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Poll: Would You Miss Your Neighborhood Post Office If It Shut Down?

Thirteen Rhode Island branches are being studied as possible closures.

Would you miss your post office if it closed?

As we've become increasingly dependent on email and social media for communication, many of us have decreased our reliance on physical post offices. That trend is the reason the U.S. Postal Service is studying 3,700 of its locations to determine whether there's a demand to keep them open. In Rhode Island, 13 post offices are on that list, including a downtown Providence location and the main branch in Newport. Many in Massachusetts are also being studied.

Just last night, the Postal Service held a public hearing about the possible closure of the downtown Providence office, located at Kennedy Plaza and known as the Annex. Comments are reportedly being accepted on the proposal through Dec. 1.

Debt problems still plague the U.S. Postal Service, as outined in a report from the Government Accountability Office and reported by The Washington Post.

But in some small communities, the post office is more than just a place to mail packages. It's a community hub.

We want to know: Would you miss your post office if it were gone for good? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Norman M. Fucile October 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Close the PO branch on the Naval Station in Newport. All citizens can utilize the Middletown PO, but only the military can use the Navel Station. Why keep open a PO that 90% of the local population can't have any access to.
Tom October 24, 2011 at 08:10 PM
I agree Penelope. I grew up using the Thames Street Post Office. Why we need three post offices within three miles of each other is beyond me. Shut down Middletown now. God forbid someone needs to drive an extra mile to get to the post office.
Gretchen Robinson January 07, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I find the service at the Attleboro PO to be superb. Staff are very helpful and come out and fill in when more than one or two people are waiting. BTW the PO has been crippled by regulations set by Congress for political reasons. Congress seeks to hamstring the PO and give UPS and other carriers the advantage. The Post Office should not be political football. The PO is an institution going back to Benjamin Franklin and still the PO serves tiny towns and enables those towns to survive. Do we want to be a 3rd rate nation with lousy delivery times??
Eileen Famiglietti January 09, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My cousin is the Post Mistress at the Chartley Post office and it does pretty well-even w/the Attleboro one up the street...

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