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Rally to support Douglas Post Office set

Posted: March 26, 2012 - 11:11pm
A customer enters the Douglas Post Office on Monday. There will be a rally in support of the Douglas Post Office at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas Depot.  Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
A customer enters the Douglas Post Office on Monday. There will be a rally in support of the Douglas Post Office at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas Depot.

Supporters of Douglas Island’s post office are holding a rally to save the facility as the end of a five-month reprieve from closure of the facility nears.

Congress has until May 15 to adjust the U.S. Post Office’s budget before the mail carrier makes a final decision on the closures.

The proposed Douglas closure, accompanied planned shutterings across the country at many other small offices or those in cities with multiple locations, and were sparked by huge deficits at the federal postal service. After objections from state and U.S. senators and the public, many of the postal locations in Alaska were spared — save Douglas and some military post offices.

Juneau residents have said they feel their testimony went unheeded.

“We feel the Douglas community and businesses will suffer a great loss by the closure of our Post Office,” Douglas Advisory Board Member Kay Pusich said. “We want the Delegation in Washington, D.C. and the postmaster general to understand how important the Post Office is to our residents.”

The Douglas facility provides valuable services and civic unity, Pusich said.

“We believe the Federal Building Post Office has inadequate parking to take on the additional services,“ Pusich said. “The Douglas Post Office has been the heart of our community and it is our hope that the rally will send the message — save our Post Office.”

The Douglas Advisory Board and City and Borough of Juneau are hosting the rally.

The rally is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Douglas Depot parking lot.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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