Bill passed to name Detroit post office after Aretha Franklin

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Detroit MetroTimes: We continue to honor our queen because she will always be our queen. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3976, which renamed the post office located at 12711 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit the Aretha Franklin Post Office Building. The legislation was signed by all members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation, and the news was announced by … Read More

Closure of Hardenville, MO, post office seems likely

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Ozark County Times: An Ozark County post office closure that was hinted at in 2011 seems likely to happen this month in Hardenville, MO, where service will be suspended Saturday, Feb. 22, as the U.S. Postal Service’s lease on space in the old Hardenville general store building expires. Gainesville postmaster Jeff Elliott told the Times last week that he had … Read More

Ralph Nader and historian Chris Shaw talk postal banking

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Chris W. Shaw is an author, historian, and policy analyst who has written one of the best books about the post office, Preserving the People’s Post Office (available online here).  The book has a great introduction by Ralph Nader, for whom Shaw worked at the Center for Responsive Law. Shaw has written a new book entitled Money, Power, and the People: … Read More

Historic Five Points post office in downtown Franklin, TN, will close March 1

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tennessean.com: Workers at the Five Points post office in downtown Franklin, TN, confirmed Thursday afternoon the outfit will close come March 1. The operation for the mail is privately owned but has been conducting business to government standards, postal workers said. The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County helped save the building that houses the historic post office during the last … Read More

GAO Report: U.S. Postal Service Offering Nonpostal Services through Its Delivery Network Would Likely Present Benefits and Limitations

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GAO: The U.S. Postal Service manages a vast network of mail carriers and vehicles that deliver mail to its customers. Since USPS’s costs are growing faster than its revenues, some have suggested that it provide nonpostal services using this network to generate revenue and enhance its value to communities. For instance, mail carriers could provide check-in services to older people. … Read More