If the Postal Service were private

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The Wall Street Journal editorial bashing the USPS that we noted a couple of days ago continues to stir up controversy.  The blog "Dead Tree Edition," which follows the production and distribution of magazines and catalogs, provides a thorough debunking of the Journal piece, and it makes the additional point that the Postal Service gives the Journal special treatment: "Within … Read More

More closings out west

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There's been postal service in the small town of Cora, Wyoming, for the past 120 years.  That may come to an end soon.  Cora has received notice that the post office is being studied for closure or consolidation.  The current postmaster said she was not authorized to speak to reporters about the possible closure, but former Cora postmaster Pat Poletti, … Read More

Rescuing the USPS: Bailout or restructuring?

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Yesterday's Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed piece entitled "The Coming Postal Bailout: Congress wants taxpayers to save mail worker pensions."  The editorial argues that because the Postal Service is about to use up its $15 billion line of credit with the federal government, the USPS is going to have to ask for a "taypayer bailout."  But is helping the … Read More

Another historic post office closing

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The post office has stood on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, NC, for 134 years.  It will close on July 15.  As the Raleigh News & Observer reports, "Finished in 1877 at a cost of $400,000, the building at Fayetteville and West Hargett streets was the first post office built in the South after the Civil War. . . .  … Read More

It’s Friday the 13th: Let’s Kill the Post Office

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It's Friday the 13th, and Fox Business contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano has a scary thought: "Let's Abolish the Post Office."  According to Napolitano's latest "Freedom Watch" column, the postal service is a "Soviet-style behemoth" and an inefficient, non-competitive "dinosaur," and the only reason it even exists is because politicians are pandering to voters.  Don't think Napolitano is alone.  Conservative think tanks like … Read More

Say It Ain’t So, Obama

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President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Robert G. Taub as Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  That's bad news for those concerned about post office closings.  Taub, who's a former aide to a Republican Congressman, was instrumental in developing the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which is one of the reasons the Postal Service is in such financial straits. … Read More