Miss. lawmakers weigh in on rural post office decision

The U.S. Postal Service, under pressure from lawmakers, including Mississippi’s U.S. senators, is proposing cutting back retail hours at post offices instead of closing them altogether — a boon to more than 200 post offices in the Magnolia State including three communities in Coastal counties, McHenry, McNeill, and Nicholson.

The U.S. Postal Service projects losses of $14 billion this year and is asking Congress for the go-ahead for a comprehensive overhaul law. But while the bill is still being considered on Capitol Hill, the Postal Service wanted to close 3,700 little-used post offices by May 15.

Lawmakers balked, with 43 senators, including GOP Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, writing the postmaster general asking for a moratorium.

Sun Herald
5/10/12