(08/15/2011)
All five members of West Virginia's congressional delegation are opposing the closings of 150 post offices across the Mountain State.

Two Calhoun offices, Orma and Millstone, are on the closure list.

"Forcing rural communities in our state to make do with less is contrary to the spirit of the law, as well as the practical reality that rural areas depend more heavily on the Postal Service," the lawmakers wrote to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.

They told the Postmaster General that a local post office often is the only convenient option for people, especially for senior and low-income working people to send and receive mail, including paying bills, receiving monthly benefit checks and prescription medications.

The 150 West Virginia post offices on a list for closure are among 3,700 post offices nationwide that could be closed.

"Closing post offices is projected to save $200 million annually, while the deficit for the Postal Service is projected to be $8 billion in this year alone," said Congressman Nick Joe Rahall.

"I keep telling postal officials that no matter how hard they look, they are not going to find $8 billion in our little post offices," he said.

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