Fiasco in Freistatt: How the Post Office Became a Cluster Box

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BY MARK JAMISON The Postal Service didn’t think the folks in Freistatt, Missouri, should have a post office, so they closed it. The Postal Service didn’t think the folks in Freistatt, Missouri, should get rural carrier delivery like their neighbors, so they tricked the town into accepting cluster boxes. Now the Postal Service doesn’t think the folks in Freistatt, Missouri, … Read More

What it’s all about: The war on workers goes to the post office

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BY MARK JAMISON What if the postal crisis we’ve read about over the last five years isn’t really about saving the Postal Service after all?  What if the story really isn’t about an archaic Federal agency struggling to find a business plan in the face of technological change?  Could the real story be much simpler than that?  Maybe the real … Read More

USPS: A wholly owned subsidiary of Mailers Inc.

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BY MARK JAMISON I am a card-carrying member of the DAV — Disabled American Veterans.   The organization has been a wonderful source of support over the years and does fine work on behalf of veterans. So I was disappointed to discover DAV on the membership list of PostCom, the postal lobbying association that represents businesses and organizations that use the … Read More

Betrayal without remedy: The unwinding of the Postal Service

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BY MARK JAMISON The United States Postal Service is not a corporation in the traditional sense of the word, but that hasn’t stopped its leadership — the folks at L’Enfant Plaza and the men and women who sit on the Board of Governors — from viewing it primarily as a corporate entity.  The post office is in the Constitution, but that … Read More

It’s Presidents’ Day: The good, the bad, and the BOG

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BY MARK JAMISON On Wednesday, February 7, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe stood before members of the press and the American people to announce that the Postal Service would end Saturday mail delivery and collections in August.  An announcement like this was inevitable.  No one who has followed the travails of the Postal Service over the past few years could have … Read More

At what price profit? The battle for the soul of the Postal Service

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BY MARK JAMISON The new year has begun, and the country is still waiting for Congress to address the problems facing the Postal Service.  In the meantime, the Postmaster General blames the crisis on congressional inaction and the diversion of first class mail to the Internet.  His solution is to cut services to the public, eliminate jobs, and dismantle the infrastructure … Read More

Manufacturing Emergencies: An open letter to the PRC on post office suspensions

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BY MARK JAMISON [The following letter was recently sent to the Postal Regulatory Commission and Chairman Goldway in response to issues arising from the implementation of POStPlan.] Dear Chairman Goldway, I am writing to you directly but I hope you will share these comments with the other commissioners. As you are aware, I was very critical of the decision in … Read More

How the Postal Service foundered: Parceling out the responsibility

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BY MARK JAMISON Over the last several months the situation surrounding the fate of the Postal Service has become increasingly clear. How can that possibly be the case, when Congress has utterly failed in its efforts to pass postal reform legislation, when mail volumes continue to drop, when troubling news about financial losses continue to appear, and when the agency … Read More

Ignorance, incompetence, favoritism, bullying, and obsession: Just another day at the Post Office

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BY MARK JAMISON On September 30, 2001, the management of the Postal Service published a document entitled Outline for Discussion: Concepts for Postal Transformation.  As the title suggests, this document described the terms of future discussions about what the Postal Service was and what it should become.  In April of 2002, the Postal Service issued another document, this one entitled … Read More

HuffPost talks Post Office

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Huffington Post’s new streaming television station did a spot on the Postal Service yesterday, and one of the guests was Mark Jamison, former USPS postmaster and a regular contributor to Save the Post Office:

To NSA or not to NSA? The Valassis Question

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BY MARK JAMISON I would earnestly warn you against trying to find out the reason for and explanation of everything….  To try and find out the reason for everything is very dangerous and leads to nothing but disappointment and dissatisfaction, unsettling your mind and in the end making you miserable. — Queen Victoria to her granddaughter Why would the Postal … Read More

On behalf of infrastructure: Rethinking the postal environment

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BY MARK JAMISON It's been four years since the Great Recession began to take its toll on postal revenues, and we appear no closer to a resolution to the crisis than when it first arose.  Of course, if one looks at it from an historical perspective, the Postal Service has faced an existential crisis since 1968, when the Kappel Commission issued … Read More

By Default or Design: The Demise of the Postal Service

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BY MARK JAMISON, FORMER U.S. POSTMASTER Default.  It’s an ugly and dangerous word.  It gives the impression that the individual or enterprise attached to it has utterly failed.  It implies defeat and irresponsibility.   The news media use the word with relish.  Like a car crash, a hurricane, or a murder, it sells newspapers.  Combined with the word “bailout,” it’s … Read More

“A half-vast plan”: A postmaster comments on POStPlan

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[Today, Postmaster Mark Jamison of Webster, North Carolina, shared these comments on POStPlan with the Postal Regulatory Commission.] July 27, 2012 Commissioners, I am not an intervener in this docket. I understand that these comments cannot become a part of the record and may not have an impact on your deliberations in this case. I hope, however, that you will … Read More

Free the Post Office

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BY MARK JAMISON The United States Postal Service has abandoned the American people.  At the direction of its Board of Governors and through the efforts of its primary officer, the Postmaster General, it has abandoned its mission of service and its basic responsibilities to the citizens of this country. In place of an uplifting vision of binding the nation together, … Read More