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  • The Coming Postal Bailout:Congress wants taxpayers to save mail worker pensions(but not you or me)

    05/15/2011 6:54:36 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    wsj ^ | 5-14-11
    One thing we'll say about federal bailouts—if you pay attention, you can usually see them coming a mile away. It was true of Fannie Mae and General Motors, and it's increasingly clear that the next candidate will be the U.S. Postal Service. The odds of a multibillion-dollar rescue package went way up this week when Postal Service management reported a $2.2 billion loss for the first quarter, more than 25% higher than last year despite the economic recovery. It now appears that the $15 billion line of credit the feds have offered USPS will be used up by the end...
  • Church, State, and the Postal Service: The Contentious History of Sunday Mail Delivery

    05/13/2011 7:35:28 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 5 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 5/12/2011 | Michael Peabody
    The delivery of mail on Sundays in the United States has a fascinating history, and most people do not know that until 1912, the Postal Service routinely delivered mail on Sundays. It was only under pressure from religious and labor organizations that the USPS gradually transitioned to the now-familiar Monday through Saturday schedule. ... Between its inception in 1775 and 1912, postal employees delivered mail seven (7) days a week. In the early 1800s, religious leaders became concerned that employees were forced to work on the “Christian Sabbath,” or Sunday, and began to petition Congress to use its Article I...
  • U.S. Post (Office) has $2.2 billion loss, warns of Sept insolvency

    05/10/2011 3:36:03 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 130 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2011 | Emily Stephenson
    The U.S. Postal Service posted a $2.2 billion net loss in its second quarter and said it might be unable to pay its debts by September. The agency, which has been battling falling mail volumes and competition from FedEx (FDX.N) and United Parcel Service (UPS.N), said it expects to hit its borrowing limit by the September 30 end of the fiscal year, and will have to default on payments to the federal government unless Congress intervenes. "The Postal Service continues to seek changes in the law to enable a more flexible and sustainable business model," said Chief Executive Patrick Donahoe...
  • Savings from 5-day mail delivery overstated (Postal Service lost only $8.5 billion last year)

    03/27/2011 8:40:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies · 1+ views
    KXLF ^ | 3/25/11
    Savings from 5-day mail delivery overstatedPosted: Mar 25, 2011 4:09 PM by CBS News WASHINGTON - The Postal Service overstated its potential savings from eliminating Saturday delivery, a proposal that would slow delivery of about 1 in 4 letters, the independent Postal Regulatory Commission said Thursday. The post office lost $8.5 billion last year and is seeking ways to cut costs, including its proposal to end Saturday mail. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said that despite the report he would continue supporting the idea, which must be approved by Congress. Donahoe also announced a series of other savings Thursday that...
  • APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

    03/14/2011 4:48:52 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    The American Postal Workers Union ^ | March 14, 2011 | The American Postal Workers Union
    The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, union President Cliff Guffey announced today. “Despite the fact that the Postal Service is on the edge of insolvency, the union and management have reached an agreement that is a ‘win-win,’ proposition,” he said.“Throughout the bargaining process, the union has sought to negotiate a contract that would be fair to our members and that would enable the USPS to succeed in the future,” he said.  “The tentative agreement accomplishes those goals. “The new contract will safeguard jobs, protect retirement and healthcare...
  • Tyranny of the U.S. Post Office

    01/31/2011 5:24:58 PM PST · by ChocChipCookie · 60 replies
    vanity | January 31, 2011 | ChocChipCookie
    Can a U.S. Post Office refuse mail that has been metered in a neighboring town? Tonight my husband needed to get something postmarked by today, the end of the month, and the only post office with later closing hours was one in Glendale (Arizona). Now, we live in the metro Phoenix area where one city melts into another and use this Post Office whenever it's the most convenient. Well, the Post Office employee gave him a hard time because his envelopes (6 of them) had a Peoria, AZ meter mark. She said, "This is a GLENDALE Post Office," and continued...
  • L.I. Mailman Stole 7,000 J.C. Penny Discount Coupons, Sold Them on eBay

    01/28/2011 1:21:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 1/28/11
    A Long Island mail carrier is accused of pinching thousands of discount coupons intended for residents' mailboxes. Police accuse 38-year-old Thomas Tang of Baldwin of stealing more than 7,000 J.C. Penny discount coupons he was supposed to deliver to the department store's customers. Police say Tang then sold the coupons on eBay.
  • Postal Service Eyes Closing Thousands of Post Offices .

