Area Postal officials talk about proposed cuts to service
Tonya Sercye, Dispatch Clerk for the Jasper Post Office, empties Christmas cards from a mailbox.
The Monday before Christmas, the Jasper Post Office was teeming with people shipping packages and letters in a last ditch effort to get them to their destination on time.
But this bustling scene is atypical for most post offices across the nation, with regular, non-holiday traffic and mailings dropping so much since their peak in 2006 that the federally-controlled operation is now billions of dollars in the red.
Recently post office officials have made announcements that the Postal Service will close 252 of its 487 processing centers and 3,700 of its nearly 32,000 offices nationwide, as well as nixing one-day first-class mail delivery, as a way to combat the changing market and plummeting bottom line.
Fortunately for postal workers in Pickens, regional officials say none of the post offices here are scheduled to be on the chopping block.
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