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  • Canada Post strike: Residents ask if they really need a postman

    06/24/2011 5:52:01 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News ^ | Jun 23, 2011 | Anita Elash
    When Canadian letter carriers went on strike three weeks ago they hoped to force the national postal service, Canada Post, to back down from a cost-cutting proposal to dramatically reduce wages. Three weeks later, lawmakers are preparing to legislate them back to work, but Canadians are asking just how much a modern cyber-connected society needs the post office anyway. “If I get my mail, I get my mail, but if I really have to do something I go on the Internet,” says Janina, a bank teller. True, some businesses say they have had to scramble to try to fill orders...
  • Man Police Shot During Traffic Stop Was Armed With Armor-Piercing Bullets

    06/24/2011 2:37:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies
    KIRO ^ | Posted June `5, 2011, Updated June 16, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "KEY PENINSULA, Wash. -- A man who was fatally shot by Tacoma police during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning pointed a gun loaded with armor-piercing bullets at the officer who stopped him and was carrying a large amount of ammunition in his truck, the Tacoma Police Department said. Wednesday afternoon, the Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Brooks Papineau of Gig Harbor." SNIPPET: "When police searched Papineau's truck, they found a large amount of ammunition and additional ammunition magazines.They also said they found a Koran and several books on converting to Islam. Police said Papineau went home...
  • Post Office Suspends Retirement Contributions

    06/22/2011 9:12:35 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 54 replies
    LEX18 TC ^ | June 22, 2011 | Associated Press via LEX18
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially troubled Postal Service is suspending its employer contribution to the federal employee retirement system.</p> <p>The agency said Wednesday it was acting to conserve cash as it continues to lose money. It was $8 billion in the red last year because of the combined effects of the recession and the switch of much mail to the Internet. It faces the possibility of running short of money by the end of this fiscal year in September.</p>
  • Knowingly Jumping Off a Cliff (US Postal Service and their unions are fleecing you)

    06/16/2011 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 20 replies
    Evolving Excellence ^ | 15 June 2011 | Kevin Meyer
    The Bloomberg Businessweek cover story on the U.S. Postal Service a couple weeks ago was a real stunner - filled with so many juicy tidbits that it took a while to digest.  It is just phenomenal that a handful of ingnoramuses (ignorami?) are doing this to a once proud example of American ingenuity. We've heard the story over the past several years - the rise of email has demolished traditional first class mail.  Free markets created the likes of UPS and FedEx, and thanks to better and more reliable service customers willingly paid substantially more for those products.  So what...
  • Calgary, Edmonton postal workers on strike

    06/08/2011 6:09:08 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies
    CBC News ^ | June 8, 2011
    Calgary and Edmonton are the latest targets in the revolving postal strike as union representatives consider their next moves, including a full-blown national walkout. The Alberta walkouts began at 10 p.m MT in Edmonton and 9 p.m MT in Calgary Tuesday night. "The reason why Alberta was chosen is because in the past years we've had serious issues dealing with the employer with respect to staffing here and the level of forced overtime that letter carriers have been having to work," said Bev Ray, Edmonton Canadian Union of Postal Workers local president. "Alberta has been one of the hardest hit...
  • Socialism's Army of Occupation

    06/04/2011 5:31:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 26 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/3/2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Postal Service doesn't exist to deliver mail. 80 percent of its budget goes to the salaries and benefits of its 500,000+ union members. The most pervasive myth of the welfare state is the altruism of the public sector. In this mythology, the private sector is run by a bunch of greedy businessmen who get rich by making money off people's misery. While the public sector is run by altruists who want nothing except to help those left behind by the private sector. Capitalists meet the Anti-Capitalists. But actually it's the public sector that does a much better job of...
  • The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse

    05/28/2011 6:47:53 PM PDT · by 4buttons · 201 replies
    Businessweek ^ | May 26, 2011 | Devin Leonard
    He is struck by how many USPS executives started out as letter carriers or clerks. He finds them so consumed with delivering mail that they have been slow to grasp how swiftly the service's financial condition is deteriorating. "We said, 'What's your 10-year plan?' " Herr recalls. "They didn't have one."
  • 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...
  • U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices

