Baucus plans townhall meeting in Ingomar with U.S. postmaster general

2012-04-06T14:30:00Z 2012-04-06T15:45:08Z Baucus plans townhall meeting in Ingomar with U.S. postmaster generalGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 06, 2012 2:30 pm  • 

Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., will host a community discussion on rural post office closures and area mail processing facility consolidations at 2 p.m. on Thursday in Ingomar.  

Ingomar Postmaster Coleen Robinson also will attend.

The meeting location has not been set.

"This is an important opportunity for folks in Ingomar and will help the Postmaster General better understand how his decisions will affect Montana. While the Postal Service must make some tough decisions to address its fiscal situation, communities being studied for closure rightly deserve to make their case," Baucus said.

Last August, Baucus stopped in for lunch at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar. Before long, community members from miles around joined him for an impromptu townhall discussion to share their concerns over U.S. Postal Service plans to shut down the post office in Ingomar.

"I'll never forget the passion and the urgency I heard from folks in Ingomar. It stuck with me and I believe that it will leave an impression on the Postmaster General. To a number cruncher in D.C., Ingomar might be just another line on a spreadsheet, but my hope is that folks in Montana have a fair shot at being heard and taken into account," Baucus said in a news release.

Baucus said it's critical for Donohoe to visit with community members in places like Ingomar before making decisions that would drastically impact service, jobs and a way of life.

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