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The Haunt of HomeA Journey through America's Heartland$
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Zachary Michael Jack

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501751790

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501751790.001.0001

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Death by Mail

Death by Mail

(p.117) 7 Death by Mail
The Haunt of Home

Zachary Michael Jack

Cornell University Press

This chapter addresses the potential closing of a post office (PO) near the author's home. The author located the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) community meeting location nearest them — Buffalo, Iowa — and made plans to be there in person to hear the death knell. The proposed service reductions, part of the vaguely nefarious-sounding Phase 1 of USPS's POStPlan, are slated to impact over thirteen thousand post offices nationwide. In 2011, the Postal Service shuttered more than 460 mostly rural offices in a series of closings disproportionately impacting Middle American states. With several hundred post offices facing reduced hours or “discontinuance,” Iowa's 322 would-be victims placed second only to Pennsylvania's 445. Calculating a post office closure/hours reduction rate per capita reveals a moribund ground zero smack dab in the nation's breadbasket.

Keywords:   post offices, U.S. Postal Service, service reductions, POStPlan, rural post offices, Middle American states, Middle America

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