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  • 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...

    03/02/2010 1:58:00 PM PST · by Edisto Joe · 4 replies · 333+ views
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 03/02/2010 | EJO
    Last year the U.S. Postal Service lost 3.8 billion dollars. This year they will report a 7 billion dollar loss. Postmaster General John Potter said that they are struggling financially and that they are trying to find ways to get out of the red without resorting to using taxpayer dollars. In 2 years 11 billion in taxpayer dollars was lost. Potter is expected to announce the possibility of stopping Saturday service and the raising of postal rates to help correct the problem. He did not say how many BILLIONS would be saved. This provides an open window with a perfect...
  • Atheist Group Protests Mother Teresa's Commemorative U.S. Postal Stamp

    01/29/2010 7:40:52 AM PST · by Bean74 · 22 replies · 261+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | January 29, 2010 | Colleen Raezler
    For some atheists, a person should not be honored for decades of humanitarian work if she also happens to be a professing Christian. That’s the only conclusion one can draw from the recent uproar of the Freedom From Religion Foundation over the U.S. Postal Service’s commemorative stamp featuring 1979 Nobel Prize winner Mother Teresa. “There’s this knee jerk response that everything she did was humanitarian,” griped FFRF spokeswoman Annie Laurie Gaylor, according to a Jan. 28 Fox News article. “And I think many people would differ that what she doing was to promote religion, and what she wanted to do...
  • New OIG Study Estimates USPS Has Been Overcharged for the CSRS Pension Fund by $75 Billion

    01/22/2010 6:25:02 PM PST · by Gone_Postal · 16 replies · 719+ views
    Office of inspector General ^ | 1/21/2010 | Office of inspector General
    [linkshotleft=][b][url=]Office of inspector General[/url]:[/b] [center][img][/img][/center] Special Report New OIG Study Estimates USPS Has Been Overcharged for the CSRS Pension Fund by $75 Billion A study just released by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) shows that the current system of funding the Postal Service’s Civil Service Retirement System pension responsibility is inequitable and has resulted in the Postal Service overpaying $75 billion to the pension fund. The OIG estimates that if the overcharge was used to prepay the Postal Service’s health benefits fund, it would fully meet all of the Postal Service’s accrued retiree health care liabilities...
  • President Tasks Postal Service to Distribute Countermeasures in Case of BioWeapon Attack

    12/30/2009 9:23:32 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 7 replies · 391+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12-30-09 | Bob McCarty
    Though the always-transparent (NOT!) White House web site contains no news of it, President Barack Obama has reportedly signed an executive order -- yes, another one. This time, he's tasked the United States Postal Service to help distribute countermeasures in the event of a biological weapons attack within the United States.
  • 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...
  • Postal Service-Style Health Care

    08/17/2009 7:20:25 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 10 replies · 427+ views
    By Edward Hudgins President Obama stumbled onto the analogy which perfectly points out the dangers of the very government-run health care system that he advocates. In a recent public appearance Obama tried to assure concerned citizens that a government-option health insurer would not drive private insurers out of business. He said, “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the post office that’s always having problems.” Indeed, today the U.S. Postal Service faces a $6 billion deficit and possibly will need to cut services as well as secure a taxpayer bailout. Monopoly Mail Let’s run with Obama’s postal example. To...
  • The President and the Postal Service

    08/12/2009 9:51:02 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 24 replies · 1,074+ views
    WP ^ | August 11, 2009 | Editorial
    President Obama made what his advisers believe were his first public comments on the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday, basically knocking its performance during his health-care-themed town hall in New Hampshire. He said an audience member raised a "legitimate concern" about how a government-run health-care program might affect private insurers. "My answer is that if the private insurance companies are providing a good bargain, and if the public option has to be self-sustaining -- meaning taxpayers aren't subsidizing it, but it has to run on charging premiums and providing good services and a good network of doctors, just like any...
  • U.S. Postal Service May Close 1,000 Post Offices; Curtail Home Delivery - Video 8/3/09

