The U.S. Postal Service recently announced that 3700 post offices across the country would be shutting their doors soon.

Historian and former postal worker Philip Rubio responded with an op-ed in the Washington Post. He writes:

The proposed post office closures cut across urban, rural and suburban lines. . . . But post offices everywhere, whether retail or full service, are not just sources of jobs. Losing postal jobs and post offices means losing community.

Read the full article at the Washington Post site.

Yesterday, Rubio was a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to elaborate on what we lose when we lose our post offices and to respond to callers’ questions and comments. Listen to the podcast here or at the TotN site (transcript available at the TotN site, too).