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Lecompton post office to remain open but have hours cut under new plan; more than 300 other Kansas post offices to have reduced hours

May 9, 2012

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A new plan by the U.S. Postal Service proposes to keep the Lecompton Post office open but significantly reduce the hours that it is staffed.

The new post office plan announced Wednesday would cut the number of hours the post office is staffed by an employee from eight hours a day currently to four hours in the future.

Access to post office boxes in the building will remain unchanged.

The Postal Service plan also calls for reduced hours at rural post offices across the country. According to a list released by the Postal Service about 3 p.m. Wednesday, 362 rural post offices in Kansas are proposed to have their hours cut.

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Post office hour-reduction ( .PDF )

Lecompton is the only Douglas County post office proposed to have its hours cuts. In the broader area, Linwood and Williamsburg are slated to have their hours cut from eight hours to four, while the Pomona facility will have its hours cut from eight hours to six hours.

For a complete list, click here or download the PDF to the left.

Comments

KansasLiberal 2 years, 7 months ago

The USPS would be in great financial condition if not for the requirement that Congressional republicans made that they pre-fund their retirement fund 75 years into the future. No other business or governmental entity in America is forced to do that, so why is the Post Office forced to? In my opinion, the republicans are trying to bankrupt the USPS so that it can be privatized and their pension fund can be raided. There isn't any other explanation.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 7 months ago

Pfffft, this mess has been on the horizon since the days that Ma and Pa Kettle realized that they could send a message through their computer instantly. If you don't believe that tech has practically killed this institution, I've got a Mister Microphone I'd love to sell you.

Bob Forer 2 years, 7 months ago

the computer age has been both a blessing and a curse for the USPS. Bills are paid electronically and few people send conventional letters. However, retail mail order and auction houses such as ebay have caused an marked increase in the number of packages being shipped through the mail.

The postal service is suffering financially because of its top heavy management and and funding requriements for its pension plan. It has nothing to do with tech.

Would you like to purchase my Mr. Microphone?.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 7 months ago

Actually, both things are true: there has been a decrease in personal and business mail and an increase in shipping of items, however, as thebcman points out, not enough of those shippings have gone to the USPS. They dug themselves a hole with their benefit plans for sure but to say that the tech isn't a large factor in their problem is just sticking one's head in the sand. A large part of the USPS's revenue was company's using them to deliver info to private homes: Sears and JC Penney's catalogs, coupon books, company mailers, etc. Companies discovered years ago that it is FAR cheaper to put all that info on the web and not spend cash to mail items that people would simply toss in the trash. While junk mail still obviously occurs, it isn't anywhere near the levels of even 10 years ago.

And if you have a Mr. Microphone, yes, I might buy it. "Hey good lookin', I'll be back to pick you up later."

Charles L Bloss Jr 2 years, 7 months ago

Why don't they just eliminate saturday delivery, and be done with it.

chootspa 2 years, 7 months ago

Actually, it's because they're legally required to stay open on Saturdays.

imastinker 2 years, 7 months ago

I think they should have mail routes that go twice weekly. Most businesses use PO Boxes anyway, and anybody needing mail more often can use a PO box also where the mail will be delivered daily. Nobody will lose service significantly, and the biggest inconvenience will be to stop by and get the mail at the Post office for those that can't wait for every three day delivery.

They won't do it though because it would involve laying off 2/3 of their carriers.

chootspa 2 years, 7 months ago

Because they're simultaneously required to act like a business and then given irrational demands that a true business would not face. They had to fully fund their pensions for 75 years into the future within 10 years, and then they have to stay open on Saturdays and service even the most remote areas.

pace 2 years, 7 months ago

What amazes me is the number of people who don't know about that congressional trick. Plus congress is playing with that fund.

thebigspoon 2 years, 7 months ago

My Dad was a rural carrier in Lawrence until August , 1971. They were talking about doing away with Saturday mail back then so I doubt if it will ever come to that ???/

deec 2 years, 7 months ago

The post office could easily get out of the red if Congress would approve an adequate raise in rates. It costs the post office somewhere around 70 cents to process a 1 oz. first class letter. Congress approved a penny raise in rates this year.

Can you imagine the squealing by the public if they had to pay what it costs to process that mother's day card?

Fossick 2 years, 7 months ago

"Can you imagine the squealing by the public if they had to pay what it costs to process that mother's day card?"

They do have to pay that cost. Since the money is not coming from Santa Claus, it comes from one of two places: either the customer or the taxpayer. They are both the public.

pace 2 years, 7 months ago

i would pay 70 cents to send letters, cards and document. Especially if junk mail had to pay the same. I want the mail system, not the subsidized junk mail system.

Bruce Rist 2 years, 7 months ago

Maybe Congress should be looking at is why it the cost is 70 cents.

deec 2 years, 7 months ago

Maybe they should look at why it costs 6-8 dollars for Fedex/UPS to deliver a document as well.

Bruce Rist 2 years, 7 months ago

Why do we need to do what they are already doing? It's in their best interest

pace 2 years, 7 months ago

70 cents to send a letter anywhere in the country sounds reasonable. In the bakery I use to use a rule of thumb, every time you touch a product it costs a nickle. then added ingredient costs.
Mail system, rail system, highways, all should be valued, they bring economic value to the communities they serve. We are letting them rot, so we can give tax breaks to fat cats who are padding their portfolios. Short term graft instead of long term goals.

RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

I have been slower than others to switch to paying bills online, but as postage edges closer to half a buck per I am going to make the switch. As more and more people make this decision the post office will operate in the red regardless of the price of stamps. Junk mail is the only thing keeping the doors open anyway, so maybe it's time to park the pony.

usnsnp 2 years, 7 months ago

A couple of facts; UPS does not deliver to all addresses especially in rural areas, they use the Postal service for finial delivery. Mail is covered by federal law if it is tampered with, how much of the internet is hacked every day, no federal law covering this problem. If you do away with Postal Service that would mean everyone would have to have internet connection and a computer, talk about subsidising an industry. As for privitizing the Postal Service, there is no company that would take over that responsibility.

pace 2 years, 7 months ago

So the economic arguments of loss means nothing against a desire that a portion of 'federal employees will suffer', Sure it will hurt the economy, hurt families, end up driving up the cost and efficacy of product, but at least other people will suffer. Gee, do you cut the hamstrings of ever other one of your children?

David Albertson 2 years, 7 months ago

I'd be willing to bet 90% of Lecompton residents are Conservative Small Government Republicans. I find it amusing the way they scream and cry when their Post Office is on the verge of being cut. Isn't that what they want? Smaller government. More private business. Try sending all your mail via privately owned Fedex. See how much it cost you. Not to mention they don't pick it up from your house, you have to take it to them. Maybe the whole idea of smaller government isn't such a great idea when it directly affects you, is it?

lepchun 2 years, 7 months ago

Alright Lecompton got some good news, now maybe some of the "Save the Lecompton Postoffice will come down". Good for you Lecompton.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 7 months ago

News reports have the postal service losing upwards of 25 million a day overall with the shortage being made up from the taxpayers. As much as I like the daily mail and all of the carriers I have had, I would have to vote my pocketbook and not my heart and go green. The postal service as we know it is a money pit with no other solution than to be done away with.

Alex Parker 2 years, 7 months ago

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