    03/24/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 105 replies
    U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices 31 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service said on Thursday it would cut 7,500 jobs and close seven district offices and 2,000 post offices as it handles less mail and faces greater staff costs and competition from FedEx and United Parcel Service. "It's critical that we adjust our work force to match America's changing communications trends as mail volumes continue to decline," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement. In November, the Postal Service reported a net loss of $8.5 billion for fiscal year 2010, its fourth...
  • Suicide bomber in central Stockholm

    12/11/2010 1:50:06 PM PST · by La Lydia · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Stockholm News ^ | December 10, 2010
    First exploded a car at the busy shopping street Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. Then came another explosion some distance away and one man died. According to news agency TT, the man had blown himself to death. There was a bag on the ground filled with nails, according to newspaper Expressen. Alarm calls poured in to the Emergency Services from concerned residents about the explosions in central Stockholm on Saturday afternoon. But the initial info from the police was extremely unclear. First there was talk of two cars that exploded, later it proved to be just one... At Bryggargatan a man...
  • 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...

    03/06/2011 10:22:57 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    SELF | March 07, 2011 | swampsniper
    On the 22nd of last month I bought some camera lens filters from a seller in New Jersey. On the 25th the package was scanned in to Jacksonville Florida. It sat in Jacksonville until yesterday, 9 days!I called the local PO last Friday and got things stirred up, otherwise my filters might still be stuck in Jacksonville.
  • U.S. Postal Service insists it doesn’t need bailout, just access to overpaid retirement funds

    03/03/2011 8:20:25 AM PST · by jda · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03 March 2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Without some kind of legislative action in the very near future, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will default on the money it owes to the federal government and could become the next large company to require a bailout, according to members of the House committee in charge of the postal service.
  • Woman Tries To Mail Puppy In Box

    02/02/2011 1:32:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    WCCO ^ | February 1, 2011 6:45 PM | Sonya Goins, Producer
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They’re calling it the parcel puppy. A Minneapolis woman is charged with animal cruelty after police say she tried to send a puppy through the mail. The poodle-mixed pup is being held temporarily at the animal control office in Minneapolis but still belongs to the woman who allegedly tried to mail it — 39-year-old Stacey Champion. “Clearly there wasn’t a whole lot of thought that went into this,” said Sgt. Angela Dodge with the Minneapolis Police Department. Dodge said last Tuesday Champion took the puppy to the Loring Post Office. The puppy was in a box with...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Post Office paid almost $32 million for Lance Armstrong sponsorship

    01/15/2011 8:46:45 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    When wondering how the US Postal Service could find itself in a $7 billion hole, perhaps decisions like this might explain it. Court documents in a fraud probe involving doping allegations in Lance Armstrong’s cycling team show that the USPS paid almost $32 million for a four-year sponsorship from 2001-2004: Even apart from the fraud allegations, the fact that USPS shelled out $32 million for this endorsement over four years seems like a good point on which to question the other decisions being made by USPS management. If Tailwind turns out to be utterly clean, they still managed to find...
  • U.S. Postal Service to Hike Rates in April

    01/14/2011 3:56:13 PM PST · by FromLori · 21 replies
    Wallet Pop ^ | 1/14/2011 | David Kiley
    The U.S. Postal Service announced plans to hike postage rates on several different types of mail in April, but the cost of sending Mother's Day cards in May will stay the same. The postal service said the cost of a stamp for a basic letter will remain 44 cents, but the price to send larger envelopes, periodicals, parcels, international mail, advertisements and postcards will go up on April 17. "While changing prices is always a difficult decision, we have made every effort to keep the impact minimal for consumers and customers doing business with us at retail lobbies," Postmaster General...
  • Bonidy v. USPS: Postal Service Moves To Dismiss

    12/22/2010 7:07:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 18 December, 2010 | John Richardson
    Last week, Department of Justice attorneys representing the U.S. Postal Service filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit brought contesting the ban on firearms on Postal Service property. This suit was brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation on behalf of Debbie and Tab Bonidy as well as the National Association for Gun Rights. The Bonidys live outside of Avon, Colorado in an area which does not receive home mail service. As a result, they have to pick up their mail at the Post Office in Avon where they are provided a free mail box. The Bonidys, both of whom...
  • 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.
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Post Office Gun Ban

