Now we’re talking: Iowa calls for a moratorium on closings


Day after day, month after month, it’s been nothing but bad news and critical editorials about how much money the Postal Service is losing, why it has to close thousands of post offices, and what Congress—and taxpayers—may need to do to rescue the postal system.  There have also been hundreds of news items about the closing, or impending closure, of so many post offices.  Each one is a sad story about what a loss it will be to the community, the town meeting with postal officials who don’t seem to listen because their decision has already been made, the grief of local citizens who’ve had the post office in their town for a hundred, maybe two hundred years.

Today, finally, an article to raise one’s spirits.

“Faced with the potential loss of their local post offices,” reports the Iowa Messenger, “a group of area leaders has decided to go on the offensive.”  Forty government officials, including the governor and many mayors, “gathered in Fort Dodge Saturday and decided to ask Congress for a moratorium on future post office closures.”

Yes!  A moratorium on closures!  It’s happened twice in the past, in 1976 and 1998.  It could happen again.

The Iowa group, which has named itself Iowans for Post Office Services, is going to send letters to Congress, the National Governors Association and the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission lobbying for the moratorium.  And there’s more.

The mayor of Randolph, Iowa said citizens in his town have pledged $10,000 to pay for a federal lawsuit against the Postal Service over the potential closing of their post office.  Mayor Vance Trively also suggested that a class action lawsuit should be considered.

You can sign a petition calling for a moratorium on closing post offices here.  More on the case for a moratorium, here.

(Photo credit: Luther, Iowa, post office, in Iowa Backroads; meeting of Iowans for Post Office Service)