    01/24/2011 12:28:06 PM PST · by Justaham · 116 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-24-11 | JENNIFER LEVITZ
    The U.S. Postal Service plays two roles in America: an agency that keeps rural areas linked to the rest of the nation, and one that loses a lot of money. Now, with the red ink showing no sign of stopping, the postal service is hoping to ramp up a cost-cutting program that is already eliciting yelps of pain around the country. Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. In addition, it is reviewing...
  • U.S. Postal Service to close 2,000 post offices

    01/24/2011 8:16:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 84 replies
    U.S. Postal Service to close 2,000 post officesBy Dow Jones Newswires-Wall Street Journal Posted today at 7:13 a.m. With red ink showing no sign of stopping, the U.S. Postal Service is hoping to ramp up a cost-cutting program that is already eliciting yelps of pain around the country. Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. In addition, it is reviewing another 16,000 — half of the nation’s existing post offices — that are...
  • Natural Selection: Can The Postal Service Escape Extinction?

    01/18/2011 3:34:44 PM PST · by neverhome · 58 replies
    Burkhart's Blog ^ | 01.18.11 | Alan Burkhart
    The US Postal Service has been bleeding money for a number of years and revenue shortfalls are in the billions. While no one I know is predicting immediate collapse, the obvious fact is that the Postal Service is becoming outmoded. Why would I bother with "snail-mail" when I can just send an e-mail and know that the recipient will have the correspondence within seconds instead of one to three days? From what I've seen, most younger people use the Postal Service far less than older Americans. I'm no spring chicken, but I pay all of my regular bills electronically. I've...
  • Postal Service OIG Discovers $75 Billion Overpayment, Again

    01/11/2011 5:13:33 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 22 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | January 4, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Will Obamacare Go Up In Flames Too?- By: Larry Walker, Jr. -"You've got a lot of private companies who do very well competing against the government -- UPS and FedEx are doing a lot better than the Post Office." ~ Barack Obama (Aug. 2009)According to an article posted on, on June 28, 2010, the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (OIG) discovered that the Postal Service had made a $75 billion overpayment to the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). However, the same problem had already been reported by the OIG back in April of 2004. Apparently nothing...
  • 40th president gets stamp for Reagan Centennial

    12/14/2010 7:56:33 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 1+ views
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – An image of President Ronald Reagan graces the U.S. Postal Service's newest 44-cent stamp.
  • Postal worker arrested after delivering mail naked

    12/14/2010 12:23:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies · 9+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 14, 2010
    WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin postal carrier says he simply wanted to cheer up a woman on his rounds who seemed "stressed out" when he decided to deliver mail in the buff. But upon further review, the worker told police that delivering mail while completely naked probably wasn't a good idea.
  • Postal Worker Gets 2.5 Years In Prison For Theft

    11/30/2010 10:18:27 PM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    CBS4Denver ^ | 11/30/2010 | Rick Sallinger
    DENVER- A former Denver-area postal worker who stole more than 11,000 packages and sold the items for more than $85,000 has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison... The items included DVDs, CDs and lingerie from Victoria's Secret. Authorities say Schmauder sold most of the items to a store in Littleton. "A number of people in the public in the Littleton area were complaining they weren't receiving their packages,"... Scmauder was allowed to walk out of court Tuesday but will have to report to prison soon. He almost didn't get to walk out when he got into a shouting...
  • Postal Service Reduced to Delivering it's Own Junk Mail

    11/19/2010 9:22:26 AM PST · by 1raider1 · 17 replies
    Just got my mail and it was junk mail from the Postal Service advertising for their flat rate mailers. It's so sad to see the once great U. S. Post Office reduced to this.
  • Red ink for post office: $8.5B lost last year

    11/12/2010 3:22:43 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 32 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | Nov. 12, 2010 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Postal Service said Friday it lost $8.5 billion last year despite deep cuts of more than 100,000 jobs and other reductions in recent years. The post office had estimated it would lose $6 billion to $7 billion, but a sharp decline in mail took a toll. Increased use of the Internet and the recession, which cut advertising and other business mail, meant less money for the agency. For the year ending Sept. 30, the post office had income of $67.1 billion, down $1 billion from the previous fiscal year. Expenses totaled $70 billion, a decline of...
  • 2 Postal Workers Shot Dead in Tennessee

