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Closing rural post offices won't save much

Good for Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., for sending a letter to the U.S. postmaster general questioning the justification for potentially closing rural post offices across the country, including 156 in Kansas. He noted that the Postal Regulatory Commission found that maintaining rural post offices only amounts to 0.7 percent of the Postal Service's total budget and that closing a post office simply because of revenue shortfalls violates the U.S. Postal Code. "I sincerely recognize the situation that the Postal Service is facing," Moran wrote, "but I believe that reducing service to these communities will significantly impact rural citizens with little benefit to the Postal Service's bottom line."