Samara O'Shea

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Village Post Offices

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Village Post Offices have become the norm in Germany: The Postal Service in Germany Reinvents Itself. And it looks like the US might want to go in a similar direction:USPS Revising Plan for “Village Post Offices”

A Village Post Office is a when a retailer teams up with the Post Office and sells stamps and sends packages from the store. The term “Village Post Office” sounds sweet and endearing, and if it keeps post offices alive then I guess I’m all for it. I’ll just miss the regal Post Office experience—walking into a building with Grecian columns and the sense of a stately operation. Or, in small towns, I’ll miss the cozy, community experience of the Post Office. I’m probably mourning too soon. Not all of the post offices are going away—only some. The stately ones in large cities will most likely stick around. We’ll see. The season is changing. The dust will settle, and we’ll see where it lands.

If you want to start your own Village Post Office, here’s the contact info.

More Than Mail

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Another day, another sad story about a possible post office close: Rural America Fears that Beloved Post Offices will Close. I really do wonder what will happen. Your guess is as good as mine. We should know by year’s end.

Monday Musings

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Happy Monday! The good news today is the Obama campaign has launched a feature called Letter of the Week (or maybe it’s been around for a while and I’m just noticing it). The bad news is, the USPS is still in trouble. Please visit Save the Post Office and see what you can do. I’m walking around with a petition in my back pocket. This clip is from the site:

This is Bad

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Um, we might want to get our Christmas cards out now . . .

“The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.”

Read full story at the NY Times