Rural residents react to U.S.P.S decision

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 8:40am

Almost 4,000 rural post offices across the country faced the chopping block this year, after the United State Postal Services announced it would close branches to save money. That included a number of Ark-La-Tex stations, inlcuding the one in Gilliam, Louisiana. Wednesday, however, brought good news for residents who were fighting to keep their post office open. The U.S.P.S. Postmaster General's office announced it would not close the rural offices, but cut hours or merge locations to save money.

Gilliam residents said they're happy about the decision, because they depend on the post office, both for business and socialization. "This is what brings people to town. This is where they get their information. It's incredibly important to us," said Angela Miller, a nurse practitioner who works across from the post office, at the David Raines Community Center.

Besides cutting hours, the U.S.P.S. is looking at additional ways to save money, including ending Saturday delivery. That move has yet to be officially approved by Congress.

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