More closings out west

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There's been postal service in the small town of Cora, Wyoming, for the past 120 years.  That may come to an end soon.  Cora has received notice that the post office is being studied for closure or consolidation.  The current postmaster said she was not authorized to speak to reporters about the possible closure, but former Cora postmaster Pat Poletti, … Read More

Rescuing the USPS: Bailout or restructuring?

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Yesterday's Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed piece entitled "The Coming Postal Bailout: Congress wants taxpayers to save mail worker pensions."  The editorial argues that because the Postal Service is about to use up its $15 billion line of credit with the federal government, the USPS is going to have to ask for a "taypayer bailout."  But is helping the … Read More

Another historic post office closing

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The post office has stood on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, NC, for 134 years.  It will close on July 15.  As the Raleigh News & Observer reports, "Finished in 1877 at a cost of $400,000, the building at Fayetteville and West Hargett streets was the first post office built in the South after the Civil War. . . .  … Read More

It’s Friday the 13th: Let’s Kill the Post Office

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It's Friday the 13th, and Fox Business contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano has a scary thought: "Let's Abolish the Post Office."  According to Napolitano's latest "Freedom Watch" column, the postal service is a "Soviet-style behemoth" and an inefficient, non-competitive "dinosaur," and the only reason it even exists is because politicians are pandering to voters.  Don't think Napolitano is alone.  Conservative think tanks like … Read More

Say It Ain’t So, Obama

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President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Robert G. Taub as Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  That's bad news for those concerned about post office closings.  Taub, who's a former aide to a Republican Congressman, was instrumental in developing the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which is one of the reasons the Postal Service is in such financial straits. … Read More

Closure News Roundup

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The Postal Service announced another quarter of losses, more than $2 billion, and warned it could be forced to default on federal payments for the billions it's borrowed from the government. In the meantime, the closings continue. In Floriston, California, they closed a historic post office that dates back to 1872.  In Modesto, CA, prospective buyers have begun touring its vintage … Read More

Postal closure fight promised

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From the Watertown Daily Times: "PARISHVILLE — Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said closing the U.S. post office in the hamlet is a bad idea that will create a hardship on many in the community, especially senior citizens.  Mr. Moore said he won't let the U.S. Postal Service close the post office without a fight.   "I'll get a hold … Read More

Keeping track of post office closings

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The website Postal Reporter is keeping track of all the post office closings, and they're neatly organized, state by state, with links to news articles about the individual closings.  It's a great website for keeping up with the latest news about all things postal.  And thanks to Postal Reporter for this perfectly apropos cartoon by Chan Lowe.  By the way, … Read More

Postmasters File Objections With USPS on Post Office Closing Regulations

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From the NAPUS website: "On Monday, May 2, the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S. (NAPUS) and the National League of Postmasters (LEAGUE) submitted “Public Comments” to the U.S. Postal Service, opposing proposed regulations that would result in the wholesale closing of Post Offices through the nation. In a joint comment, the two postal management organizations illustrated how the … Read More

Things go badly at meeting about post office closing

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As required by law, the Postal Service is holding meetings about the post offices it wants to close.  At a recent meeting in New Hartford, Iowa, where the Postal Service has its eye on several post offices, things didn't go so well.  Confronted by angry citizens opposed to the closure, two "postal service officials abruptly left the gathering at the … Read More