The Postal Service shares some lists: Closures, Suspensions, VPOs, CPUs, and Retail Channels

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Yesterday the Postal Service provided the Postal Regulatory Commission with some lists and other material for the annual compliance report.  They include the post offices that were closed and suspended during fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012), as well as information about retail revenue sources and Contract Postal Units (CPUs) and Village Post Offices (VPOs). You … Read More

What were you thinking, Mr. President? Obama nominates Hammond to the PRC

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On Friday the White House announced that President Obama was nominating Tony Hammond as the fifth commissioner on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  No offense to Mr. Hammond, but that’s probably not good news for communities trying to save their post office or processing plant, and it’s not good news for postal workers either. The PRC is supposed to have five … Read More

What does it take to save a post office? Looking at appeals on closings

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Yesterday, the Postal Regulatory Commission rejected three more appeals to save post offices — in Minneapolis, NC; Chillicothe, IA; and Pilot Grove, IA.  But the PRC finally ruled in favor of a community seeking to save its post office.  The ruling on Innis, Louisiana, “remands” the “Final Determination” to close the post office back to the Postal Service for further consideration.  That may or … 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

The Postal Service Runs Amok: How Not to Close a Post Office

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In the classic guidebook for lawyers,The Art of Cross-Examination, Francis Wellman advises, “A lawyer should never ask a witness in cross-examination a question unless in the first place the lawyer knows what the answer would be or in the second place didn’t care.”  This week lawyers for the Postal Service cross-examined Mark Strong, president of the National League of Postmasters, … Read More

Without rhyme or reason: The PRC turns down the Akron appeal

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Earlier this week the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) turned down an appeal that would have required the Postal Service to reconsider its decision to close the Goodyear Heights post office in East Akron, Ohio.  It was a decision without rhyme or reason, and it does not bode well for future appeals. The PRC seems just as determined to affirm closing … Read More

The Postal Service Does Itself No Favors

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It was a bad day for the post office.  On Tuesday (Aug. 30), the Postal Regulatory Commission denied an appeal to save the post office in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.  If ever there were a post office that deserved a second chance, this was it, and the PRC’s ruling is very disappointing. Until it closed in May, Gwynedd had had a post … Read More

Two can play that game: The PRC changes the rules for appeals

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Changing the rules in the middle of the game?  Looks like two can play that game. In July, the Postal Service changed the rules for closing post offices.  Some of the changes were responses to criticisms made by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) about how the Postal Service was making it difficult for patrons to protest a post office closing.  … Read More

The Smartest Guys in the Room

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It looks like there are some guys over in L’Enfant Plaza having a goof making graphs and charts to show why they need to close thousands of post offices.  If the stakes weren’t so high and the damage to communities so great, it might be amusing watching these pranksters at work.   These are "the smartest guys in the room," … Read More