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Postal service may shut down for winter
WGN ^ | Sep 5, 2011

Posted on 09/05/2011 3:54:28 PM PDT by KeyLargo

WGN

Postal service may shut down for winter

WGN News

3:03 PM CDT, September 5, 2011

Without emergency funding the postal service may have to shut down for the winter.

The U.S Postal Service faces a $9 billion dollar deficit.

The New York Times reports the agency doesn't have enough money to pay its bills and a $5.5 billion dollar payment is due this month.

Possible cost cutting measures include eliminating Saturday delivery, closing up to 3700 post offices and laying off 120,000 workers.

A congressional hearing on the matter is set for Tuesday.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: buildingregulators; closings; police; postalservice; postoffice; socialworkers; teachers; winter; workers
What's a post office?


1 posted on 09/05/2011 3:54:32 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

When you can’t pay your bills anymore, it might be an indication that you’ve been living a little too high on the hog.


2 posted on 09/05/2011 3:56:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Spreading fear isn't working for the 'RATS anymore so they've resorted to using threats.)
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To: KeyLargo

scare tactics


3 posted on 09/05/2011 3:57:46 PM PDT by badpacifist (All species have subspecies... in some species the subspecies appears to be the dominate one.)
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To: KeyLargo

“Possible cost cutting measures include eliminating Saturday delivery, closing up to 3700 post offices and laying off 120,000 workers.”

I’m sure this is the typical government agency scare story. It’s actually not that bad. 3,700 out of 31,000 post offices is just a little more than 1 out of 10. And we can live without Saturday delivery and hardly notice. I’m just surprised they didn’t come up with an angle that they would have to cut service to cute little kids. “Sorry. No more mail if you are a cute little kid! Ask your parents to raise their taxes.”

But if that’s the price of getting their revenue and income in balance—they should go for it.


4 posted on 09/05/2011 3:59:32 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: FlingWingFlyer

No more manned space program, no saturday mail delivery, some schools going to 4 days a week, and government is spending more than ever! Anyone ever wonder if we’re getting screwed?


5 posted on 09/05/2011 4:01:34 PM PDT by MNDude (Congratulations Jimmy Carter, you are no longer the worst President in History!)
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To: badpacifist

No scare, it’s just the internet adding another hide on its wall. Bookstores, record stores, the Post Office. The unintended consequences of technological progress.


6 posted on 09/05/2011 4:04:10 PM PDT by Pelham ("Resist we much!" - Al 'Jiffypop' Sharpton)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

7 posted on 09/05/2011 4:05:35 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: ModelBreaker

Just quit the Saturday delivery and STFU. Nobody cares anyway.


8 posted on 09/05/2011 4:06:21 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'm sticking with Herman. No more second terms!)
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To: badpacifist

Obama, Reid, McConnell, Pelosi and Boehner will bail them out. Mark my words.


9 posted on 09/05/2011 4:06:57 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: MNDude

Barry promised the “construction workers” (union thugs) today that he’ll put them back to work with more taxpayer dollars. He’s gonna print more money.


10 posted on 09/05/2011 4:07:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Spreading fear isn't working for the 'RATS anymore so they've resorted to using threats.)
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To: KeyLargo

US Postal services are essential for the minorities, women, and other under-represented segments of the population. Any effort to shut down the postal service will affect these people the most. /s


11 posted on 09/05/2011 4:07:51 PM PDT by paudio (The 0bama Downgrade Two (a possible sequel to the current horror movie))
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To: KeyLargo
The Postal Service MAY shut down?

How will we know? Are they going to send out notices? Wait. That wouldn't work. We wouldn't get them until Spring either way.

I don't know why we even have a mailbox.

12 posted on 09/05/2011 4:08:07 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

We never hear them cutting pension payments.. or managerial salaries.. or their union bureaucracy.. or


13 posted on 09/05/2011 4:10:47 PM PDT by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: Pelham
No scare, it’s just the internet adding another hide on its

"wall. Bookstores, record stores, the Post Office. The unintended consequences of technological progress."