    10/18/2010 7:27:09 PM PDT · by Doogle · 14 replies
    AP via FOX ^ | 10/18/10 | AP via FOX
    HENNING, Tenn. -- Two gunmen opened fire Monday at a post office in a rural southern town that was home to "Roots" author Alex Haley, killing two workers during an attempted robbery. The shooting happened Monday morning at the one-story, brick building in the town of Henning, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said. District Attorney Mike Dunavant said Monday afternoon that authorities were looking for a vehicle but would not elaborate except to say the case involved "disturbing violence."
  • Postal Service rate hike denied

    09/30/2010 8:32:56 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 27 replies ^ | September 30, 2010 | Jeff Clabaugh
    The U.S. Postal Service is losing billions of dollars a year, but its regulator has denied a requested postal rate increase, saying the Postal Service failed to justify it. The Postal Service had sought a rate increase on mailings averaging 5.6 percent, well above its statutory price cap, which is tied to the consumer price index. “The commission finds that the Postal Service has shown the recent recession to be an exigent circumstance, but it failed both to quantify the impact of the recession on its finances and to show how its rate request relates to the resulting loss of...
  • Postal Service Executives get Extra Perks (while Postal Service drowns in red ink)

    09/28/2010 11:09:30 AM PDT · by Qbert · 24 replies ^ | 9/27/2010 | Emily Long
    More than 800 U.S. Postal Service executives receive health insurance coverage at no cost, in just one example of the excess and mismanagement that's costing the agency $800 million annually, according to a Republican lawmaker. A USPS inspector general report released last week in response to requests from Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, found the Postal Service pays the full health insurance premiums for 835 Postal Career Executive Service employees, OIG directors and Senior Executive Service members, a perk not available to other federal workers. Fifteen members of the Postal Regulatory Commission receive this benefit, according to PRC spokesman Norman Scherstrom....
  • With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes Mother Teresa (Did you get yours yet?)

    08/26/2010 3:39:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USPS>com ^ | 08-26-10 |
    Mother TeresaWith this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes Mother Teresa, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. Noted for her compassion toward the poor and suffering, Mother Teresa, a diminutive Roman Catholic nun and honorary U.S. citizen, served the sick and destitute of India and the world for nearly 50 years. Her humility and compassion, as well as her respect for the innate worth and dignity of humankind, inspired people of all ages and backgrounds to work on behalf of the world’s poorest populations.Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian, was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on...
  • New Zealand: Where the Words ‘Profit’ and ‘Postal Service’ Belong in the Same Sentence

    08/20/2010 9:49:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 20, 2010 | Tom Morgan
    There must be some mistake. Our Postal Service announced in early August it is hemorrhaging at the rate of $14 billion this year. So disappointing. On the same day, the New Zealand postal system announced its disappointing results. It will earn profits of only $72 million for 2010. Disappointing because they are down a few million from last year. Did you ever expect to see the words “profits” and “postal system” appear in the same sentence? If this is not enough to capture your attention, let us do some conversions. The $72 million New Zealand dollars are equal to about...
  • USPS posts $3.5 billion loss as mail volume plunges

    08/05/2010 9:41:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 165 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | August 5, 2010 | Hibah Yousuf
    The U.S. Postal Service reported a $3.5 billion loss in its most recent quarter Thursday, as mail volume plummets and retiree health care costs mount. The USPS, a self-supporting government agency that receives no tax dollars, said operating revenue declined 1.8% to $16 billion during the fiscal 2010 third quarter compared to a year earlier, while operating expenses spiked 4.2% to $19.5 billion. The quarterly loss was the fourteenth in the last sixteen quarters, the postal service said. "A significant portion of USPS losses in the past few years has been due to an unprecedented decline in mail volume...
  • Thoughts about USPS....

