audience listened, but didn’t like what they heard, about planned
Postal Service closings of mail-processing centers and other cutbacks.
center closings outlined
Changes proposed to salvage the U.S. Postal Service from its projected $10-billion debt could also make mail delivery more problematic for newspapers in New England and elsewhere.
Mike Powers, manager of the Northeast area of the Postal Service, discussed those changes to the Postal Service’s operation Friday, Feb. 10, during the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s winter convention. Those attending the workshop expressed their displeasure with the changes.
The Postal Service has more
processing centers and offices than it really needs; the number of processing
centers has risen from 473 in 2006 to 487 in 2011, Powers said. The
Postal Service had no debt in 2006, Powers said.
informing the audience of the financial straits with which the Postal
Service must deal, Powers began to describe the “proposed future
network,” as he referred to it.
Without those closings, the
Postal Service could be in danger of reaching its $15-billion debt ceiling,
Those in the audience had
a different view of the proposed shrinkage, however.
Yoel Melles is an undergraduate student in the Northeastern University School of Journalism.
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