This month the US Postal Service announced a $329 million dollar loss for the first quarter. It’s just the latest challenge for the agency with email and social networking sites nearly obliterating letter writing, more people doing their personal and professional business online and the continual loss of money due to them having to make advance payments to cover health care costs of their future retirees. In an effort to stay afloat, the Postal Service recently announced that it will be cutting thousands of jobs and reviewing up to 2000 rural post offices to see which may need to be closed. But many, especially in rural areas, say that these offices are still vital to the community. We’ll look at the state of the postal service and see how it may position itself in the future.
- Ruth Goldway, Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the performance and accountability of the U.S. Postal Service
- R. Richard Geddes, associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
We’ll also hear from
- Robert Baker, President of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association