There are a lot of cost saving measures that the USPS is resisting. I too live in a rural area. For the first few years, we had a post office in a different county 9 miles away. They needed the extra addresses to stay open. As this was quite inconvenient and caused issues with voting and such, we were switched back to the closet p.o., 4 miles away. Now the farther Post Office is open with very limited hours, part time shall we say. We still go there on occasion, as their mail goes north to a sorting center and ours goes south. But it was a comprise to stay open and works just fine being open only a few hours a day. They should have eliminated Saturday delivery decades ago. They could also cut down another day or two of at home deliveries but be open at the post office. Many years ago they could have delivered newspapers, not the mailed kind, but the local kind. They go to just about every address, they could have saved the newspapers some delivery fees and added to their coffers. Now that option is just about gone with paper copies of newspapers becoming obsolete. They have started putting large boxes at the end of streets in suburban areas, they could do much more of that. It's also unreasonable that I can order stuff of ebay, from China or other countries near there, and get free shipping. Those countries should be paying more for US mail delivery. The epacket rate needs to be raised significantly, especially for China.