Mold closes post office in Rapidan, VA

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Orange County Review: Call it the case of the missing post office. When residents of Rapidan, VA, went to their local post office on Locust Dale Road at the end of last week, they discovered it locked.  The front door bore witness to startling news. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Post Office will be closed until further notice,” the sign read. … Read More

PRC Evaluates USPS 2017 Performance and 2018 Performance Plan: Report Finds Goals Not Met or Only Partially Met in FY 2017

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PRC Press Release: On April 26, 2018, the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued its analysis of the United States Postal Service (Postal Service) fiscal year (FY) 2017 Annual Performance Report and FY 2018 Performance Plan. Each year, the Commission must review the Postal Service’s performance goals, evaluate whether the Postal Service met those goals in the previous fiscal year, and … Read More

Democrats Have a Plan to Save the Post Office – and Kill Payday Lenders

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New York Magazine: Generally speaking, advancing economic justice is neither cheap nor easy. The Democratic Party has assembled a long list of worthwhile economic reforms — almost all of which, for all their considerable virtues, pose either a significant budgetary cost, or policy-design challenge, or political risk (universal child-care costs money; the federal job guarantee is complicated and untested; and Medicare-for-all … Read More

Miami’s Buena Vista Station post office building sold for $43M. Good luck getting your mail until there’s a new one

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Miami Herald: Residents of the 33137 ZIP code, which includes Miami’s Design District, Buena Vista, Morningside, Bay Point and surrounding neighborhoods, are dreading the closure of their post office. The place where they buy 50-cent stamps is slated to be replaced by a luxe retail store where they may be able to buy $50,000 purses or $5,000 suits — whether … Read More

Congressmen bite at chance to save Pie Town’s post office

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Santa Fe New Mexican: Days to the primary election: 48.  New Mexican as apple pie. Three members of Congress are campaigning to save a slice of Americana — the endangered post office in Pie Town. Pie Town, about 220 miles southwest of Santa Fe in Catron County, is an unincorporated outpost of about 150 people. The U.S. Postal Service has decided … Read More

The Court Rules on the Barcode Case (again)

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Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, issued a decision on the Postal Service’s challenge to a ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission involving barcoding and a rate increase.  The ruling is here. The Court’s ruling is essentially a rebuke to the Commission for failing to provide an adequate explanation for why changes in the Postal Service’s … Read More

Trump Moves to Gut the Post Office

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The American Prospect, by David Dayen: Some may be inclined to think that Donald Trump’s executive orderThursday night establishing a task force to recommend reforms for the U.S. Postal Service reflects another salvo in the president’s war against Amazon. Trump’s attack on Amazon, a clear byproduct of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s ownership of The Washington Post, included the suggestion that … Read More