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    Wow, you people are funny. Some of you saying that it's Obama's fault these postal workers are losing their jobs while others are calling for the elimination of the USPS. Yeah right. Like any of you send all of your mail through FedEx or UPS. Ha! My post office does pretty well most of the time for a extremely reasonable price. Their service is at least as good as FedEx or UPS if not better. That said, these offices need to go. So do tea-partiers. You can't leave this realm of existence fast enough for me.
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