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Thomas R. Carper
Post office closings: Necessary but insufficient
Post office closings: Necessary but insufficient

Ten Baltimore area post offices are at risk of closing. They are among 41 in Maryland and 3,700 nationwide that the Postal Service says it can no longer afford to operate, either because they don't have enough patrons or are located near another post office. That's sad news to those who rely on one of them for services or a sense of community. But the sadder news is that as necessary as the Postal Service's announcement was this week, it was also wholly insufficient. The postal service stands on its own — it does not rely on taxpayer funds, and in a time when technology and competition from private delivery services are cutting into its business, it is in a severe...