Northwest in cross hairs of Post Office closures

PASADENA
- Northwest Pasadena and Altadena look to be bearing the brunt of
proposed closures to area U.S. Postal Service offices.

The
federal agency, which traces its origins back to the American
Revolution
, ran a $8.5 billion deficit last year.

During
the last five years, the number of items delivered by the Postal
Service
has dwindled by more than 43 billion items.

Call
it progress.

E-mails
have replaced printed letters as the primary method of
correspondence.

Credit
card and utility companies dole out discounts for customers who pay
their bills via the Internet.

However, working class minority communities utilize broadband access with less frequency than their affluent white counterparts, making it less
likely that residents in working class communities pay their bills
electronically.

Thus
the reaction by James Smith, vice president of the Pasadena-branch
NAACP during Tuesday’s Postal Service rally in Pasadena.

One
of the fundamental reasons the American Constitution was created was
for equal access,” Smith said.

How
does closing post offices in the working class, heavily minority
neighborhoods in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena
achieve equal access? 

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