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Closing the Calcutta Post Office may not be so bad

June 26, 2011
Morning Journal News

When times get tough, tough decisions must be made. And while most people agree that government must be downsized in order to make needed budget cuts, no one wants those cutbacks to affect them.

Such is the case in the Calcutta Post Office. St. Clair Township trustees were notified in May that the current lease on the building which houses the post office would not be renewed when it expires on Feb. 19 of next year.

While some are arguing that it makes no sense to close the post office in Calcutta, which has become the center of commerce for the East Liverpool area, U.S. Postal Service spokesman Victor Dubina pointed out that Giant Eagle on state Route 170 is a contract postal unit (CPU), which means it can provide most of the same services as a regular post office, including rural carriers.

According to the USPS website a CPU sells stamps, stamped envelopes and stamped postal cards. Services include Express Mail, first class mail, parcel post, insured, certified, registered and priority mail.

With the exception of postal box rentals, a CPU appears to be full-service post office. Since the current Calcutta Post Office and the Giant Eagle CPU seem to be duplicating services, it's no wonder the USPS chose to close the free-standing post office in order to cut costs.

No one likes change, especially when it hits home. But this change seems like a logical cost-cutting move that can be absorbed with minimal loss of services.



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