    07/24/2010 6:04:21 PM PDT · by MrPiper · 23 replies · 6+ views
    Me | 07.34.2010 | Me
    True story.. I work for the USPS as a mechanic... I fix and PM the machines that handle your mail. I am not a member of the union. I'm transferring to another mail handling plant. Long story short,,, I took a job paying 50K because I passed a test for the USPS.The test has changed to allow custodians to pass the test. Now anyone with common sense, but no real mechanical training can pass the test.I put in for a transfer to my hometown. On my second to the last day,,(before moving) a black custodian said: " If I was...
  • Heroic Mailman Saves 3 Lives While on the Job

    07/20/2010 7:28:52 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    FOXNews ^ | July 20, 2010 | AP story
    Keith McVey is no ordinary mailman. He finished his afternoon deliveries, betraying no sign that anything out of the ordinary had occurred save for the blood on his uniform and the cut on his lip. Back at the post office, he was greeted with cries of disbelief: "Did you hear? Keith saved another life today." McVey now can't walk down the street without being honked at by passing cars filled with admirers -- or, apparently, without saving a life. "He's a rock star in our eyes," says Tina Starosto, a receptionist at King Apartments, where a sign declaring "Keith Our...
  • 46 cents to mail a letter; post office asking 2-cent rate increase to fight financial crisis

    07/07/2010 12:24:48 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 87 replies · 3+ views
    Baltimore Sun>Business ^ | July 6, 2010 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Buy those Forever stamps now. The cost of mailing a letter is going up again. Fighting to survive a deepening financial crisis, the Postal Service said Tuesday it wants to increase the price of first-class stamps by 2 cents — to 46 cents — starting in January. Other postage costs would rise as well. The agency's persisting problem: ever-declining mail volume as people and businesses shift to the Internet and the declining economy reduces advertising mail. The Postal Service faces a serious risk of financial insolvency," postal vice president Stephen M. Kearney said, an indication that without...
  • Post office plans to announce new rate increase

    07/06/2010 5:37:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2010 | Randolph E. Schmid
    Battered by massive losses, the Postal Service wants to raise rates to bring in more money. Postal officials scheduled a briefing Tuesday to discuss the amount of the increase, which will go to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for review. The boost comes as no surprise. Postmaster General John Potter said March 2 that a rate increase would be necessary for the agency, which does not receive tax funds for its operations. The current 44-cent first-class rate took effect May 11, 2009. While that change will be the most visible, rates for other types of mail will also go...
  • Sides Form Over Threat to Saturday Mail Service

    07/05/2010 9:11:14 PM PDT · by UAConservative · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 5, 2010 | Yeganeh J. Torbati
    WASHINGTON — As federal regulators consider a proposal to cut most Saturday postal deliveries, the business community is sharply divided about the consequences of switching to five-day service. Some, like Donald J. Hall Jr., chief executive of Hallmark Cards, said that eliminating Saturday delivery and raising prices even incrementally would drive more business away from the United States Postal Service, resulting in a “slippery slope.” But others, like Andrew Rendich, the chief service and DVD operations officer at Netflix, said five-day delivery would be a better alternative to significantly higher postal rates. “Big rate increases will absolutely squash business and...
  • Oldest US postal worker retires in Calif. at 95

    06/30/2010 5:03:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies
    hosted ^ | Jun 30
    REDLANDS, Calif. - It wasn't snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night that stopped Chester Arthur Reed from his appointed round. The mail handler just felt it was time to call it quits at age 95. The fork lift operator retired Wednesday as the nation's oldest postal worker, ending a career without taking a single sick day. It's a feat he attributes to a healthy diet of watermelon, alkaline water and an onion sandwich with mayo every day....
  • Dog bites man—4.7 million times a year

    06/04/2010 2:24:30 PM PDT · by kanawa · 40 replies · 458+ views ^ | June 3, 2010 | Staff
    Mail carriers are scrambling in Scranton this spring after seven dog bite attacks—the most in recent memory. Letter carrier Lyn Sottile was bitten by a chocolate Labrador that ran through an invisible fence, bit her leg and punctured the can of mace she carries. The injury took her off the route for a week, according to local news reports. Postal workers are victims of only some of the more than 4.7 million dog bites annually. Each year 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of them children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and...
  • Exposing Corruption At US Postal Service

