Congressman Dave Loebsack today wrote to Postmaster General Patrick Donahue in response to the announcement that over 175 post offices in Iowa could be closed. These closures could directly impact Henry County. Loebsack urged the Postmaster to reconsider the recommendations to close the Post Offices. Many of these Post Offices are located in Eastern and Southeastern Iowa and would make it difficult for seniors, rural residents and people with disabilities to access necessary postal services.
“While some people may think of their local Post Office as just a place to buy stamps or mail a package, many of Iowa’s seniors rely on the services provided at Post Office locations more often and use these locations as a gathering space or a place to meet up with old friends,” wrote Loebsack. “I hope you consider that Post Office closures also mean job loss, which is extremely worrisome given the current weak economy and high unemployment levels. I urge you to reconsider this decision given the effect it will have on residents and communities in my home state of Iowa.”
The offices in Henry County that could close include: