In Dubious Battle: The Postal Service, Congress, and Verizon go at it

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Congress and the Postal Service are locked in a brutal face-off, with the future of the post office at stake.  An angry Congressman writes the Postmaster General accusing postal officials of uttering falsehoods.  The Postal Service defends itself by blaming an Internet provider.  No, we’re not talking about Darrell Issa, postal D-day, the historic default on the $5.6 billion payment … Read More

Discontinuances discontinued: Where have all the closures gone?

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The Postal Service may be taking a new line on downsizing its retail network.  Instead of big plans and long lists of potential closures, the Postal Service is apparently adopting a more incremental approach. After years of talking about closing thousands of post offices — after all the announcements of new initiatives, after all the town meetings, advisory opinions, appeals, … Read More

Double Trouble: DUOed & lease expiring

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There are two signs your post office may be in danger of closing: The Postal Service is moving the carriers to another facility — that’s called Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) — or the lease is set to expire over the coming months.  You’ve got double trouble if both of those things are happening.  It could be that the Postal Service … 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

The Annexation of the Post Office

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A new trend is emerging.  The Postal Service is closing post offices in downtown areas and busy shopping centers, and moving retail services to a carrier annex on the outskirts of town.  The “annexation” process began a long time ago, when the Postal Service started moving carriers from the main post office or a branch out to an annex, leaving … Read More

Citizens Rally to Save the Berkeley Post Office

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About a hundred people gathered for a rally in front of the post office in Berkeley, California, yesterday.  The historic 1915 post office is for sale, and the citizens of Berkeley are going to do everything they can to stop what New Deal geographer Gray Brechin calls “an old fashioned 19th century land grab.” There’s more on the story in the … Read More