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October 21, 2012
Breanna Schlichtmann - Editorial Intern , Reinbeck Courier

If did not know already, the United States Postal Service is trying to reduce spending by cutting hours in small post offices, and even consolidating small offices that aren't used as often as they could be. In today's society, mailing actual letters have become the less popular choice when it comes to communicating. With things like texting and the internet, letters have been on the downfall. Why spend money on postage for a letter, when you can simply send someone a text, or an email? Teenagers are the face of tomorrow, and simply just do not see the necessity in sending anything that is not digitalized. As a seventeen year old, I am not exempt from this. If I were to tell you how many letters I've sent in my life, I could probably count them all on one hand. Although it is not just the teenagers, adults are not sending as much mail as they used to either. With the internet, paying bills and sending money has become so much faster and easier to do. The USPS realizes this; that mail is not as convenient as it used to be. Which is why they are consolidating offices, because they have stopped making profit.

A little while ago a survey was sent to random people throughout Reinbeck. It's titled the "POST Plan Customer Survey." The POST Plan is a plan the USPS has come up with that is trying to keep open small post offices, but also save money for the USPS at the same time. The survey is asking your opinion on what should happen with the post office, whether it should be consolidated, or have it's hours cut down to four a day (which the Reinbeck Post Office is already at). This survey, and its answers will be used to decide what happens with the Reinbeck Post Office. A meeting will be held in Reinbeck on October 31st. This meeting will be at 509 Clark Street and is open to anyone who would like to come. There they are going to discuss the POST plan, the surveys, and any questions that you may have.



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