Not long ago, I tried to stop by the post office at the seemingly reasonable hour of 2:30 PM, only to find it closed. But cutting down the opening hours apparently wasn’t enough; the Postal Service announced last week that it’s considering closing more than 10 percent of its 32,000 post offices, and 9 of those are in the Baltimore area (full list below).

Some Marylanders are rightfully nervous. Three of the proposed closures are in Northeast Baltimore (Waverly, Clifton East End, and Hamilton), meaning that that entire swath of Baltimore will be post office-less. Further afield, Smith Island might lose both its branches; Islanders would have to ferry nearly an hour away to pick up mail.

All is not necessarily lost, however; we’re in the midst of the 60-day comment period, so if you feel strongly, appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission. Or you can just shrug, send an email instead of a letter, and go about your daily business.

Proposed closures in the Baltimore area:
    Carroll (21229)
    Clifton East End (21213)
    Druid (21217)
    Franklin (21223)
    Hamilton (21214)
    Market Center (21201)
    Towson Town Center (21204)
    Walbrook (21216)
    Waverly (21218)