Many people probably think post offices have gotten too much attention lately — after all, just days before the debt ceiling was set to expire, Congress spent some quality time naming post offices across the country. But one NYU literature professor, Steve Hutkins, thinks the imminent closure of 4,300 unprofitable post offices is a tragedy worth fighting for. He’s started a blog, Save the Post Office, where he obsessively updates a map of threatened branches. He even requested a leave of absence from his job to work on the blog. (Publish or they perish?)
Hutkins, who lives in a small Hudson Valley town where the local postal branch was on the chopping block, blames “greedy corporations” and outsourcing for the demise of the USPS’s vitality. “The Robber Barons are stealing the post office from the American people,” one recent post read. It’s an argument that will probably appeal to American people who haven’t been forced to wait in line at the post office lately.