Small towns across America may soon lose a part of their identity if the U.S. Postal Service has its way. Up to 3,000 post offices are targeted for closure because of the agency’s ongoing budget problems. Eleven facilities are on the list in Colorado, and for residents in the town of New Raymer the move is raising a slew of questions, sparking anger and some introspection about whether a town is really a town without a post office.
Originally published on Mon November 29, 2010 7:55 am
Even before Americans had a country, they had a post office. Since its creation in 1775, the post office has been delivering mail and helping knit together a sprawling nation.
But today, the U.S. Postal Service is struggling as its customers migrate to the digital world. Americans are texting, e-mailing, faxing and networking instead of mailing each other paper greetings and documents. As a result, the USPS is seeing its business model crumble. Earlier this month, it reported an $8.5 billion loss in the fiscal year that ended in September.