Sunday, December 4, 2011

Post offices, banks, and tiny towns

It's sad to watch the little towns of America disappear. The place in New Mexico where I spent much of my childhood has gone from 2,000 or so to something around 900 now. And many tiny towns are frightened that they will lose their post offices, the last little dab of glue that allows towns a distinct identity.
As businesses flee, towns die. From the Hutchinson, Kan., newspaper, a little story about a business going away in a place that can't spare any commerce:
On Feb. 3, the Citizens Bank of Kansas in Turon, one of the town's only two remaining downtown business and a staple in the community for nearly 125 years, will close.

Read the whole thing here. It seems to me that when I was a kid you could buy savings stamps, kinda like low-denomination bonds, at the post office. Why not let post offices in tiny towns take on some banking functions? If customers could cash checks [lots of old or poor people don't want any truck with big banks and have no internet access or savvy], maybe pay bills, maintain savings accts, that kind of small-time financial transaction, it would give the post offices a little boost and provide a useful service to tiny-town denizens. I can't imagine that even the sleaziest bank would profess that the government was stealing business and socializing a private function. After all, the idea of the post office is to serve the public, isn't it?


Pilot said...

I think that the dismantling of the USPS will begin with some major sorting and distribution centers being closed with some questionable reassignments of personnel. Next will be 77983 and a plethora of communities that you mention, being victims. Pensions of sleazeball past congresspersons are untouched. Hell, pensions of druggie retired USPS employees remain intact, while Social Security benefits for their moms and dads are cut. All of these "occupiers", are just local wimps. What they need to do, is occupy D.C. Maybe just to prove they are in for the long haul, spill some blood at the hands of the feds.........You don't go home to the burbs at the end of the day if you are serious about a revolution......

Greg McReynolds said...

You're describing an English post office. They distribute social security, administer savings accounts, cash checks etc. They also tend to be contract businesses so often sell newspapers, coffee, etc.
Sounds like a good plan to me.