Archived: EDITORIAL: Some Local Post Offices to Close

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Some residents of Los Angeles County will have to do without one more service they have come to rely on in the near future. The U.S. Postal Service announced this week that it intends to close some local post offices.

On the Post Office’s chopping block are offices in South Gate, Bell, Cudahy and La Puente.

It seems the Postal Service is once again deeply in debt, or should we say still in debt since we can’t recall when it wasn’t.

Postal Service officials say the increased use of email and the Internet have caused a decrease in the number of people using mail service, and that has caused a drop in revenue, though much of the service’s massive infrastructure has remained the same.

As a result, the U.S. Postal Service will change some of the ways it retails the sale of postage stamps and other services.

Postal authorities believe they can save revenue by opening up retail offices in local businesses, like banks have done in supermarkets.

While we don’t know if these plans will inconvenience the public more than the removal of some local postal boxes already have, it’s not hard to imagine the crowds and parking headaches that the change will create during heavy mailing seasons such as the Christmas Season.

What’s next, having to pick up our mail personally?

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