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  • Crunch time at Postal Service: Five questions about post office closings.

    Crunch time at Postal Service: Five questions about post office closings.

    Among the thousands of post offices under review for closure is a cramped branch in downtown Elmira, N.Y., bustling on a rainy summer afternoon. It was, until recently, a place retiree Charlotte Dumas took for granted. She visits the downtown branch about three times a week. "I would hate to see it close," she says. "It's so convenient." And it's a bargain. The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivers an average of 563 million pieces of mail a day, six days a week. For a 44-cent stamp, you can send a letter to the far reaches of the nation. Rain, sleet, and manic dogs don't stop the service, which carries mail by pack mule to the Havasupai Indian reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and operates branches in towns of fewer than 100 residents. Too good to be true? It might soon be. To help close a $20 billion revenue shortfall by 2015, the USPS may be forced to shutter as many as 3,700 post offices nationwide.

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  • Stamp prices: Up another penny in 2012

    Stamp prices: Up another penny in 2012

    Stamp prices will rise from 44 cents to 45 cents for a one-ounce first-class letter. Rise in stamp prices takes effect Jan. 22.

  • Crunch time at Postal Service: Five questions about post office closings.

    Crunch time at Postal Service: Five questions about post office closings.

    Among the thousands of post offices under review for closure is a cramped branch in downtown Elmira, N.Y., bustling on a rainy summer afternoon. It was, until recently, a place retiree Charlotte Dumas took for granted. She visits the downtown branch about three times a week. "I would hate to see it close," she says. "It's so convenient." And it's a bargain. The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivers an average of 563 million pieces of mail a day, six days a week. For a 44-cent stamp, you can send a letter to the far reaches of the nation. Rain, sleet, and manic dogs don't stop the service, which carries mail by pack mule to the Havasupai Indian reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and operates branches in towns of fewer than 100 residents. Too good to be true? It might soon be. To help close a $20 billion revenue shortfall by 2015, the USPS may be forced to shutter as many as 3,700 post offices nationwide.

  • Post office closures: What happens if a town has no post office?

    Post office closures: What happens if a town has no post office?

    The Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will consider closing more than 3,600 post offices. Does that mean people in small towns won't be able to send mail? Not necessarily.

  • Postal Service woes: First-class stamps may climb to 46 cents

    Postal Service woes: First-class stamps may climb to 46 cents

    Beset by a massive budget deficit, reduced volume of mail, and rising health-care costs, the US Postal Service has proposed raising postage rates again in 2011.

  • Postage stamps are going up in price...again

    Postage stamps will cost you two cents more, beginning next January.

  • Will e-trucks deliver your snail mail?

    Will e-trucks deliver your snail mail?

    US Postal Service looks to "electrify" its fleet

  • Postal Service plays games, goes electric

    Horizons Postal Service plays games, goes electric