Post Offices to Remain Open

The US Postal Service announced on Monday that it is delaying the closure of hundreds of urban and suburban post offices, including the West Meridian post office.

Newscenter 11 spoke to several postal customers who all said they are thrilled to hear the facility will remain open. A postal official told us off camera that the branch will even keep its normal operating hours.

Customers say they depend on the West Meridian location because of its convenience and are relieved they will not have to drive all over town to mail their items, especially with high gas prices. The long term future of the branch is still uncertain though.

Well, I think they can go back to like 4 days a week," Gerald Clark said. "Cut back to 4 days a week and let people have a job."

"Even if it is 4 days, that is better than nothing," Jolinda Moore said. "So I mean, you just have to what you have to do. If that's what they give you to work with, just have to make it work."

The post office has announced that it will keep some rural post offices open with limited hours. That could impact several rural offices slated for closure in this area, including Conehatta, Rose Hill and Paulding in East Mississippi. Bellamy, Nanafalia, and Ward are the West Alabama locations impacted.

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  • by Hudson Location: Meridian on May 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    The postal service is NON-profit organization but when a profit is made, it is given to congress. Its non-profit status benfits the public by keeping prices low. If postal service is dismantled, everyone will have to pay FOR-profit prices, try $3 to $5.00 per letter. The postal service has only asked congress for some changes in the amount that must be given to congress and changes in the operating hours for smaller offices. Businesses and the public loses if the postal service goes away.
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on May 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM
    The Post Office is out of date and should changed to keep up with the times or shutdown. A lot like the pony express times changed and the horse could not keep up. Congress should release it's price control on them and allow them to charge what it wants for postage, then they could be profitable.
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