Postal Service explores reduced mail pickups in rural areas

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Daily Sentinel: The U.S. Postal Service is exploring a cost-saving measure that would involve picking up outgoing mail from some rural post offices once rather than twice a day, which a local postal workers union representative says would mean further delivery delays beyond those that could result from the proposed shift of area mail processing from Grand Junction to Denver. … Read More

Morristown backs out of Post Office purchase; mayor cites renovation costs

Steve HutkinsNews Municipal plans to buy the Morristown Post Office got stamped “return to sender” on Tuesday. After a closed-session briefing by the administration, the town council quietly agreed to withdraw from a $3 million contract to buy the historic 108-year-old structure across from the Morristown Green. Council members were told renovations would have cost around $24 million — about 12 times more than … Read More

Virginia has the worst mail service in the country, by far. We figured out why.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Last summer, United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy laid out what he called a “splendid vision” for the future of the Postal Service. In his vision, one of America’s oldest agencies would shed the shackles of inefficiency and become greener, leaner, and finally competitive with logistics titans like Amazon. DeJoy said his plan — Delivering for America — … Read More

Delivery delays: Critics of new Postal Service policy say it could slow mail delivery, especially in rural Oregon

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Baker City Herald: A U.S. Postal Service policy that took effect in late February in Oregon means outgoing mail at more than two dozen mostly rural post offices in Northeast Oregon will be picked up later than it has been. Critics say the change could result in some pieces of mail, including packages as well as first class letters, being … Read More