by Tena Starr on November 21, 2010
For nearly 100 years, rural Vermont has counted on free rural delivery of mail, and a local post office where people could send and receive packages, buy stamps and chat with neighbors.
But that could change. There’s currently a bill in the U.S. Senate that would make it legal to close post offices that don’t make money, and not many do.
People should no longer take their post offices for granted, said Diane Geoffroy, who retired as postmaster in Lowell two years ago.
Few rural post offices actually make a profit, or even break even, she said. Other efforts by the U.S. Postal Service also appear to be aimed at eliminating small post offices, she added…