US Postal Service not closing rural branches at this time

Bending to strong public opposition, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Thursday backed off a plan to close thousands of rural post offices in Utah and nationally.

Logan letter carrier Aaron Porter, an officer in both the local and state Letter Carrier Association said there has also been talk of eliminating doorstep delivery. On KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Monday, Porter said it’s true that there isn’t a lot of first class mail these days. Mother’s Day mail is an example of this.

“We used to deliver three, maybe 4 cards almost every day to every house. We don’t see that anymore. It has adapted to where a lot of the mail we deliver now is for commercial purposes. Businesses like to advertise and get their word out, and it’s effective to do it that way,” he said.

Porter said you can order a T-shirt on the Internet, but no one has figured out how you get the T-shirt except through the mail. He said the proposed postal cuts by Congress would slow the delivery of prescription drugs, newspapers and other services.

Porter said on Saturday, local letter carriers are teaming up with the Campbell Soup Company in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. All food collected locally will go to the Cache Community Food Pantry.

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