Salcha, Alaska 99714...post office
The Times They Are Achangin', Bob Dylan so wisely sang years ago. In the postal service, these have become drastic.
What many people do not know, there are no tax dollars supporting the postal service, yet many business solutions must be approved by Congress. Up until the general population turned to electronic communication, it was no problem. The USPS was able to support itself. Now, many people pay bills on line and instead of writing letters, quickly email friends and family. This has caused a severe drop in the volume of mail and developed a dire need to restructure the postal system.
People retire and they do not fill the positions. Nation wide, the postal service is working short-handed as they scramble to realign this national system. Presently, 3700 offices are being "looked at" for possible closure...and this is just the first round. Talk of a five day delivery week is in the works and will result in the loss of many jobs.
The closure of small offices is the next solution. Just this week in my area, a post office received one call and that evening, the office was closed.
I have worked thirty-seven years for the postal service. I have witnessed many improvements and severe decline.
I can only hope the job lasts and when I do retire, if I have a job to retire from, there are retirement benefits left.
Yes, Mr Dylan, the times they are achangin'. Letter writing is a lost art...and with that loss, so may the postal service be lost, too.