    08/04/2009 4:26:23 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 32 replies · 1,048+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 4, 2009 | BrianinMO
    The U.S. Postal Service is having major financial problems, and could shut down as many as 1,000 branches, and possibly cutting back on home delivery. The Post Office is heading toward a $7 Billion loss this fiscal year. Competition from the internet and other delivery companies are being blamed for the problem, along with the recession. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Postal Worker 'Did What He Had To Do' In Bank Robbery Shooting

    07/06/2009 5:37:40 AM PDT · by Abathar · 18 replies · 997+ views ^ | July 4, 2009 | staff
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A postal worker who was shot in the face after encountering a bank robber Thursday spoke Saturday about the harrowing ordeal. Robert Norman, 54, has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, but he will spend the next six to eight weeks recovering from the wound, 6News' Sarah Cornell reported. Norman and his doctors said he is very fortunate that the bullet struck right below his right eye. "God protected me. I could have died," Norman said. Norman was inside a Wanamaker Chase Bank, in the 8800 block of Southeastern Avenue, to get some spending money...
  • The postal service: You've got (no) mail

    05/03/2009 7:18:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 81 replies · 1,956+ views
    Economist ^ | 04/30/09
    The postal service You've got (no) mail Apr 30th 2009 | NEW YORK From The Economist print edition The postal service has been hit hard by the recession and by faster competition ENGRAVED magnificently above the columns of the main post office in Manhattan is a promise of the postal service’s resilience. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night”, runs the motto, “stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Inclement weather is one thing, but the downturn is posing a greater challenge. Starting on May 9th, New York’s main post office, which prides...
  • Call for Help: Postal chief says agency crashing (Another bailout coming our way alert)

    03/25/2009 10:55:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 791+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2009
    he financially strapped U.S. Postal Service will run out of money this year without help from Congress, Postmaster General John Potter warned on Wednesday. "We are facing losses of historic proportion. Our situation is critical," Potter told a House subcommittee. The agency lost $2.8 billion last year and is looking at much larger losses this year said Potter, who is seeking congressional permission to reduce mail delivery from six days to five days a week. Potter also urged changes in how it pre-pays for retiree health care to cut its annual costs by $2 billion. If the Postal Service does...
  • Postal Service draws criticism for $1.2 million home buy

    03/06/2009 5:52:09 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 32 replies · 1,291+ views
    CNN ^ | March 6, 2009 | Abbie Boudreau, Scott Zamost and Jessi Joseph
    LAKE WATEREE, South Carolina (CNN) -- At a time when the U.S. Postal Service says it is experiencing a financial crisis, it purchased a $1.2 million home from an employee so he could relocate, a CNN investigation has found. Postal Service spokesman Greg Frey said the home will be resold, as others have been. "It's not like we threw away a million dollars," Frey told CNN. "We are hoping it's going to go for the appraised value." But a real estate agent in the area said the home could be a tough sell in a depressed housing market -- and...
  • Some missing voter registration forms found(Fransiscan University-many more reported missing)

    09/29/2008 2:37:47 PM PDT · by MadelineZapeezda · 19 replies · 1,320+ views
    The Herald Star ^ | September 29,2008 | Dave Gossett
    STEUBENVILLE -EMPTY ENVELOPE — Brian D’Amico, vice president of the College Republicans at Franciscan University of Steubenville, holds the torn and empty envelope that was received Friday at the Jefferson County Board of Elections. D’Amico said he had mailed the envelope containing 115-130 voter registration forms a week ago but it was stamped at the Youngstown postal center as “received unsealed.” Some voter registration forms originally thought to be missing were delivered today to the Jefferson County Board of Elections. Diane Gribble, director of the board of elections, said 56 voter registration cards were delivered today from the Pittsburgh post...
  • Sessions Leads 100th Year Boy Scout Recognition Efforts

