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?