I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the editor of Linn's Stamp News, Michael Baadke, in The Editor's Column, voiced his displeasure in the closing of the philatelic sales office in Providence, R.I. Although I don't collect new issues of U.S. stamps I had heard from others that the Providence office went the extra mile in serving collectors.
Baadke writes, in the June 13 issue of Linn's: "It remains unclear why, out of 574,000 career employees, the Postal Service was unable to allow one to continue operating a profitable service that created so much goodwill among its collector customers."
The USPS has been losing billions of dollars for the past few years: I'm sure the USPS considers one employee, in one philatelic office the least of its problems right now. Collectors will just have to bite the bullet and take their business elsewhere, according to a USPS spokesman. Suggested by the powers-that-be is the Kansas City Fulfillment Center.