Washington, D.C. -
The U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce the number of days their offices and branches will be open in an effort to save money. The Postal Service just missed a $3.5 billion payment and has been in financial problems for the last few years as the internet takes of many routine correspondeces.
Rural areas will take the biggest hit, with an estimated 13,000 postal office and branches planning to cut the numbef of day open to as low as two days per week.
According to USAToday, the overall majority of cuts will be in Pennsylvania, Maine, New York, Vermont, West Virgina, Alaska, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota, which will account for nearly 60% of the affected closings. Within those states, locations in the Apalachian moutains and in the rural "Great Plains" will be affected most.
The Postal Service lost $5.1 billion in 2011 and these cuts are expected to save $500 million a year.
Some offices wil be reduces to four days while others will go down to just two days.
For many, this will eliminate two and three day service guarantees fo rmail going or coming from the affected areas. Those areas also tend to be among the poorest areas of the country with little access to internet or broadband connections.
Business that depand on the Postal Service have objected to this move saying many depends on the mail for communications, documents, prescription medications and that the post office is the center of a small town culture. It also makes it harder for small businesses in small and rural towns to compete against their counterparts in large metropolitian areas.