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Post office with 33 patrons to stay open

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 30, 2014 at 7:16 a.m.

SEDGWICK — A tiny Arkansas town has learned it can keep its post office.

KAIT-TV reported that the U.S. Postal Service told residents of Sedgwick on Tuesday night that the town's post office will continue to operate with reduced hours. The town of about 150 people is located 15 miles northwest of Jonesboro.

The office's 33 customers were surveyed a month ago about the fate of the post office. Only 10 of the residents responded. Those who did overwhelmingly wanted to keep it operational.

The post office is now set to open 2 1/2 hours later during the week. The changes will take effect in January.

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Populist says... July 30, 2014 at 8:14 a.m.

A ridiculous waste of taxpayer money.

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dildel says... July 30, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.

The Post office system is so messed up from the overloaded top end down. Try to use the sorry post office in Gravel Ridge during your lunch hour and the sorry staff shut down and close the windows while they eat instead of doing the jobs they are grossly overpaid to perform I know they re entitled to eat but why at the time of day that most need to use it.?

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HotSpringsLawyer says... July 30, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.

Good. Small towns are part of the nation too.

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KCSAP says... July 30, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.

No problem here where only 10 of the 33 customers even care, we will continue to print more money to pay for these types of wasteful spending until the dollar worthless.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... July 30, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.

Did I miss something Pop? Has the Postal Service starting receiving taxpayer money?

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KCSAP says... July 30, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.

Why yes sonny.... In 2009, the Postal Service began borrowing money from the U.S. Treasury Department to deal with its troubles. Some news accounts report the service reached its borrowing limit of $15 billion in September 2012. Politifact. “At the end of fiscal year 2013,” said the GAO, “USPS had about $100 billion in unfunded liabilities: $85 billion in unfunded liabilities for benefits, including retiree-health, pension, and workers’ compensation liabilities, and $15 billion in outstanding debt to the U.S. Treasury—the statutory limit.” CBS news. Do some research.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... July 30, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

Borrowng is not taxpayer funding. And it is Mr. Sonny to whoever you are.

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KCSAP says... July 30, 2014 at 11:20 a.m.

Sounds like ambulance chaser speak to me.

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LevyRat says... July 30, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

When you have a profit motive, waste is eliminated, services and hours are set to serve the customer and for-profits businesses react to changes in the market or they go out of business.

The post office had a monopoly and then along came, UPS and FedEX who took away all the profitable parcel business, they made no changes.

Then came e-bill, e-pay and email that has taken away nearly all of their profitable 1st class mail business, they have made no changes.

They continued to operate like nothing has happened. They continue to build new buildings, raise their rates and borrow money that your grandchildren will be paying back.

No profit motive. Time to shut this "agency" down and let a private company deliver the Kroger ads.

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3rdWorldState says... July 30, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

KSAC. The GOP helped the USPS get into this issue by making them fund their pensions in an inordinate amount of time
"At the very end of that year, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span” — meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet, something “that no other government or private corporation is required to do.”

They were trying to break the USPS. Which is odd because I travel around this state, and if you took the post office out of these places it would really hurt these towns. And most of these rural people are republicans.
Not saying they don't need to trim it down or consolidate, but, the Post Office is in the constitution and they provide a valuable service. So when the post office was struggling to change with the times, the GOP stepped in a kicked them in the gut.

Estimates show that if they did not have to make those unreasonable payments they would have a 1.5 Billion surplus today.
Maybe you should do some research?

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