Who’s who in the Postal Service debate? You can’t tell the players without a scorecard

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What do the billionaire Koch brothers, whose money fueled the war against public workers in Wisconsin, have to do with postal reform?  Why does the consulting firm of McKinsey & Co—in the news recently because of its controversial study on Obama’s health care plan—play a part in the Postal Service’s plans to close post offices?  How have conservative think tanks … Read More

Postal Service says, oops, didn’t mean to send those closure letters—yet

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If you’ve been reading the news accounts of town meetings with USPS representatives that are held when they’re considering a post office for closure, you’ve heard this one before.  The citizens at the hearing just didn’t feel the representatives of the Postal Service were really listening.  It’s like the decision was already made.  Turns out that wasn’t just a feeling. … Read More

The Postmaster General talks about privatization and real estate

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If you’re a masochist or have nothing better to do, you might watch the video of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s appearance on the Larry Kudlow show last week.  Kudlow begins the segment saying, “The US Postal Service is in big trouble, and now there’s talk tonight in Congress of a bailout. . . . Isn’t it time to end the … Read More

Now we’re talking: Iowa calls for a moratorium on closings

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Day after day, month after month, it’s been nothing but bad news and critical editorials about how much money the Postal Service is losing, why it has to close thousands of post offices, and what Congress—and taxpayers—may need to do to rescue the postal system.  There have also been hundreds of news items about the closing, or impending closure, of … Read More

Talk about wanting to close a lot of post offices

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the  chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has introduced a bill, H.R. 2309, to reform the Postal Service. Among other things, it would create a Commission on Postal Reorganization “to review postal infrastructure and recommend closures and consolidations to Congress, that will ultimately save the Postal Service at least $2 billion a … Read More

“You take it for granted until it’s gone”

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So you need to stop by the post office to mail a package, and you notice there aren’t any cars in the parking lot, and then you discover that the doors are locked and there are a couple of notes taped to the door saying the post office has been closed permanently. “What’s that all about?” you wonder.  “I knew … Read More