People in Goshen Speak Out to Save Post Office

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By Brittany Bivins

It's been a tough year for rural post offices across the country, as the United States Postal Service struggles with financial problems. Now some people in Pike County are speaking out to try to save one of their own.

Goshen's post office has been on the chopping block for more than a year, when the postal service announced plans to cut service from hundreds of local communities. Now the deadline to decide its fate is almost up.

For some people in Goshen, the post office is more than just a building and a zip code. "It means more than you really can explain in words, because something you had for so many years. It's just like, you know your way home, you know where you're going, but see, when you take this away, now what?" said Robert Cope.

"It would hurt us bad. I would say approximately 75 to 80 percent of the people at some time during the week come to the post office," said Goshen's mayor, Jack Waller.

Last month, Waller got a letter in the mail, along with more than 5,000 other people who use the Goshen post office or mailing routes, laying out four options for the post office.

Three of them would close it. One would restrict its operating hours from 8 each day to 4, to save money. Residents say closing the office altogether would be painful for the entire community. "At 82, you don't want to get out in all the mix and mingle of all the heavy traffic, and it's easier just to come down to your local post office and buy your stamps," said Colleen Mound.

However most people CBS 8 News spoke to say they'll support cutting hours, if it keeps the doors open. "We love our post office, and we don't want to lose that. I'm emphasizing that, and we'll do what it takes to keep it open," said Waller.

The community meeting is scheduled for January 7th at Goshen's town hall. The public is encouraged to attend and give their input.



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