    05/31/2010 4:23:09 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 46 replies · 1,407+ views
    Black Star News ^ | 5-30-2010 | Eric L. Wattree
    The time has come for postal employees to start flexing their political muscle. The record is clear. The United States Postal Service has been abusing, bullying, and robbing their employees blind --through forced unpaid labor-- all over the country for years now, and with complete impunity. So it's time for both Postmaster General John E. Potter and Inspector General David C. Williams to go. By overlooking the blatant corruption that has been clearly evidenced on their watch, they could both easily be charged with malfeasance at the very least. The U.S. Postal Service is, literally, running a modern day plantation...
  • US Postal Service nets $1.9 bln loss at mid-year

    05/06/2010 12:23:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies · 488+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/6/10 | Jasmin Melvin
    The U.S. Postal Service said on Thursday it posted a loss of $1.9 billion in the first half of fiscal 2010, and renewed pleas for regulatory changes that it believes will save the agency billions of dollars. The Postal Service, which delivers nearly half the world's mail, was hit by the global recession that led to unprecedented drops in mail volume. But the increased popularity of email and competition from FedEx (FDX.N), United Parcel Service (UPS.N) and other delivery services have long been adding to the agency's financial challenges. Some 88.1 billion pieces of mail were delivered in the six...
  • GAO: Postal Service business 'not viable'

    04/12/2010 1:27:41 PM PDT · by bamahead · 94 replies · 1,827+ views
    WaPo ^ | April 12, 2010 | Ed O'Keefe
    Happy Monday! The U.S. Postal Service's current business model "is not viable" and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations, according to a draft of a government audit acquired by The Federal Eye. -SNIP- Potter and his colleagues estimate the Postal Service will lose a record $7 billion in the fiscal year that ends in September and could lose at least $238 billion in the next decade if Congress fails to act. Auditors appeared to push beyond the USPS proposal. "If no action is taken, risks of larger USPS...

    04/09/2010 10:47:24 AM PDT · by misharu · 68 replies · 2,466+ views
    Eyesight | 04/08/2010 | misharu
    We have a new postal carrier who started a few weeks ago delivering mail. I have seen her park in a neighbors driveway several times and wondered why she was doing that. Today as I was working from home I saw her park in the driveway, open the gate to the yard, walk in and come back out with some sort of light -- like a torchier. (That was her second trip. I didn't have a good vantage point for the first trip.) So what!? you may ask -- the house is up for sale and has sat empty for...
  • Cancel the post office -- Bumbling agency will lose a quarter-trillion by decade's end

    03/31/2010 5:45:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 92 replies · 1,285+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2010
    The postman won't even ring once on weekends. In a desperate attempt to trim costs, the U.S. Postal Service is cutting off your Saturday service. This move is too little, too late for one of the federal government's most bloated and incompetent bureaucracies. Yesterday, the Postal Service formally asked federal regulators for permission to move to a five-day delivery schedule. This reduction in service, the bureaucrats claim, will save $2 billion to $3 billion a year. While that big number might sound impressive, this supposedly "self-supporting" government agency has a long way to go. The post office is projected to...
  • Postal Service Moves Toward Five-Day Delivery

    03/24/2010 4:43:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies · 541+ views
    AP/WSJ ^ | March 24, 2010
    The Postal Service took the first formal step Wednesday toward cutting mail delivery to five days a week. The postal governing board agreed to ask the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for an opinion on dropping Saturday delivery. That request goes to the commission next week. Under the proposal, mail delivery to homes and businesses and mail collection from blue mailboxes would be limited to Monday through Friday. However, post offices that are now open on Saturdays would remain open, and Express Mail delivery service would still be available seven days a week.
  • Why the US Postal Service is Destined to Fail

    03/04/2010 7:45:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies · 1,069+ views
    Minyanville ^ | 03/04/2010 | Jarrod Dicker
    “Because the mail never stops. It just keeps coming and coming and coming. There's never a letup, it's relentless. Every day it piles up more and more, but the more you get out, the more it keeps coming. And then the bar code reader breaks. And then it's Publisher's Clearinghouse day!” -- Newman, on Seinfeld --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The mail never stops? With an estimated 10 billion “piece” volume decrease for the United States Postal Service expected in 2010, Newman may have to start applying for a new gig. Faced by overpowering competition in the private sector and feverishly amassing debt, the...
  • Postal Service Revives Cutback Plans

