How Many People Use the Post Office? Does the Postal Service Even Know?

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There’s a new GAO report out this week by the indefatigable Phillip Herr.  It’s called “Action Needed to Maximize Cost-Saving Potential of Alternatives to Post Offices.”  In this week’s Federal Eye column for the Washington Post, Ed O’Keefe writes about the report and poses the question, “How bad is it at the post office? Here are the numbers.” Citing Herr’s … Read More

What does it take to save a post office? Looking at appeals on closings

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Yesterday, the Postal Regulatory Commission rejected three more appeals to save post offices — in Minneapolis, NC; Chillicothe, IA; and Pilot Grove, IA.  But the PRC finally ruled in favor of a community seeking to save its post office.  The ruling on Innis, Louisiana, “remands” the “Final Determination” to close the post office back to the Postal Service for further consideration.  That may or … Read More

Things fall apart, the center cannot hold: Time tells the story

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There’s an excellent piece in Time.com today entitled “How the U.S. Postal Service Fell Apart,” by Josh Sanburn.  Unlike most articles in the mainstream media, this one takes a thoughtfully balanced approach to the story.  Postmaster General Donahoe is there to provide the Postal Service’s view, but there are also interviews and a narrative line that tell another side of … Read More

Protest in Roanoke

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  Yesterday postal workers and neighbors fought back against the United States Postal Service over its plan to close the mail processing facility in Roanoke, Virginia.  Roanoke.com has the story. Note that according to the TV report, the District Manager told the crowd that over the last ten years, first-class mail volume has dropped 50%.  But there were 104 billion … Read More

Another post office closing: It’s the same old story, don’t you know?

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The post office in Clements, Minnesota, is closing on Friday, the day before the USPS suspension on closings goes into effect.  Other than that sad detail, the story is all too familiar.   The Postal Service cites declining revenues over the past few years and a reduction in workload as the reasons for closing the Clements post office.  But both … Read More

The Week in Review: Rallies, briefs, complaints, letters, and road trips

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Another week of post office closing news — rallies to protest the downsizing, briefs filed at the PRC, road trips to visit threatened post offices, complaints about the closing process, a letter from Ralph Nader to the Postmaster General asking for empathy, and more on the Village Post Office, a concept that just won't go away.  Here’s a wrap-up of … Read More

Singing the Post Office Blues

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There’s been a post office in Ward, Colorado, since 1863, and it’s currently housed in an 1898 schoolhouse that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.   Ward's post office is being studied for closure under the Retail Access Optimization Initiative, and it’s had the community meeting and gone through a comment period.  Ward is now waiting to hear its fate. … Read More

Moving toward the End-Game: A moratorium maybe, a Goldway dissent, a PMG promise to hold off on closing post offices and DUOs too

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A moratorium on post office closings came a step closer today, the Postmaster General has apparently promised to hold off on closing post offices until the first of the year, and the Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission dissented on an appeals decision again.  A big day in postal world (and don't even mention the stock market). Earlier in the … Read More

The Valpak Brief

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James Cox Kennedy is the chairman of Cox Enterprises, a media conglomerate founded by his grandfather.  Mr. Kennedy is part of the 1% the Occupy movement is protesting against.  Actually, according to the Forbes 400 list, Mr. Kennedy’s $6 billion stake in the family’s company makes him the 53rd richest person in the United States, and that puts him in … Read More