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Subject: Closing a whole bunch of post offices
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 10:55 PM ET
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I was reading an article in the Minneapolis Tribune today.  Apparently the the next ??? amount of time alot of post  offices might be shut, supposidly to streamline postal service.......I assume it would affect citys with more then one post office. Everytime you pay a bill on line and don't use a stamp, it vuts into the profits of the PO.  I am STILL going to pay on line!!

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 12:42 AM ET
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And the 3 they listed were the Crystal, Brooklyn Park and Plymouth which are the 3 that I use.  If they close those I have no idea where I am to go to mail my items.  It will no longer be convenient to go to the PO.  I will have to go to Maple Grove or Robbinsdale

Subject: closing PO's
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 8:03 PM ET
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It isn't going to happend today or tomorrow. I guess us that live in smaller citys....25,000 won't have to worry about that.  They wouldn't shut the only post office in town???!  Cut the hours..yea, maybe

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 8:23 PM ET
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I don't know, we used to have 3 post offices within 5 miles of our home and they merged the one in the middle with the one to the north and the one to the south of it. They still have their own rural route driver, but the village doesn't have a PO anymore, nor do they have their own zip code anymore.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 1:35 AM ET
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I think small towns will have to worry just as much as large towns will, maybe even more so, due to the lower volume of mail they handle.  And it's not something new, either.  I believe a number of PO's have been closed over the last five years. 

I was astonished the other day to realize that what I thought of as the "main PO" for my zipcode (22405)... isn't.  It's for the zipcode next to mine.  And my zipcode does not even have a regular post office in it, just a small contract station with what I consider impossible hours.  (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM M-F and 8:30 to noon on Sat)  "Impossible" because we both work during those hours.  Yeah, it's going to get harder and harder to mail things over the next few years.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 11:45 PM ET
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The post office nearest my house recently changed their hours, closing earlier during the week (they used to be open until 7pm). I think they stopped being open on Saturdays, too.

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 6:42 AM ET
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As a postal carrier, I do know they will be closing some of the smaller offices and in the bigger offices they will be closing for lunch. As far as mailing packages you can go on line at USPS.com and pay for postage and arrange for a carrier pick up if the package cannot be put in your mailbox. I have used USPS.com website and it is very handy. My husband and I just got back from vacation and I didn't want to run to the postoffice so I paid for the package on line and put it in the mailbox. All done and didn't even have to get out of my pj's.  If you are moving, you can also go to this same site and put in your forward and another thing I have also done is put my mail on hold when we go on vacation.

I do have to admit though I do use online banking for certain bills or sometimes even go to the bill website.

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 2:07 PM ET
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My favorite post office had a survey in the office a couple weeks ago about possible closing the office.  Don't know if other offices are also doing this.  i filled one out.  I would probably find another way to mail my packages than taking them to the post office if they close the one I use (it is in the bldg I work at)

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:57 PM ET
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I wouldn't mind them closing a few offices as long as I can still use the APC machines.
Subject: The hours of my PO....
Date Posted: 8/20/2009 9:29 PM ET
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I live in a small town that has a very busy post office. Our hours are 8:15 a.m to 4:15 p.m., M-F and 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. I work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and frequently go out of town on weekends. The post office hasn't been convenient for me at all. Can it get worse?

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 1:53 PM ET
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Our local post office used to be open 8:00-6:00 M-F and 10:00-12:00 on Saturday.  About a year ago they started closing at 5:00.  Now this morning I was in to drop off books and the sign on the door says starting Sept. 1 their new hours will be 8:30-4:30.  Thank goodness there's a post office a few blocks from where I work so I can go at lunch.  None of the post offices around here have APC.

Judith L. (JML) - ,
Date Posted: 9/18/2009 9:32 AM ET
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I'm upset that the new sorting center near me will close and we will have our mail sorted back at the old center 70 miles away.  We had the worst delivery record in the country at the old center and now it's coming back.  So all the packages I have sent and people have complimented me about the speed that they have received books from me will now be complaints about how slow I get books to them.  And who knows how many books I will be not be getting because they have gotten lost.  I am heartsick about it, I'm not sure PBS will be fun anymore.