    11/23/2010 5:37:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 22 November, 2010 | Dudley Brown
    Colorado -–( If there’s anything that makes a concealed carry permit holder upset, its criminal safezones. A criminal safezone is where only criminals are safe, because armed self defense is banned. That’s why the National Association for Gun Rights has filed a lawsuit against the United State Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service uses bureaucratic rules to ban your right to carry in a Post Office, and that’s important, even if you don’t carry concealed –- it’s the camel’s nose under the tent. You see, the U.S. Postal Service claims citizens don’t have the right to self defense in Post...
  • Challange to Ban on Firearms on Postal Service Property

    10/07/2010 5:32:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 5 October, 2010 | John Richardson
    Attorney Jim Manley and the Mountain States Legal Foundation are taking on the US Postal Service's ban on any firearm on USPS property. The challenge is on behalf of Debbie and Tab Bonidy of Avon, Colorado and the National Association for Gun Rights. A lawsuit, Bonidy et al v. USPS et al, was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The Bonidys live in a rural area of Colorado that doesn't have home mail delivery. Because of that, the local post office in Avon, Colorado provides the residents of the area with a post office box...
  • 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....
  • Post Office Issues Mother Teresa Stamp, Will Buyers Remember Pro-Life View?

    09/06/2010 3:37:40 PM PDT · by julieee · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 6, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Post Office Issues Mother Teresa Stamp, Will Buyers Remember Pro-Life View? The U.S. Postal Service’s issuance of a stamp in honor of the late Mother Teresa shows just how monumental a figure the diminutive sister was in 20th century life. Mother Teresa embodied Christianity in action—preferential treatment for the poor, tireless self-giving, a beacon of joy in the midst of the world’s darkness. But I just wonder how many people who purchase a Mother Teresa stamp will reflect upon her courageous pro-life stand?
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Customer stuck with counterfeit money from the post office

    05/26/2010 2:29:49 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 31 replies · 1,779+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/25/10 | David Lazarus
    A business inadvertently gives you counterfeit money — are you stuck with it? In most cases, yes. But what if that business happens to be a branch of the federal government? Los Angeles resident David Lipin found himself asking this question the other day after he cashed a $1,000 Postal Service money order at a West Hollywood post office. He said the postal worker handed him 10 $20 bills and eight $100 bills. Lipin, 43, said he then stopped at a nearby gas station to fill his tank. He tried to pay with one of his new $100 bills. "The...
  • Going Postal: Workers, Customers Robbed at Post Office

    05/07/2010 1:31:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 329+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Fri, May 7, 2010 | JEANETTE LOPEZ and ARI ODZER
    Going Postal: Workers, Customers Robbed at Post Office Thieves pull off early morning heist in Miami GardensEmployees and customers at a Miami Gardens post office had a frightening experience Friday morning when a trio of armed men entered and robbed them of their belongings. About 10 employees and several customers were victims of the brazen holdup at the Palmetto Lakes Post Office located at 5375 NW 159 Street in Miami Gardens, police said. Witnesses and police said at least two of the men were armed, and one of them shoved his gun into one of the clerk's sides, threatening to...
  • 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...
  • Wayward badger found at downtown Post Office

    05/04/2010 4:34:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies · 507+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-04-10 | Meg Jones
    A wayward badger somehow managed to get into a building at the main post office in downtown Milwaukee this morning. The badger was seen hiding underneath a locker in the men's locker room of the vehicle maintenance facility around 7 a.m., said U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Marge Oehlke. A Department of Natural Resources warden was called to the scene and with the help of postal employees, the badger was herded out of the locker room. The animal huddled in a corner of a gated area outside the building where postal trucks are maintained. Eventually it waddled away. The DNR did...
  • Outlook Grim for Postal Service as Revenue Ebbs

    04/19/2010 11:08:25 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 15 replies · 862+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle via SF ^ | April 19, 2010 | Carolyn Lochhead
    The same forces that have ravaged the music, newspaper and book publishing industries are aimed at the U.S. Postal Service, threatening much more than the Saturday mail.
  • Obama signs bill restricting mail-order cigarette sales

