News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 24, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 24, 2012

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Cory post office on target list

The U.S. Postal Service is currently in the process of closing or consolidating thousands of smaller offices. Post offices located in rural communities are going to be hit the hardest. The office I would like to bring up is in Cory. Cory is currently on the list to have its hours shortened.

No tax dollars are going to be saved in the process of shortening hours. The Postal Service is completely supported by postage and fees; no tax dollars support it at all. Closing or not closing the office has no effect on the federal deficit.

I believe by shortening the hours of operation it will be an excuse to later close the post office all together. Having the post office only opened for four hours a day will not allow all customers the time they need to get to the post office. This will decrease revenue so they will have an excuse to close.

If the post office eventually closes there will not be a lot of room for growth in the small town of Cory. Businesses and companies do not want to go to a town without a post office, so this could mean that the town could dry up and disappear all together.

Federal law prohibits the Postal Service from permanently closing a small post office just to save dollars. Under Title 39, United States Code 404(b) any decision to close or consolidate a post office must be based on certain criteria. These include the effect on the community served; compliance with government policy established by law that the Postal Service must provide maximum degree of effective and regular services to rural areas, communities and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining; the economic savings to the Postal Service; and other factors the Postal Service determines necessary.

If after reading this you are concerned that the Cory post office might be in jeopardy, please write to your local congressman. Also, it is very important that the media know about this because they can bring it to the attention of people who do not know about this issue yet.

Right now, the tentative date for the meeting is Feb. 7, 2013, 3:30 p.m. at the Cory Volunteer Fire Department.

— Aeriel White

Spencer