Upstate left high and dry

Tom Galloway walks on a section of Lake Moultrie's bed right behind his house on Bonneau Beach on Monday. Galloway says he has not been able to use his pontoon boat in about two months.

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service was $3.5 billion in the red for the April through June period.

That's over $1 billion more than the post office lost in the same period a year ago.

The agency has been rocked by declining mail volume as people and businesses switch to the Internet for both personal messages and paying and sending bills.

To stem the losses, postal officials have proposed raising rates, cutting one day of mail delivery per week and eliminating advance payments for postal retiree health benefits.

Agency officials are concerned that the post office may not be able to pay all its bills at the end of the fiscal year in September.