    03/03/2010 2:08:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 440+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 2, 2010 | Liz Robbins
    Faced with growing deficits and rapid erosion of its business, the United States Postal Service on Tuesday reintroduced proposals to cut costs, close post offices, raise rates and eliminate some services, most notably Saturday mail delivery. The service said that without drastic changes, it would run deficits of $238 billion over the next decade, according to studies it commissioned from outside consultants. But eliminating Saturday delivery would take an act of Congress — something that would seem unlikely in an election year. Still, the postmaster general, John E. Potter, stressed the urgency of the financial crisis in Washington in a...
  • Postal Service's emerging model: Never on Saturday (More reason for no Obamacare)

    03/03/2010 3:12:50 AM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 18 replies · 663+ views
    World Magazine, re-printing an AP Press Writer ^ | March 2, 2010 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The post office is renewing its drive to drop Saturday delivery - and plans a rate increase - in an effort to fend off a projected $7 billion loss this year. Without drastic action the agency could face a cumulative loss of $238 billion over 10 years, Postmaster General John Potter said in releasing a series of consultant reports on agency operations and its outlook.
  • USPS to propose 5-day mail schedule, major cuts

    03/02/2010 6:29:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 94 replies · 1,689+ views
    Yahoo ^ | March 2, 2010 | Annalyn Censky
    Snail mail might soon get even slower. The U.S. Postal Service plans to propose Tuesday an adjusted mail service schedule, which will likely cut Saturday delivery. The agency will also suggest closing some branches and expanding its use of self-service kiosks in grocery stores and other popular retail spots, as part of its effort to work its way out of a mountain of debt. USPS posted a $3.8 billion loss in its 2009 fiscal year, the latest in a multiyear string of whopping losses.
  • White House, Congress resist Postal Service goal of cutting delivery days

    02/16/2010 6:07:06 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 32 replies · 563+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/16/10 | Joe Davidson
    Mail volume in the United States has fallen off a cliff in recent years. It has dropped so sharply that U.S. Postal Service officials have pleaded with Congress to allow a cut in delivery days from six to five. It's been a hard sell. Politicians are reluctant. Although polling data show that the public is willing to accept five-day delivery, people who count on votes for their livelihood are not at all eager to cut back on a service so basic, so trusted and so needed as the U.S. mail. Count President Obama among that number. His proposed budget for...
  • Atheist Group Blasts Postal Service for Mother Teresa Stamp

    01/28/2010 11:02:50 AM PST · by ColdOne · 68 replies · 915+ views ^ | January 28, 2010 | Diane Macedo
    An atheist organization is blasting the U.S. Postal Service for its plan to honor Mother Teresa with a commemorative stamp, saying it violates postal regulations against honoring "individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings." The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp -- and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the word about what it calls the "darker side" of Mother Teresa. The stamp -- set to be released on Aug. 26, which would have been Mother Teresa's 100th birthday -- will recognize the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner for...
  • President Obama puts the Postal Service in charge of dispensing bio-terror drugs

    12/30/2009 8:36:10 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 69 replies · 2,370+ views
    NBC News ^ | 12/30/2009
    WASHINGTON - If the nation ever faces a large-scale attack by a biological weapon like anthrax, the U.S. Postal Service will be in charge of delivering whatever drugs and other medical aid Americans would need to survive. In an executive order released Wednesday, President Barack Obama put the Postal Service in charge of dispensing "medical countermeasures" to biological weapons because of its "capacity for rapid residential delivery." While most likely unrelated, the release of the executive order comes less than a week after a man with alleged ties to al-Qaida tried to bring down a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner. In recent...
  • Postal Service Employees Owed $300M in Taxes, IRS Data Shows

    12/14/2009 2:46:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies · 908+ views
    Fox ^ | 12/14/09 | staff
    The U.S. Postal Service has more tax delinquents in its ranks than any other federal agency or department, according to Internal Revenue Service data. Maybe their tax payments got lost in the mail. The U.S. Postal Service turns out to have more tax delinquents in its ranks than any other federal agency or department, according to the Internal Revenue Service. IRS statistics from 2008 detailing the amount of money federal workers failed to pay the government in taxes showed postal service employees owed $297.93 million -- nearly 10 percent of the $3.04 billion owed by federal employees and retirees from...
  • Postal Service May Nuke Saturday Delivery