    04/02/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Drango · 90 replies · 2,342+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 4/1/10 | Jerry Zremski
    Obama signs bill restricting mail-order cigarette sales WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that bans the U.S. Postal Service from shipping cigarettes — a measure that's expected to cripple the mail-order tobacco businesses run by members of the Seneca Nation of Indians. White House press secretary Robert L. Gibbs announced the signing in a brief statement that included no comment on the new law, which the Senecas fought furiously. In response, Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. accused the president of betraying the very Indian nations he wooed during his 2008 campaign and spoke to last fall....
  • 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.
  • Bring The Post Office Into The 21st Century

    03/08/2010 5:12:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies · 132+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 8, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Competition improves the breed, and no breed is more in need of improvement than the U.S. Postal Service. Postmaster General John Potter has proposed ending Saturday delivery because his operation, already a chronic money loser, faces a $7 billion deficit this year and an estimated $238 billion in losses for the current decade. Potter may have the toughest job in town because he faces three immovable objects in his quest to stop the red ink and save a government institution that has been with us since the nation's earliest days. The three immovable objects are President Obama, Congress and the...
  • 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.
  • Woman gets box of drugs, by mistake

    02/25/2010 10:54:14 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies · 1,507+ views
    News Channel 36 ^ | February 25, 2010 | Beth Shayne
    SALISBURY -- When Sarah Leach opened the box UPS had delivered, she fully expected to find a new computer she'd ordered. Instead, she says, she found packing peanuts and something that was clearly not a laptop -- several shrink-wrapped packages full of thousands of dollars worth of drugs. Leach called police immediately. She was so frightened she waited for them to arrive on her front stoop.
  • 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...
  • 2010 Stamps Unveiled: USPS Recognizes Mother Teresa

    01/04/2010 7:00:31 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 394+ views ^ | 01/03/2010 | Staff
    Nobel Peace Prize honoree Mother Teresa, legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, Negro Leagues Baseball and Cowboys of the Silver Screen are among the subjects headlining the 2010 stamp program, the U.S. Postal Service....
  • Executive Order -- Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack

    01/02/2010 4:03:46 AM PST · by Cindy · 36 replies · 1,426+ views ^ | December 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 30, 2009 Executive Order -- Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack ESTABLISHING FEDERAL CAPABILITY FOR THE TIMELY PROVISION OF MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES FOLLOWING A BIOLOGICAL ATTACK By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to plan and prepare for the timely provision...
  • 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...
  • Post office hostage drama in US state of Virginia ends

    12/24/2009 6:44:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies · 656+ views
    bbc ^ | 24 December, 2009 | na
    A man suspected of taking hostages in a post office in the US state of Virginia has been arrested after a stand-off lasting several hours, police say. Authorities in Wytheville persuaded Warren Taylor to give himself up and release three people he was holding. Mr Taylor was reported to have entered the post office pushing a wheelchair and claiming to be carrying explosives. He initially fired shots from the building but no-one was reported to have been injured.
  • Gunman surrenders at Va. post office

    12/23/2009 9:12:41 PM PST · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 1,486+ views
    UPI ^ | December 23, 2009
    WYTHEVILLE, Va., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A gunman with explosives who had held hostages for about eight hours at the Wytheville, Va., Post Office apparently has surrendered, police said. The man rolled himself onto the street in a wheelchair and was lying on the ground on his stomach as about 20 officers wearing shields approached him, WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Va., reported Wednesday night. State Police Sgt. Mike Conroy said three hostages have emerged from the building and officers were checking to make sure nobody else was inside. Police exercised caution because "we don't know what he had," Conroy said, The Wytheville...
  • 5 held hostage at Virginia post office

    12/23/2009 1:04:25 PM PST · by JennysCool · 53 replies · 4,276+ views
    WTVR Richmond ^ | 12/23/09 | WTVR Richmond
    WYTHEVILLE, Va. - Authorities in Wytheville are dealing with a hostage situation at the town's post office. Mayor Trent Crewe says five hostages are inside the building, including three employees and two customers. Shots have been fired, but Crewe says no injuries have been reported. The situation began at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The suspect has not been identified.