New England Views: At rural post offices, a steady erosion of service


Concord Monitor: Many small-town post offices have suspected that their hours, if not days, are numbered. While the U.S. Postal Service in 2012 called off drastic plans to close many rural post offices, it has been proceeding apace with other budget-cutting measures, including curtailing counter service at post offices throughout the Upper Valley. In Corinth, Hartland Four Corners and Thetford, Vt., and in Piermont and Lyme Center, N.H., and beyond weekday service has been cut from eight hours to four or less.

Now, as part of a two-year national plan well under way, customer service is likely to be shortened at other local post offices as well.  Read more.