“There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM. You don’t go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking at the gate. So all these things have created changes in the economy.” Barack Obama

14 posted on 09/05/2011 4:13:18 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: ModelBreaker
Charge more for junk mail than for first class--then the volume of mail to be delivered will drop 75%.

People can send packages UPS instead of using the USPS, but they can't use private companies for letters. If someone doesn't use the internet, he can't pay his bills online...if the bill is owed locally he can in theory pay in person, but what if the check has to be sent to another city? Put the payment in an envelope and then put the envelope in a box, in order to be able to use UPS?

15 posted on 09/05/2011 4:14:46 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: KeyLargo

Sounds like the “OH NOES” crisis of the moment, like the others before it.

Apply a free market principle: if it’s a good idea, it will succeed on its own in the real world without govt help.


16 posted on 09/05/2011 4:17:49 PM PDT by lurk
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To: KeyLargo

Shut down the Dept. of Education and all federal funding to states, counties and cities. Problem solved.


17 posted on 09/05/2011 4:18:59 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), Army NG, '89-' 96)
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To: KeyLargo
WHAT? No Saturday deliveries?!?




18 posted on 09/05/2011 4:23:10 PM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: Condor51

What, no “Newman” delivering my mail?


19 posted on 09/05/2011 4:30:01 PM PDT by Mr. Wright (is)
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To: KeyLargo
Let them ring once, it will cut down the ominous work load.


20 posted on 09/05/2011 4:34:33 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Condor51

“WHAT? No Saturday deliveries?!”
___________________________________

I never heard of Saturday delivery.
When did they start that?


21 posted on 09/05/2011 4:37:08 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: KeyLargo

did you guys ever hear about the Portland Ore mailman caught defecating on someones private lawn?.....not punished of course.


22 posted on 09/05/2011 4:52:52 PM PDT by cherry
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To: KeyLargo
STOP THE PENSIONS and the FRE HEALTH CARE!!!!

MOST of these people are LAZY.....I've had one good mailman...the rest were LAZY.

23 posted on 09/05/2011 4:53:36 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MNDude

PENSIONS is why we are screwed....PENSIONS!!!!!! NO ONE HAS PENSIONS EXCEPT what the US TAXPAYER PAYS FOZR!!


24 posted on 09/05/2011 4:54:57 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MNDude

yeah the postal system will try to pull what some schools are doing....cutting services by one day but not cutting payroll one cent...


25 posted on 09/05/2011 4:55:16 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Mr. Wright

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJtaVfAzp2s&feature=related

Seinfeld: The Best of Newman(S3-S9)


26 posted on 09/05/2011 4:58:47 PM PDT by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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To: Texas Eagle

You have a mailbox so that you can get junk mail...


27 posted on 09/05/2011 5:01:47 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: KeyLargo

You should see the raggedy flags flying at the post Offices in South KC. Disgraceful


28 posted on 09/05/2011 5:04:14 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: KeyLargo

No Christmas package deliveries? No Christmas cards? President Obama’s okay with that.


29 posted on 09/05/2011 5:05:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The liberal press applauded when the NY Times hacked Newt Gingrich's phone calls.)
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To: KeyLargo

I think it is a great idea to shut down the postal service.. Declare it bankrupt and then shut down all pensions and benefits. I absolutely hate to see a post office employee come into the Emergency Department where I work.. The work restriction form runs about 5 pages and is broken down into stuff like “Can sit for ______ minutes, stand for _____ minutes, can breathe ________ times a minute, can use right hand, left hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder,knee ankle (pick one), I exaggerate only slightly.. and, close out the workmans compensation case.........FORGET IT.... I AM PERMANENTLY PARALYZED !!!!


30 posted on 09/05/2011 5:06:30 PM PDT by contrarian (I am shocked to discover that there is wind and rain in a hurricane)
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To: KeyLargo

My post office does not deliver mail to my street. I have to go to the post office to pick up my mail.


