ROSE NOLEN: Loss of small post offices is another sign of economic despair

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | 5:45 p.m. CDT

Call this a disclaimer of sorts.

A long time ago I worked at a post office. (Along with every former post office employee I ever talked to, I admit that I understand what people mean when they accuse someone of going "postal.")


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In any case, I hate hearing that some small post offices will be closing. In the town where I grew up, we had no mail delivery. We had to collect our mail at the post office.

With all the progress our society has made, it annoys me that we seem to be going backward in some respects.

I understand that email, UPS and FedEx make it difficult for the U.S. Postal Service to support itself. Still, the idea that another segment of the population will add to the unemployment rolls is pretty discouraging. We could handle some good news for a change.

Some of us have accepted the dire prediction that jobs lost to other countries are never coming back. We would like to hope that new jobs will be created at such a rapid pace that employers can get production lines pumping again and spur the economy.  

Wishful thinking, huh?

I find it amazing that so many politicians are campaigning for future elections when the country is in such bad shape. One would hope that the executive and legislative branches of government would be working full time to figure out how to get people back to work.

Unlike those in the seats of government, the unemployed don't need to worry about reducing their spending. Lacking the ability to earn enough money takes care of that problem.

Optimists keep telling anyone who will listen that our problems will iron themselves out as they always do. Apparently this is going to occur by magic since there doesn't seem to be a clue about how to make it happen.

Because we lived on easy street for so long, it’s hard to accept our present crisis and find a way to survive it. But we need to employ all of our resources to find a strategy that will put us on solid financial ground again.

Now is the time for all the economic geniuses who predict our future to find a way.

Actually, it’s getting harder for some of us to trust those in charge of our destiny. As some may recall, these are the same people who encouraged government to participate in the trade agreements that turned our economy upside-down.

At what point do we begin to see major industries moving to our shores so we can start getting Americans back to work?

Like most people, I would like to believe things will turn around. Now I would like to see some evidence.  

After the small-town post offices disappear, I can’t help but ask what is next? From where I sit, the spiral is all downhill.

I’m ready to hear good news.

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