    11/20/2009 6:07:14 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 1,142+ views ^ | Nov. 20, 2009 | Dan Weil
    After losing more than $11 billion over the past three years, the U.S. Postal Service may eliminate Saturday delivery. The growth of alternative delivery services, particularly Email, and the recession that began last year have cut into the quasi-governmental agency’s revenue. It delivered 13 percent less mail -- 26 billion fewer pieces – in the year ended Sept. 30 than in the previous year. The Postal Service can’t take tax dollars, but it can borrow from the Treasury and now owes the government $10.2 billion. By law that debt can’t exceed $15 billion. Without major changes, the Postal Service figures...

    11/22/2009 8:54:45 AM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 2 replies · 361+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | November 22, 2009 | Matthew Burke
    The nation’s oldest taxpayer group slammed the Senate for moving forward with debate on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s enormous health care “reform” legislation. Packed to the gills with tax hikes, more government spending, and damaging regulations, this bill would add tremendous burdens to taxpayers while ignoring some of the fundamental problems with America’s health care system. Andrew Moylan, Director of Government Affairs for the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) provided the following the statement on behalf of his organization:
  • No more letters from North Pole? Ho ho oh no!

    11/19/2009 12:51:41 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies · 754+ views
    PMSnbc ^ | 11-19-09 | ap
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Starry-eyed children writing letters to the jolly man at the North Pole this holiday season likely won't get a response from Santa Claus or his helpers. The U.S. Postal Service is dropping a popular national program begun in 1954 in the small Alaska town of North Pole, where volunteers open and respond to thousands of letters addressed to Santa each year. Replies come with North Pole postmarks. Last year, a postal worker in Maryland recognized an Operation Santa volunteer there as a registered sex offender.
  • Post office was $3.8 billion in the red last year

    11/17/2009 1:35:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 112 replies · 1,846+ views
    Associated Press Via Yahoo News ^ | 11/17/2009 | Randolph E. Schmid
    The Postal Service reported a loss of $3.8 billion last year, despite a reduction of 40,000 full-time positions and other cost-cutting measures. The loss was $1 billion more than the year before despite job cuts and other efforts designed to save billions of dollars, postal officials said Monday. "Our 2009 fiscal year proved to be one of the most challenging in the history of the Postal Service," Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett said. "The deep economic recession, and to a lesser extent the ongoing migration of mail to electronic alternatives, significantly affected all mail products, creating a large imbalance between...
  • US Postal Service enforces gun ban in public parking lots

    10/29/2009 7:54:00 AM PDT · by majstoll · 67 replies · 3,379+ views
    The ^ | October19, 2009 | Mike Stollenwerk
    USPS spokesperson Joanne Vito told the that 39 CFR 232.1(l) “applies to anyone coming into a Post Office or a Postal facility. The regulation prohibiting the possession of firearms or other weapons applies to all real property under the charge and control of the Postal Service. . . . Both open and concealed possession are prohibited, so storage of a weapon on a car parked in a lot that is under the charge and control of the Postal Service would be prohibited.” . . . Philip Van Cleave, President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League . . . said...
  • UK: Postal Strike: [shadow business sec] Kenneth Clarke says Tories will privatise Royal Mail

    10/22/2009 2:13:43 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 290+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/22/2009 | Ben Leach
    Mr Clarke said the company needed private capital and private management to bring it up to date and change it from being "old-fashioned". The shadow minister told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the Royal Mail was "broke" and its future had to involve a change of culture to stop business "draining away". "We propose to bring in private capital, assuming it is not in too disastrous a state by next May." Mr Clarke said the Royal Mail was becoming a "total disaster", attacking the Prime Minister for "changing his mind" over the stalled part-privatisation plans. "The Government has done...
  • A Postal Service bailout? (yep)

    09/24/2009 10:19:21 AM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 39 replies · 1,038+ views
    Politico ^ | DAVID ROGERS
    Democrats moved Thursday to give special relief to the financially strapped Postal Service, which would be allowed to defer $4 billion in payments due at the end of this month to cover retirement benefits for its employees. Republicans protested the bailout but made no significant effort to block the provision, which has now been attached to a stop-gap spending bill slated to come before the House and Senate in the next week.