31 posted on 09/05/2011 5:12:28 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Past Your Eyes

Hey, I count on getting those Netflix movies delivered on Saturday, man!/sarc...

I agree, just shut down Saturday delivery. I hardly ever send a paper letter, and I pay most bills online anyway.


32 posted on 09/05/2011 5:34:32 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: badpacifist

It’s picking the time of greatest impact - “give us more money or your grandkids won’t get Christmas presents you mail!”
Our city did a similar thing three years ago; citizens vote to roll back tax hike, suddenly there’s no money for the library and the Fourth of July festival, but all bureaucrats were fully employed.


33 posted on 09/05/2011 5:37:31 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: KeyLargo

34 posted on 09/05/2011 5:47:18 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Pelham

Yep. Other than some bills and junk mail, I don’t get anything thru the USPS any more. My own postage bill used to exceed easily $1K/year; once we began using email it went down to under $100/year.


35 posted on 09/05/2011 5:53:23 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: Texas Eagle

They won’t shut down. Members of Congress need them too much.


36 posted on 09/05/2011 5:56:37 PM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: KeyLargo

The Post Office isn’t going to shut down for winter. The post office is “losing” $3.5 billion per year because they have to pre-fund pensions and health programs $5.5 billion dollars per year.

That, Freepers, is a profit. This article, just like every article posted today, is crap. Scare tactics designed to get the USPS a bailout to make the Post Master General look good or something.

Math, Freepers, is our friend.


37 posted on 09/05/2011 5:57:48 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: KeyLargo
Postal service may shut down for winter

If only!

38 posted on 09/05/2011 6:46:13 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: KeyLargo

My mail woman had her raincoat on in the pouring rain, but was holding the bundle of mail for my street in her hand OUT in the rain. When she got to my house the bundle was wet pulp, so went I couldn’t even sign the delivery receipt. A real genius she was.


39 posted on 09/05/2011 6:57:39 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: KeyLargo

“Postal service may shut down for winter”

This is all a plot by a company called Blue Mountain.


40 posted on 09/05/2011 7:02:49 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: RummyChick

That’s him . . . .


41 posted on 09/05/2011 7:04:46 PM PDT by Mr. Wright (is)
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To: KeyLargo

“So all these things have created changes in the economy.” Barack Obama “

Proof that even a jug-eared squirrel can occasionally find an acorn.


42 posted on 09/05/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT by Pelham ("Resist we much!" - Al 'Jiffypop' Sharpton)
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To: Verginius Rufus

“Charge more for junk mail than for first class—then the volume of mail to be delivered will drop 75%.”

So too will revenue. Bulk mailing is probably very cost sensitive. It’s also cheaper to process than individual mail because it is bar coded and sorted by zip. I suspect they probably lose money if they double bulk mail rates.

And, mail delivery two or three times a week would give all of us 98% of the service we get with six times a week.

Or, they could fire a bunch of those people who are standing around behind the counter doing nothing when there are 20 people in line.


43 posted on 09/05/2011 8:09:50 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker

Just another example of how f***ed up any thing run by the government is. Especially if there is a Union involved.Example: only 3700 site to be shut down but that would eliminate 120,000 jobs. Just how many people are working at each site? Answer: about 32+.


44 posted on 09/05/2011 8:57:11 PM PDT by calex59
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To: KeyLargo
What many don't know is that the PO doesn't even deliver most of our governments mail.

The Dept of Commerce uses FedEx exclusively, even for letters.

Departments are allowed to subcontract and the PO lost out because they were so expensive.

The public unions will take the PO to its grave, can't be stopped.

If the PO couldn't eliminate Saturday delivery, that has been proposed for over 20 years, they are obviously unable to save themselves.

45 posted on 09/06/2011 12:52:26 PM PDT by gandalftb (11th MEU TRAP force)
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To: gandalftb
"they are obviously unable to save themselves. "

Yep.

So start bending over to assume the position.

46 posted on 09/06/2011 2:52:04 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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