Arkansas Update: Post Offices Off the Closing Lists

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Word comes from Arkansas today that a dozen post offices, as well as a couple of others we'd heard about previously, have been removed from the list of those in the state being studied for closure under the Retail Access Optimization Initiative.  That's brings to nearly a hundred the number of post offices removed from the RAOI (most of them … Read More

Philistines at the Gate: The Venice Post Office on the Chopping Block

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On Monday of this week, Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), will be speaking in Venice, California, at a meeting of the Venice Post Office Task Force.  The subject of the meeting: the fate of the Venice Main Post Office, a beautiful example of New Deal architecture, which the Postal Service has decided to close and sell, … Read More

The Twisted Logic of the Postal Service: Fewer post offices, and more post offices without a postmaster

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It takes a lot of imagination to destroy an institution as big and durable as the U. S. Postal Service, but the executives in L'Enfant Plaza keep coming up with bold new ideas for doing just that. Today the Postal Service published its “Final Rule” on “amending its regulations to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation … 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

Out of Thin Air: New Numbers on Declining Mail Volumes

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Someone please give Phil Herr at the GAO a Xanax.  The guy has been focused on USPS doomsday scenarios for so long, it’s apparently making him depressed and clouding his vision.  His new GAO report paints a dire picture of the Postal Service’s future, but it’s based on numbers that seem to be pulled out of thin air. A few … Read More

A Conflict of Visions: The Pension Dispute, Periodicals Mail, and the Great Postal Debate

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GUEST POST BY POSTMASTER MARK JAMISON Two competing visions are defining the great postal debate of 2011.  The management of the Postal Service, along with the mainstream media and many stakeholders in the mail industry, are advancing a narrative that blames the Internet and postal workers for the “crisis” in the postal system.  The Internet is making the post office … Read More

NALC Brings in the Big Guns

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The National Association of Letter Carriers has apparently decided it’s time to bring in the big guns to defend the interests of its members.  In a press release today, NALC announced that it has retained the services of the investment bank Lazard Group, LLC, and Ron Bloom, former assistant to President Barack Obama for Manufacturing Policy.  Lazard and Bloom will … Read More

Here Come the Closings, Starting with the A’s

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Yesterday the Postal Service announced that twenty-one post offices in Alabama would be closing in November and December, and today there’s word that some in Arkansas are closing as well, so it looks like the Postal Service is working its way through the alphabet.   Next week we’ll probably hear about closings in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  It’s only been a … Read More

The Ed Show, once again, with a helpful commentary

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With one caveat: Ed blames the Republicans for PAEA and the health-care pre-funding problem, but Democrats can take their share of the blame, too.  Plus, the effort to protect post offices has historically been bipartisan, and it's going to take members of both parties to step up again. Still, a helpful comment from Ed: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world … Read More