Hope's post office hopes for a miracle

  • Article by: KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 14, 2012 - 1:23 PM

Small towns across Minnesota are on the brink of losing their post offices, causing residents, such as those in Hope, Minn., to wonder how much of their identity will go with the postmark.

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meemaaJan. 14, 12 6:09 PM

The USPS can start by slashing payroll for needless middle management. The area of southern mn has over 1.7 million of waste. This is a hopelessly out of date bureaucracy and business model.

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mlaudenslageJan. 15, 12 9:02 AM

How about we start with congress giving the postal service back some of the billions they have taken for prefunding of retirement and medical out 75 years for folks who aren't even born yet?! They have mandated the taking of enough billions that the USPS would be well in the black. How come this story is never told? It doesn't take any digging at all to find out that congress is intentionally screwing them.

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reader1945Jan. 15, 12 9:10 AM

I agree with the previous comment. Congress is holding the postal service hostage with the pre-funding requirement. The cost of making those payments account for nearly 84% of the debt. It's like having a mortgage company giving you a 30 year mortgage but requiring that you pay it off in 5 years. The fund is already overpaid according to accounting sources, yet Congress still requires more payments. Again, it's like paying off your mortgage and the bank insists you keep making payments. And members of Congress lie to the American people wanting a taxpayer bailout. All the post office wants is some of it's OWN overpaid money back. Tell the whole story so the people of this country will have all the relevant facts.

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ranger78Jan. 15, 12 4:14 PM

$20,000 in savings? That's it? Come on. Salaries, benefits, building services and maintenance, etc., would add up to much more than that. And there are thousands of these wastelands around the country. Close them all. They aren't needed.

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owatonnabillJan. 15, 12 5:51 PM

I read recently of some towns out west (Wyoming, I believe) are faced with the same cutbacks. they're thinking about re-implementing the pony express to serve the locals. Real ponies. They figure they can do it for about the same cost as paid by postal patrons today AND do it more reliably. It should be interesting to see how this works out.

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jcinmnFeb. 24, 12 8:35 AM

Dear Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Stop whining about what the Postal Service is doing to balance their budget and do something to help them fix the problem. You can't solve your own budget problem and you want to block them from solving theirs? Let them cut their expenses by 12 1/2% by simply going to a 5 day delivery. Take back the pre-funding of pensions requirement. Stop being a part of the problem and start being a part of the solution

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