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Broke U.S. Postal Service paying $2M for conference, golf, party
Washington Times ^ | 2/19/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley

Posted on 03/18/2013 2:55:15 AM PDT by Libloather

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To: Libloather

Well hell yeah they can afford this after they gutted our rural P.O.s forcing experienced postmasters into retirement and manning offices with know-nothing morons as clerks. Not to mention slashing hours in half so they are all closed when working people get off. Yes they really did a number on us glad the ones who got to keep the high paying job have no problem rewarding themselves on the savings.


51 posted on 03/18/2013 6:38:36 AM PDT by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: lucky american
"Junk mail is just that. Junk."

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When I complained to a postmaster about "junk mail", the reply was:

"We call that, 'REVENUE'"..."

Somewhere in there lies a problem...

52 posted on 03/18/2013 6:44:58 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: I want the USA back

Certainly never noticed that ~ it does have too many alcoholics at the top ~ typical of so terribly many industries, but in general it is recognized that the American people OWN USPS and that none of them are any more deserving of favor than anyone else ~ hence the kvetching all the time. Some people want to think of themselves as exclusive owners.


53 posted on 03/18/2013 6:53:59 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Gasshog

About 90% of the rural post offices serve no purpose that a rural letter carrier can’t serve. Best to close 28,000 of them as soon as possible.


54 posted on 03/18/2013 6:55:02 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: sodpoodle
Currently mail service in the USA is not government subsidized. In fact, 100% of the employee retirement funds are on loan to the government, and the USPS pays an extra $5 billion per year out of postage revenues to the government for nothing at all ~ just a sort of tribute folks who use the mail owe Obama and Congress.

If USPS could eliminate the problems inherent in being the biggest subsidizer of the US government, your mail service would probably change.

55 posted on 03/18/2013 6:58:16 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Libloather

Anyone remember when the PO sent hundreds of people to an all expense paid vacation to the Olympics?

Maybe one day, these POSs will be held accountable for these debilitating financial decisions.


56 posted on 03/18/2013 7:07:23 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: muawiyah

WOW!!! Thanks for that information.

So why are we criticizing the USPS??? Another reason the USPS should be privatized and removed from the Government’s theivery and tricky bookkeeping.

Union members are probably as ignorant as I;)


57 posted on 03/18/2013 7:30:33 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: muawiyah
Hmm ~ no defined benefit pensions for the retirees from the only federal government agency to actually set aside funds FOR those defined benefit pensions?

Yup. And the reason is simple, numerous businesses and state governments have been badly burned with defined benefits, only to get burned by later economic conditions, including investments that did not earn the optimistic rates of return assumed.

Note I said only for new hires. The folks who paid in would get what they were promised.

To take one of the closer approximations of the catastrophe defined benefits can cause to a shrinking business,Western Union went through very rocky financial times due to the decline in use of its primary products (telegrams), but a bunch of telegram operators to provide for in their retirement.

I know that USPS's pension is better funded, but long term, an undefined retirement benefit based on a fund consisting of employee's contributions is the the safer bet for successful operations. I do not see how an employee owned fund would be diverted to other gov ops, unless Obama or a similar successor decides to do it by fiat, which he could do with ANY benefit.
58 posted on 03/18/2013 7:48:57 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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To: Libloather

The muslims killed the post, internationally, with 9.11 and the anthrax attacks.

Just another reason for total eradication.


59 posted on 03/18/2013 7:50:25 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: muawiyah
Every one of them has a government credit card to charge their fees to and back to the taxpayer.
60 posted on 03/18/2013 7:56:28 AM PDT by bdfromlv (Leavenworth hard time)
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To: Libloather; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle
Broke U.S. Postal Service paying $2M for conference, golf, party


BUSTED!

61 posted on 03/18/2013 7:56:57 AM PDT by Gamecock ( If we distort the gospel, that distortion will influence and affect everything else that we believe)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
Knew the guy who carried the credit card for a couple of Universal Postal Union soirees ~ lotsa' bucks, but he didn't even attend.

Still, more money is spent at White House hamburger fries.

62 posted on 03/18/2013 8:12:37 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: bdfromlv
Who does? I suppose some government agency dependent on taxpayers has a booth but USPS doesn't have a single credit card that gets reimbursed by the taxpayers.

Currently the US government owes USPS several tens of billions of dollars. It's a huge amount really. Quit pleading poverty.

63 posted on 03/18/2013 8:14:30 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Dr. Sivana
Except for employee owned thrift savings accounts (gub'mnt 401(k)type plans) Obama and his running dog lackeys may, by law, BORROW all the government employee retirement funds, and they have done so already.

That S... HAS GOTTA' STOP!

64 posted on 03/18/2013 8:19:04 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: snoringbear

It is a Constitutional issue, as the Fed has the control over the mail system. We are screwed.


65 posted on 03/18/2013 9:05:58 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Libloather

BTTT


66 posted on 03/18/2013 9:10:47 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: sodpoodle

“So why are we criticizing the USPS???”

Maybe because they just reported a record loss of $15.9 billion for fiscal year 2012 and should be cutting costs.


67 posted on 03/18/2013 9:17:34 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: muawiyah
That S... HAS GOTTA' STOP!

