Merry-go-round at the mall: From post office to kiosk

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It wasn’t an historic building, it wasn’t even a stand-alone brick-and-mortar post office.  It was just a storefront in a shopping mall.  But the post office in the Carousel Center in Syracuse, New York, had been serving its patrons for over 20 years, and when it closed in April, they felt a real loss. In the comments for a news … Read More

Tearing Down the House: The Selling of the Post Office

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A few days ago, US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe compared the financial problems of the Postal Service to a fiscal failure abroad. “"Look what's going on in Greece,” he said. “There's nothing safe.”  The comparison between Greece and the Postal Service is apt, but not in the way the Postmaster General probably meant.  The causes of the Greek mess are … Read More

Last day at Pass-a-Grille

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The post office in Pass-a-Grille, Florida, in operation for almost 106 years, closed on Friday.  The St. Petersburg Times has a beatiful piece by Leonora LaPeter Anton on the post office’s last day: “Tearful locals bid farewell to tiny, historic Pass-a-Grille post office.” “It’s sad,” said Marsha Anderson, who has lived here for 35 years. “It’s like a funeral. It’s … Read More

A Sense of Place: New Deal Post Office in Fort Worth, For Sale?

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In the mid-nineteenth century, Fort Worth, Texas, became the center of the cattle drives of the legendary Chisholm Trail, earning it the nickname “Cowtown.” The railroad arrived in 1876, ushering in another boom and a new nickname, “Queen City of the Prairies.”  The cowboys whooped it up in dozens of saloons and bawdy houses, and Forth Worth got itself yet … Read More

Privatization of the Postal Service: New Litmus Test for Republicans?

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Is favoring the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service becoming a new litmus test to determine the conservative bona fides of Republican candidates for president?  It’s looking that way. Speaking at the University of Chicago June 7, presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty specifically mentioned the Postal Service in his list of government agencies that should be turned over to the private … Read More

Mass media hypnosis

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Last week, US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, commenting on his efforts to protect postal jobs, compared the financial problems of the Postal Service to a fiscal failure abroad. “"Look what's going on in Greece,” he said. “There's nothing safe.”  The doomsday talk just gets shriller.  The Ross committee brings forth witnesses to testify that the Postal Service must make drastic … Read More