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March 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Postal Service will run out of money this year unless it gets help, Postmaster General John E. Potter told Congress as he sought permission to cut delivery to five days a week. "We are facing losses of historic proportion. Our situation is critical," Potter told the House Oversight post office subcommittee. The agency lost $2.8 billion last year and is looking at much larger losses this year. Reducing mail delivery from six days to five days a week could save $3.5 billion annually, he said.
July 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The U.S. Postal Service is requiring vendors to use environmentally friendly materials to create envelopes and packages that carry 500 million Priority Mail and Express Mail shipments annually. Packaging-products suppliers including Bell Inc. must use materials that can be recycled and won't harm the environment, Postmaster Gen. John E. Potter said. The changes apply to 10 direct suppliers and 200 makers of products such as glue, ink and paper.
May 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
The men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II will be honored with a 37-cent postage stamp. The stamp will go on sale at post offices nationwide on May 29, the same day of formal dedication ceremonies for the National World War II Memorial here. "This stamp will recognize and pay tribute to the men and women -- from the front lines to the home front -- who worked to preserve the freedom of our great nation during World War II," said Postmaster General John E. Potter.
November 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Nancy Reagan joined Postmaster General John E. Potter on Tuesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Simi Valley to unveil a commemorative postage stamp honoring the nation's 40th president. "The United States Postal Service is honoring the man who was known by his fellow Americans as the Great Communicator," Potter said. "He understood the value of the written word.... He wrote, and mailed, more than 10,000 letters during his incredible lifetime."
April 23, 2008 | James Hohmann
Former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar was one five distinguished journalists commemorated on a series of postage stamps issued Tuesday by the Postal Service. The series, intended to recognize journalists who broke barriers or showed great courage, features Martha Gellhorn, John Hersey, George Polk, Eric Sevareid and Salazar. First-day-issue dedication ceremonies for the 42-cent stamps were held at the National Press Club in Washington as part of the Press Club's 100th anniversary, and at the Los Angeles Times.
July 28, 2006 | From Reuters
The U.S. Postal Service frequently cannot give customers an accurate estimate of when their mail will be delivered, a government report said Thursday. The Government Accountability Office said the Postal Service's delivery standards were out of date, leaving those shipping bulk mail, parcels and other items wondering whether it would arrive on time.
May 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Career postal executive John E. Potter is expected to be named the next postmaster general. Industry speculation has focused on Potter, and postal sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the choice Saturday. Both the Assn. for Postal Commerce and Direct Marketing News were reporting Potter's probable selection. The Postal Service is expected to make the formal announcement Monday. Postal officials had no immediate comment on the report Saturday.
January 29, 2009 | Sarah Gantz
The nation's postmaster general says delivering mail six days a week may no longer be feasible for an agency facing deficits in the billions. John E. Potter told a congressional panel Wednesday that cutting mail delivery by one day a week may be necessary to curb a projected loss of more than $6 billion for this fiscal year. He asked a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee to lift the six-day delivery requirement mandated in 1983.
March 29, 2010 | By Clement Tan
The discussed demise of Saturday mail delivery would become a reality early next year under a cost-cutting U.S. Postal Service plan unveiled Monday that would also slash thousands of front-line jobs. "Given the fact that we're facing such a huge deficit, we'd like to move as quickly as possible," Postmaster General John E. Potter told a news conference. Faced with a projected $238-billion deficit over the next decade, the Postal Service board of governors approved the cuts last week and ordered Potter to submit the proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.
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