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Postmaster General statement on U.S. Postal Service stimulus needs
Postmaster General statement on U.S. Postal Service stimulus needs

"The men and women of the United States Postal Service provide an essential public service and bind the nation together as a part of the country's critical infrastructure. At least six days per week, and in some instances seven, Postal Service employees accept, process, transport, and deliver vital mail and packages like medicine, products that sustain us, benefits checks, and important information, in every community, to every home and residence, and we will continue to do so. As Americans are urged to stay home, the importance of the mail will only grow as people, including those in rural areas and senior citizens, will need access to vital communications, essential packages and other necessities.

We are at a critical juncture in the life of the Postal Service. ..

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Postal Service again suffers from its half caff governmental status
Postal Service again suffers from its half caff governmental status

The United States Post Service is once again in the cross-hairs of the government that most of us persist in thinking it is a part of. It is. And it isn't. It depends on who you ask. And why you're asking.

The Postal Service suffers intermittently at the hands of elected officials that don't seem to want to ever understand or acknowledge that mail delivery is a government service. Unlike other government agencies, the VA, Health and Human Services, Transportation, the USPS is required to be profitable.

It's a "quasi-governmental" agency. That equates the USPS status to a factory floor temp - all the work of permanent employees, but few of the benefits.

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USPS the Scorched Earth Strategy: Post Office under New Corporate Ownership   - Possible Realities
USPS the Scorched Earth Strategy: Post Office under New Corporate Ownership - Possible Realities

(Clinton KY April 14, 2020) The story that follows are 12 of my fears for what may happen if President Trump is successful in "auctioning off" the assets and operations of the Postal System into very private corporate hands.

Many of these points have already been discussed within the past five years.

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Business

How to Define the New Economy in the year 2020

New economy is a buzzword describing new, high-growth industries that are on the cutting edge of technology and are the driving force of economic growth. The new economy is commonly believed to have started in the late 1990s, as high tech tools, particularly the internet and increasingly powerful computers, made their way into the consumer and business marketplace.

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Community and Regional News

Tradition: carrying on - a reprise from 2013
Marie Edwards- service with a smile even in the snow and cold
Tradition: carrying on - a reprise from 2013

The Good: People and Tradition at Their Best

....And then there was Marie. I saw her, a lone figure in uniform, walking up and down the street.

She is our mail lady. Each day somewhere between 9:30 am and 10:15 am, she makes the rounds of our part of the universe... No matter the weather, rain, snow, and extreme heat or like today, perfect 50 degrees with bright sunshine, she always has a kind word for you and a warm felt smile...

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Reprise 2010 Taking out a post office is a community affair
Reprise 2010 Taking out a post office is a community affair

The Bad: Failure of Command, a Modern Day Fable

...The post office, like an aging battleship, is seeking a safe port in the storm. Of course the era of great battleships is long gone. But in their day, they ruled the oceans with their power and national pride. Progress and technical innovation (aircraft carriers) did them in.

Much of the same problem confronts the modern day post office...

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