    05/02/2008 12:24:06 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 1,681+ views
    Office of Pete Sessions ^ | Apr 23, 2008 | Office of Pete Sessions
    Sessions Leads 100th Year Boy Scout Recognition Efforts Introduces Commemorative Coin, Garners Support for Commemorative Stamp Washington, Apr 23, 2008 U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) is leading congressional efforts to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010 by introducing legislation for a “100 Years of Scouting” commemorative coin. “Boy Scouts are a significant part of American culture, shaping the values, citizenship, and skills of millions of young men,” Sessions stated. “As an Eagle Scout with four generations of Boy Scouts in my family, I strongly value the Boy Scouts’ history of instilling a sense...
  • Policing The Mail

    03/07/2008 5:20:09 AM PST · by Newsradio 740 KTRH · 21 replies · 182+ views
    Newsradio 740 KTRH ^ | March 7, 2008 | KTRH's August Skamenca
    The U.S. Postal Service is known for saying "neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night" will slow its service. But what about a federal investigation? Long before it ever reaches a mailbox, the information on packages and envelopes can be recorded. The service has approved 10,000 requests from law enforcement agencies to document information on the outside of letters and parcels as part of criminal investigations. Civil liberties activist Randall Kallinen says the information-gathering is being conducted without warrants. "What we're talking about here is wholesale envelopes, thousands and thousands of requests with no judicial review," Kallinen said. He...
  • Postal Service to immortalize ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ - Frank Sinatra (to be issued next spring)

    12/05/2007 1:55:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 360+ views
    USPS ^ | USPS
    WASHINGTON, DC — Frank Sinatra, one of the most iconic entertainers of the 20th century, will be commemorated on a postage stamp next spring, Postmaster General John Potter announced today. Sinatra’s three children — Nancy, Frank, Jr. and Tina Sinatra. — will preview the stamp image during a special ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sinatra’s birthday, Wed., Dec. 12. “Frank Sinatra was an extraordinary entertainer whose life and work left an indelible impression on American culture,” said Potter. “His recordings, concert performances and film work place him among America’s top artists, and his legendary gift for transforming popular song...
  • DVD rentals costly to Postal Service

    11/29/2007 12:02:29 PM PST · by JZelle · 108 replies · 257+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-29-07 | Jim McElhatton
    Rentals of DVDs from companies such as Netflix cost the U.S. Postal Service tens of millions of dollars each year because its sorting machines can't process millions of return envelopes, government inspectors say. The postal service incurs more than $20 million per year in labor costs to hand-sort DVDs. And costs are expected to total as much as $30 million per year by 2009. "Because these mail pieces are not machinable, the Postal Service pays significant additional labor costs to manually process them," auditors wrote in a recent report issued by Tammy L. Whitcomb, the deputy assistant inspector general for...
  • U.S. Postal Service Stamps Out Clocks

    03/02/2007 11:35:05 AM PST · by CedarDave · 37 replies · 1,218+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 2, 2007 | Susan Stiger
    Question: Why is the U.S. Postal Service removing all clocks from its lobbies? Answer from the U.S. Postal Service: "It's part of our retail standardization program to make all the post offices look alike so you get the same service and the same supplies are available everywhere you go." Answer from a woman in line at the Academy Post Office on San Antonio NE: "That would be so I don't know how long I've been standing here." Yes, the clocks are gone, or they will be as post offices all over the country continue a decade-long switch to red, white...
  • Calendar vs. business days for USPS delivery time purposes?

    01/13/2007 5:02:31 AM PST · by rudy45 · 11 replies · 733+ views
    If a first class letter is supposed to take (e.g.) three days, do they mean business days or calendar days, or some combination? Specifically, do they count Sundays and legal holidays? Today is Saturday, January 13. If I mail something today, before the cutoff acceptance time, would three delivery days be - Tuesday - Thursday (because of excluding Sunday and Monday, MLK Day) - something else Of course, is silent on this matter. Thanks.