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Trading Posts were vital in the formation of the United States of America. They are now being threatened with closure due to the bad poltics and ideas of the Tea Party who are going out of their way to hurt the poor and disenfranchised who are welcomed by our Lady Liberty to this Freedom Land.
I suggest the poor and disenfranchised set up Trading Posts at the Post Office near you, and began a barter system with donated supplies of which a percentage will go the keeping our Post Offices open. Surplus food can be dropped off to be distributed to the needy, or, mailed to relatives and friends in need.
Ideas and information can be exchanged that will help Americans who are suffering economical hardships. People can be hired at these Trading Posts.
Becoming visible is paramount for the survival of the down and out. “Out of sight, out of mind.” will not do. The homeless need a place to be during the day. They need a sanctuary where they can feel they are playing a role in bettering society as a whole.
What do the billionaire Koch brothers, whose moneyfueled the war against public workers in Wisconsin, have to do with postal reform? Why does the consulting firm of McKinsey & Co—in the news recently because of its controversial study on Obama’s health care plan—play a part in the Postal Service’s plans to close post offices? How have conservative think tanks contributed to the yammer to privatize the Postal Service? Where do opponents of the post office, like the Tea Party and Congressmen Darrel Issa and Dennis Ross, get their support?
You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, so we’ve prepared a “Who’s Who in the Great Postal Service Debate” to help keep track of what’s going on.
But this is not a game being played for fun. The livelihood of postal workers is threatened, and there are hundreds of small towns and neighborhoods suffering the loss of their post offices. A legacy of brick-and-mortar post offices that took two centuries to build may be dismantled in a matter of two or three years. Historic buildings that belong to the American public are being auctioned off—in the middle of a real estate slump. And humble little post offices, which cost next to nothing to maintain or lease, are being closed down to save a few dollars.
Click hereto go the Who’s Who page. The list is just a beginning. We’ll add more names as the days and weeks go by. The debate over the future of the Postal Service has been going on for years, but with thousands of postoffices potentially on the chopping block, it’s really just getting started.
The Postal Service is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its retail outlets.
The financially-troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study 3,653 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. But many of those may be replaced by Village Post Offices in which postal services are offered in local stores, libraries or government offices.
Most of the offices that face review are in rural areas and have low volumes of business. As many as 3,000 post offices have only two hours of business a day even though they are open longer, said postal vice president Dean Granholm.
The following Oregon post offices are being studied for possible closure or replacement:
NEW PINE CREEK
NEW PINE CREEK