Post Office Closure Calamity For Thousands

Our Post Office in Manderson, SD
Our Post Office in Manderson, SD

If you click on the map, you will see an image of Manderson, SD. The numbers I used were based loosely on a census taken from Wikipedia. It was for the 5.7 square miles around Manderson. If you zoom out you will see there is a lot of land between each village or township...and there are many families that live spread out on those lands between those townships as well that these Post Offices serve.

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We have heard that our Post Office will be closed. I am sure many people across these United States are hearing this news as well. For most of you, this is merely an inconvenience. But here, and places like here, it is far more than an inconvenience...It can even be the difference between life and death for some.

Just here in Manderson alone, there is a bit over 600 people that depend on our Post Office for their paychecks, government assistant checks and other monies they might be getting. The average yearly income for this area falls well below 9 thousand dollars. Seventy-five percent of the people living here live far below the poverty level. Mostly under the ages of 18 and over the ages of 65. As you can guess very few people have transportation. Very few have homes that keep out the winter winds and cold. Quite a few do not even have running water or indoor plumbing.

The Post Offices here are a link to the outside world. Each little town/village has one. And the poor people here buy their stamps and money orders and boxes and send their packages through their own Post Offices. They are very loyal to their own local Post Offices, they are close friends with the Post Masters or Mistresses. The People depend on their local Post Office for distant family members or friends or organizations to send them things they need. More importantly Many elderly and veterans depend upon them for the medicines the V.A. sends to them.

Sure, they might get a ride, but everyone who would give them a ride would also charge them at least 60 dollars for the gas to take them the 180 miles round trip to go pick up their mail or medicine. That is the next point I want to get to. Each of our little villages here are so far apart that it isn't just a matter a only running into town. Pine Ridge, the nearest town of any size to us is thirty miles away...and there are no open Post Office Boxes left. They are saying we will have to go to Rapid City or Hot Springs to get our mail...that is 180 miles round trip to get mail. For those who get their medicines in the mail regularly...That is just ridiculous. If they don't have any way to get that medicine they will do without. If that medicine is for their heart or some other life saving thing, they could very well die.

The USPS cares more about the money it is losing than it does about the people it serves. Well...If the people it supposedly serves turned its back on it then I daresay it would lose a heck of a lot more money.

Quentin, our PostMaster
Quentin, our PostMaster

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Andrew Lamb 5 years ago

That's absolutely terrible. How can they get away with this?


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

I dont know...because they can i suppose. unless someone like the president steps in and forces them to keep certain Post Offices open...and even then, would he and could he? thank you for stopping by Andrew. Maybe all that is left to us is prayers.


Andrew Lamb 5 years ago

This matter needs to be brought to someone's attention. Somebody has to be able to do something. This is not acceptable.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

i agree wholeheartedly. i am in contact with a friend now who might be able to help in this area.


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lapidus 5 years ago

IF he help that will be wonderful.I hope this problem will be solved soon as possible.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Thank you lapidus, so do we....so do we. thank you for coming by to read about this, and have a wonderful night.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

One of the mainstays of the formation of this country was to provide a dependable mail service, not to make a profit but to serve the people. I lived in the bush of Alaska and without the USPS many would not make it for all the reasons timcgaa has listed. Our Congress has reduced everything to a dollar value including human life. This is not a business, this is a government supposedly for the people and by the people. Thanks for bringing this to the attention of folks,

Peter


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Thank you Peter for stopping by and reading this. I wish everyone would read it and share it with their friends, and so on. You are right, it has come to the point where everything is measured by monetary worth...will it gain us money and who cares if people suffer or die so long as we get more money or dont lose any more money. there are many who cant even have mail delivered to roadside boxes because they live off the route. someone needs to be held accountable here.


St.Cyprian 5 years ago

The USPS isn't the only way to get messages or a package.

I don't expect they're going anywhere, but I certainly wish they would. The only thing I don't do digitally these days involves government agencies. That's because the rest of us (who don't work for the government) have to deal with reality as it is.

Where I live the USPS has 3 offices (this is a really small population area to have 3 post offices!) and because the population is so low, the mail carriers bid for their jobs. Lowest bidder gets the job.

When I was relying on USPs a few years ago for statements, bills, etc., I was lucky to get 60% of the mail at my house (including paychecks, by the way, which really turned my life upside down for a while and put me in a great deal of distress and financial danger). I tried to address this, but my mail carrier clearly has mental problems to the extent that I became afraid of him. I pulled up my mail box and got a P.O. box. At the P.O. box I was still lucky to get 80% of my mail. Every month something would be missing. People would say, "I'm sending you ___ in the mail," and regularly, it wouldn't arrive!

I told my parents to stop trying to send me greeting cards or anything in the mail because they would consistently be ripped open by someone at the post office who was clearly looking for something to steal.

I got tired of going to the post office to check my P.O. box and being treated rudely by clerks and worse watching other people, frequently elderly people (we have a lot here), being abused by the clerks. These people would tell them anything to get out of having to actually work, ie. sell a stamp, take care of mail forwarding requests, etc.

Finally, I gave up and I've gone entirely digital. I have a private (non-USPS) box in another town and I check the mail about once every couple of months.

My life is much less stressful now. I recommend it to everyone. I also recommend a private (non-P.O. box), so you don't have to deal with these federal asshats and their welfare entitlement mentality just to try to get your mail.

Oh, and something else -- there are a lot of Evangelicals and other scary religious people in this area. I have heard from others that if they don't like your religious beliefs (if you're not one of THEM), you don't get your mail.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

out here we have zero options but the usps... sometimes we can have things delivered by ups or fedex, but unlike in larger or more moedernized areas, we do not have mailing alternatives. heck, i thought of the pony express and carrier pigions, if that will help you to realize how un modern we are here. and as i posted in my hub, our postal clerks are loved by us. we have a saying here...mitakuye oyasin...which roughly translated means we are all related. here, it is more true than not. the clerks are members of our tribe, someones son, daughter, mother, father, uncle, aunt, cousin...you get the idea. and here we care about family. and people arent ostracized for their religion...or lack of it.

thank you for coming by and reading my article. have a great day.


St.Cyprian 5 years ago

tlmcgaa70,

If something did happen to the postal service (it won't), I'm sure someone in your area would quickly see a small business opportunity in the form of a courier service. And, since you say everyone is family, maybe they could find a way to help each other in a charitable fashion.

Just because an institution has been around for a long time doesn't necessarily mean it deserves to be.

The post office probably isn't going anywhere because like every other colossal, corrupt government institution, they're going to get a hefty bail-out. But, I think it's a shame that those of us who are not being served by it at all or are, worse, being abused by it, should be forced to pay for it. I hope the postal parasites all lose their jobs - that would force them to find real work.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

st cyprian. you have obviously had a bad experience with postal workers. we have not. both the man above, and the woman he replaced when she retired, are my very dear friends. i could never in a million years think of them as parasites. and the thought of them losing their jobs is as much a calamity as what the rest of us face in losing the post office in the first place.


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quildon 5 years ago from Florida

You have voiced the concern of a lot of people about closing post offices. I don't understand how they can say they are not making any money when there are always long lines whenever I go to the post office. Sure, people are not buying as many stamps as before, but they still send and receive packages.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Hello quildon, I understand that due to electronic alternatives, UPS, and fedex, they don't get the business they once did. but perhaps it reflects more on poor financial managment...i do not know, but what i do know is if they hurt the people they serve it will only end up hurting them worse...the money they are making comes from us...the people...if they dont respect that, and make some better attempt to compromise, they might just find they wont be making any money at all.

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