On Falling Mail Volumes, A Tale of Two Stories

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” … Read More

Dear Santa, Please send the Post Office a miracle

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A GUEST POST, BY SHERRI MADDICK Every holiday season TV stations run the fabulous 1947 classic film, "Miracle on 34th Street," starring 9-year-old Natalie Wood.  In the movie, there is a nice old man (Edmund Gwenn) who plays Santa at Gimbels Department Store in New York City.  He says his real name is Kris Kringle, but he is threatened to … Read More

Week in Review: The discontinuing continues

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A couple of weeks ago, word leaked out that the Postal Service would put a temporary suspension on post office closings and plant consolidations to avoid problems during the holiday season.  The suspension was supposed to go into effect on Friday, Nov. 18, but some offices closed on Saturday and early the following week — right before Thanksgiving.  There's more … Read More

The New York Times Editorial: How many things can you get wrong in 300 words?

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The New York Times welcomes the holiday season with a 300-word editorial entitled “Overhauling the Post Office for the 21ST Century.”  The piece gets so many things wrong that it would be laughable if it weren’t so maddening.  It’s really the Times’ editorial staff that ought to overhauled.   On five-day delivery First, the Times calls the request from management to … Read More

The Best Postal System Money Can Buy

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GUEST POST “Falling mail volume and soaring red ink may soon doom Saturday mail delivery and prompt three-day-a-week delivery within 15 years, Postmaster General warns.” — (USA Today, July 19, 2011) It had to happen.  In the year 2020 the Postmaster General went on television and announced to the country that because of a $600 billion USPS deficit and Congress’ refusal … Read More

Week in Review: AMPs, 10-K, PRC, CBRE, VPO, GAO & OWS

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It was another busy week in Postal World — post offices keep closing, plant consolidation plans keep rolling on, the GAO keeps coming up with studies, and the PRC struggles to keep up with the appeals and Advisory Opinion.  Here are just some of the highlights: Hearing in Harlem: The New York Metro Area APWU announced that on Tuesday, Nov. 22, … Read More