The announcement had hardly been made before the first protest was scheduled against the possible closure of a post office in Queens.
We sympathize with those who would be inconvenienced, but look, the world has changed tremendously since the U.S. Postal Service was written into the Constitution. It faces challenges from UPS, FedEx and especially email and the Internet. It’s losing money hand over fist. Something’s got to give.
One answer is the closure of some branches. Only five in Queens would shut down, two of them in the Rockaways. The last time the USPS eyed closures, 11 in the borough were on the chopping block, so it could be worse. Dozens of post offices throughout the borough will remain.
Change isn’t always easy, but this one is likely necessary. Something’s got to give.