March 8, 2010
You've heard this story before: Business is down, obligations to retired employees are growing and management is considering layoffs and service shutdowns one day a week. In this case, the organization in trouble is the United States Postal Service, which is projected to lose $7 billion this year and as much as $238 billion over the next decade. After commissioning several financial and management studies, the Postal Service is asking Congress for permission to end Saturday delivery. Postal Service customers -- virtually everyone in the United States -- should take a harder-headed look at the situation.
August 8, 2012 |
The U.S. Postal Serviceis in trouble, and there's no telling whether it will survive. It's been battered by the Internet and a dragging economy, besieged by commercial competitors and stymied in its efforts to trim a costly web of post offices and delivery routes. On Aug. 1, it defaulted on a $5.5-billion payment to the U.S. Treasury for future retiree health benefits. Some think that it's time to privatize the service, bringing an end to one of our oldest federal institutions. The outlook is grim, though the crisis is not unprecedented.
December 14, 2011 |
Ringing like a Salvation Army bell, more Christmas-themed outrage is in the air. This time, it's a kerfuffle over some holiday carolers being ejected from a post office in a Maryland suburb outside Washington. It seems that the carolers, dressed like something out of Dickens, ran afoul of a federal law that prohibits organized groups from assembling on post office property. It's likely no one would have heard about it, except that J.P. Duffy, a spokesman for the influential conservative advocacy group the Family Research Council, was among the dozens of patrons at the post office in Aspen Hill, Md, on Saturday.
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June 26, 2013 |
Members of the Santa Monica Conservancy, a preservation group, plan to hold a rally at the city's post office at 5th Street and Arizona Avenue at 11 a.m. Saturday, the last day of its operation. The U.S. Postal Service announced a year ago that it would sell the building, and the conservancy and others have since been advocating for its preservation. In 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the nation's historic post offices on its annual list of endangered places.
April 10, 1994
In his March 24 letter, Gary A. Robb gets up in arms over the prospect of a government-administered health care program. He offers the post office as the kind of management he fears. Actually, what he should fear is the reverse: having the health care guys running the post office. Between 1967 and 1990, hospital care costs rose 1,200% while the cost of a first-class stamp went up only 417% (6 cents to 25 cents)--about equal to the consumer price index. TILDA DE WOLFE Monterey Park Once again, a government agency can't balance its budget, so it's raising prices.