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Mail-ligning USPS?
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - If you wonder why the U.S. Postal Service has been losing money, don't just blame email. Take a look at the decisions they make. This is part of their cost cutting.

Now, I realize that they have to tighten their belts. Don't we all? But don't you have to "go" where the audience is, if you want to sell your product?

This brings me to the odd decision to sell the Plymouth Post Office. This has been on the block for a year or more. They finally found a buyer. Fine. The building will now be a mosque. That's probably the only saving grace in this little oddity.

Now, Plymouth is a city of more than 60,000 folks. They deserve a free-standing post office. They won't have one anymore. Oh, there will be a "service counter", but that's only because the Mosque will lease a bit of the building back to the USPS so the postal management doesn't look like complete idiots.

As I say, Plymouth has 60,000 plus people. They don't rate a complete post office, but Golden Valley, with its 20,000 folks, does. In fact, a lot of the operations of the Plymouth facility have been moved to Golden Valley.

So, Plymouth which is three times the size of Golden Valley with three times the potential postal customers has to be content with a "service counter", while Golden Valley gets a real post office. Go figure. This is not a slam at G.V. I'm just sayin'...

I will say that the Plymouth P.O. was possibly the ugliest Post Office on the planet. It looked more like a one-story warehouse for a Sam's Club than the usual, stately edifices that grace town squares and downtowns across this country. The Plymouth location was directly across the street from the new, spiffy City Hall and Police Department on Plymouth Boulevard.

I will also say that all of us understand that the USPS had to do something to cut costs, but, honestly folks, is that the way to do it?

Consider that the USPS just spent a ton of their precious dollars to redesign and repave the parking lot and drive-through mail box lanes. Did they lease some of that back from Mosque, too? We'll have to see.

At least the corner will stay lively, during services anyway.

If the USPS has any brains left, they should build another full service Post Office in "downtown" Plymouth. But keep the "Service counter". After all, they just paid for that new parking lot and drive through. That's at least until the lease expires.

And Plymouthians have to go somewhere (Golden Valley?) to check P.O. boxes, unless they give up the ghost entirely and just use email and UPS (they still have a facility in downtown Plymouth).

There's a lot of head-shaking going on in Plymouth and it's not because of the East Coast earthquake.


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