Every morning I wake up and turn on Drudge and FR and read the daily news. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THIS IS GOING TO END.
68 posted on 03/18/2013 9:39:46 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
They just reported a loss caused by Congressional inaction. USPS is not allowed to cut costs!

At the same it cannot raise postage rates to cover costs.

That's a recipe for disaster.

At the same time Obama has borrowed the postal worker's retirement funds to finance his golf outings.

The Postal Forum is a private organization which is not part of USPS.

69 posted on 03/18/2013 9:56:13 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: BarnacleCenturion

This is a good site. Solving the problems of the USPS will take a genius.

http://www.allgov.com/departments/independent-agencies/united-states-postal-service?agencyid=7284


70 posted on 03/18/2013 11:30:40 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: snoringbear

Why not privatize?

Amend the constitution.


71 posted on 03/18/2013 6:52:06 PM PDT by Peet (Notice: Due to the high price of ammo, there will be NO warning shots.)
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To: Fresh Wind
If the USPS doesn’t fix their tracking system, they’re going to lose the rest of their package shipping business.

That is already in the works. USPS is going to have a new tracking sticker on every parcel soon. In addition, there are bluetooth phone/scanner systems being tested right now. What I've read lately is the package deliveries are up 12-15 some-odd percent over last year.

72 posted on 03/19/2013 3:22:17 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Senator_Blutarski

Please see my previous post.


73 posted on 03/19/2013 3:23:29 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Peet

“Why not privatize?”
“ Amend the constitution.”

Ok. :)


74 posted on 03/19/2013 3:40:58 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Big Giant Head

Well, they’d better get their backsides in gear.

What I have seen recently that the information in the tracking window changes over time. So, it looks like someone is going into the system and editing the information. That doesn’t give me a lot of confidence.

I’ve never seen that happen with UPS or FedEx. And their status is updated almost instantly, not 6 or 8 hours later.

And several time recently, I have had packages delivered, and the tracking never, ever reflected that status.

With one recent shipment, the tracking is telling me that the package has been sitting in a post office facility in Burbank, CA for almost a week. The recipient isn’t screaming, so I assume it was already delivered days ago.


75 posted on 03/19/2013 5:07:46 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Our system right now is outdated. We do not have instant upload of delivery confirmation. It must wait until the carrier returns to the post office and plugs in the scanner tray. The bluetooth phones are supposed to fix this, allowing instant upload or within just a few minutes.

Often, the scan labels get bashed enroute. If it won’t scan, we punch in the numbers manually. sometimes they’re illegible as well, and there’s not a thing we can do about it. Sometimes they arrive looking like that. You’ll NEVER get a ship confirmation if the label is trashed. shippers often wrap them around corners, around round things, cover them with tape, or they use cheap printer ink for the labels that run off if they get a drop of rain on it. These are things the USPS has no control over.

FedEx uploads very fast. I was checking a delivery status with them once, when they pulled up. Great! I received the package, and went back to my computer. By the time I sat down, it already confirmed delivery. Maybe two minutes max. That’s what I want the post office to be able to do. Can’t wait.


76 posted on 03/20/2013 7:02:45 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Big Giant Head
You’ll NEVER get a ship confirmation if the label is trashed. shippers often wrap them around corners, around round things, cover them with tape, or they use cheap printer ink for the labels that run off if they get a drop of rain on it. These are things the USPS has no control over.

Sure, shippers have to use a little common sense.

But the USPS specifically tells you not to tape over the bar codes on printed labels.

The USPS is pushing "click it and ship it" (with a discount) either directly or through eBay. Millions of people are using ink jet printed shipping labels. Obviously, opaque tape is a bad idea. What about clear tape to protect the label? Why won't they say that's OK to use? Or isn't it? WTF?

77 posted on 03/20/2013 9:53:24 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Some tape will work fine. Like clear packing tape seems to not be a problem. But if you make 27 lines of scotch tape it seems to not work so well. No duct tape either!

If you have a good quality print, you can put tape over it and it seems to work ok, but if you’re almost out of ink, it may never scan with or without tape.

I get annoyed with parcels that have the bar code crossing the crease line where the box flaps close together. The bar code will flex, obliterating one of the bars, or more, and often the number right below it along the crease line. This seems to happen most often to packages going to houses along the busiest sections of the highest speed part of the highway. I get to sit dangerously along side the highway, punching in number after number to see what got obliterated, taking a two second operation into a two minute death defying ordeal. Or more.

Smaller print is better than bigger print for fitting the bar code on a flat part of the cardboard. The new labels for parcels that will be printed by the USPS are all small, like two inches long by one inch tall, something like that. This will help immensely. Every parcel will soon have these, regardless the method of shipping, parcel post, priority, etc.


78 posted on 03/21/2013 3:43:20 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Big Giant Head

Thanks for the information!

As I said, common sense is a necessary ingredient.

Anything I can do to make your job easier makes me look better too. That’s a win-win for everybody.

Please don’t take my comments the wrong way. Over the years, the service I have gotten from the USPS has been nothing short of outstanding.

That includes the letter carrier who knocked on my door one day to tell me that UPS had deposited a package at a side door that I rarely used, and the package was sitting out there in the pouring rain.


79 posted on 03/21/2013 4:04:24 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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