Here Come the Closings, Starting with the A’s

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Yesterday the Postal Service announced that twenty-one post offices in Alabama would be closing in November and December, and today there’s word that some in Arkansas are closing as well, so it looks like the Postal Service is working its way through the alphabet.   Next week we’ll probably hear about closings in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  It’s only been a … Read More

The Ed Show, once again, with a helpful commentary

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With one caveat: Ed blames the Republicans for PAEA and the health-care pre-funding problem, but Democrats can take their share of the blame, too.  Plus, the effort to protect post offices has historically been bipartisan, and it's going to take members of both parties to step up again. Still, a helpful comment from Ed: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world … Read More

Haste Makes Waste: The Hidden Cost of Closing Post Offices

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The vast majority of post offices being reviewed for closure are leased properties, and most of them will have months or years left on the lease when they close.  The Postal Service could run into some serious buy-out costs over the coming year, perhaps close to $100 million. About 250 post offices have closed so far this year, and another … Read More

The Hidden Cost of Closing Post Offices: Lease Buy-Outs

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RENT OWED ON POST OFFICES CLOSED OR CLOSING IN 2011 POST OFFICE ST ZIP STATUS CLOSE DATE LEASE EXPIRES MO. RENT TOTAL OWED BELK AL  35545-2000 FD 12/1/11 4/30/14 $275 $7,815 LANGSTON AL  35755-8231 FD 12/1/11 12/31/14 $1,083 $39,349 LESTER AL  35647-4046 FD 11/5/11 5/31/15 $620 $26,060 MOBILE AL  36613-3598 CL 6/18/11 5/1/12 $961 $9,858 MONTGOMERY AL  36110-9998 CL 3/26/11 … Read More

The Internet Myth: Why Email Isn’t Killing Snail Mail

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The New York Times finally gets it right — an article that explains how the Internet is not the cause of the Postal Service’s woes.  It’s called “Why the Internet Isn’t the Death of the Post Office,” and it’s written by James Fallows, a highly respected, award-winning author and journalist.  Unfortunately for the Times, Fallows’ article was published on September 4, … Read More

Post Office Closings: Updated List and Projections

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The pace of post office closings and appeals is picking up, and it’s only going to get worse over the coming months.  If Congress doesn’t do something soon, by the end of the year we’re going to see post offices closing at a rate of several per day. An updated list of the post offices that have closed, been suspended, … Read More

Setting the Record Straight, part two: The NY Times Does It Again

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The New York Times does it again.  Not a word, not one, about the hundreds of “Save America’s Postal Service” rallies that took place across the country on September 27, and then today it publishes an article with the usual mainstream-media slant and uncritical repetition of Postal Service PR.  It's by Randall Stross, a business professor at San Jose State University, … Read More