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

Dismantling the Public Realm: Post Offices for Sale

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In July the Postal Service outsourced its real estate and property management business to CB Richard Ellis, the world’s largest commercial real estate company.   Today the USPS-CBRE website is up and running, showing off some 90 post office buildings as well as 36 land parcels, all for sale.   The Postal Service must be in a big hurry to dismantle … Read More

NAPUS calls for a moratorium on post office closings

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Yesterday, the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S. (NAPUS) called for a moratorium on post office closings.  That’s a big deal, and it will give the cause a lot of momentum.  Calls for a moratorium on post office closing have been growing.  In August, Iowa’s Governor Terry Branstad called for one, and earlier this week Representative Nick Rahall of … Read More

A new call for a moratorium on closures, and more post offices may close, not on any list

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Yesterday U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) wrote a letter to the Postmaster General urging him to declare a moratorium on closing post offices.  It was the second such call for a moratorium from a high-ranking government official, following Iowa Governor Branstad's request in August.   Yesterday also brought news of two post offices being studied for closure that do not … Read More

Arkansas Update: Post Offices Off the Closing Lists

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Word comes from Arkansas today that a dozen post offices, as well as a couple of others we'd heard about previously, have been removed from the list of those in the state being studied for closure under the Retail Access Optimization Initiative.  That's brings to nearly a hundred the number of post offices removed from the RAOI (most of them … Read More

Philistines at the Gate: The Venice Post Office on the Chopping Block

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On Monday of this week, Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), will be speaking in Venice, California, at a meeting of the Venice Post Office Task Force.  The subject of the meeting: the fate of the Venice Main Post Office, a beautiful example of New Deal architecture, which the Postal Service has decided to close and sell, … Read More

The Twisted Logic of the Postal Service: Fewer post offices, and more post offices without a postmaster

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It takes a lot of imagination to destroy an institution as big and durable as the U. S. Postal Service, but the executives in L'Enfant Plaza keep coming up with bold new ideas for doing just that. Today the Postal Service published its “Final Rule” on “amending its regulations to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation … Read More