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Postal Service reform bill set for release

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

If Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) gets his way, the U.S. Postal Service could soon end Saturday mail deliveries, close thousands of post offices and open new ones in grocery stores. The agency would also recover overpayments to a federal employee retirement fund and use the money to provide health benefits for retired postal workers.

Oh, and you might be able to ship beer and wine.

Carper, a longtime ally of postal leadership, on Thursday will unveil a bill designed to give the Postal Service more flexibility on major operational and financial decisions without congressional approval. It essentially copies and pastes proposals introduced in March by Postmaster General John E. Potter and then adds a few more.

Potter wants greater independence from lawmakers despite the Postal Service's quasi-government role and on Wednesday voiced approval for Carper's bill, saying it allows USPS "to step into the 21st century."

The bill would lift restrictions on the types of products and services the Postal Service sells and when and where it operates. Potter wants to end Saturday mail deliveries, close post offices and open for business in nearby retail outlets. He also wants to explore selling banking or insurance services.

Carper's bill goes a step further by permitting USPS to work with state governments to provide voter registration forms and driver's license applications at postal locations.

The new proposals go well beyond a House package introduced this year, and they come one week before the Postal Service is set to report billions in losses for fiscal 2010.

But with lawmakers tied up in tax cut debates and little else before the midterm election recess, Carper's legislation isn't likely to advance this year.

Lawmakers are expected to provide financial relief to the Postal Service in a temporary measure that would fund other federal agencies, according to multiple sources. The continuing resolution would reduce for one year the Postal Service's annual $6 billion payment to pre-fund retiree health benefits.

Carper's bill would allow the Postal Service to make those payments by recouping $5 billion a year of the $50 billion overpayment it's made over the last four decades to the Civil Service Retirement System.

"If we do nothing, we face a future without the valuable services the Postal Service provides," Carper said. "However, if we act quickly, we can turn things around by passing this necessary bill that would give the Postal Service the room it needs to manage itself and avoid it becoming the latest victim of Congressional gridlock."

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House committee that oversees postal issues, called Carper's proposal "a thinly disguised taxpayer funded bailout" for an organization that was expected to pay for itself when it became a self-funding agency almost 40 years ago.

William Burrus, president of the American Postal Workers Union, said it was unfair and unnecessary for the bill to require that arbitrators consider the Postal Service's financial condition during labor negotiations.

"Anyone that would allege that arbitrators have not considered the financial health of the Postal Service in the past haven't been in negotiations," Burrus said.

He also knocked Carper's plan to allow postal customers to send beer and wine in the mail, ending a prohibition-era ban on such shipments.

"I'm a wine connoisseur, but is allowing the Postal Service to ship beer and wine and closing small post offices while the organization is losing billions really the answer?" Burrus asked.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

We federal employees are highly compensated because we are worth it, to all of you.
We offer a service which you people will pay almost anything for - not going to prison for tax evasion. We could raise taxes 4X, and you people would all find a way to pay it.
Since we undercharge so much, we truly are public servants.

http://youareproperty.blogspot.com/2010/08/we-federal-employees-are-worth-double.html

Posted by: kfed | September 23, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

We federal employees are highly compensated because we are worth it, to all of you.
We offer a service which you people will pay almost anything for - not going to prison for tax evasion. We could raise taxes 4X, and you people would all find a way to pay it.
Since we undercharge so much, we truly are public servants.

http://youareproperty.blogspot.com/2010/08/we-federal-employees-are-worth-double.html

Posted by: kfed | September 23, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

I have what I think is a better idea: Reorganize the Postal Service so that it only does what it does best: Local pickup and delivery. Have it contract with the various carriers, such as UPS and Fedex, to provide the Line Haul Transportation between destinations, and likewise contract with those carriers to provide exclusive Pickup and Delivery and local transport within Zip Code areas. This would restore Seven Day Pickup and Delivery, and simplify the issue of Competition to the level of Line Haul Competition. The public would benefit by regaining maximum frequency of pickup and delivery, and the Post Office would be streamlined to a single purpose carrier.

Posted by: cseon | September 23, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse


You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price by calling 877-882-4740 or check http://bit.ly/9fDY7U If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!


Posted by: chadwick23 | September 23, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Like Chicago, the Postal Service ain't ready for reform.

Posted by: JONWINDY | September 23, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Too bad that the Postal Service bill won't be addressed this year. We don't need Saturday service and having the postal service in grocery stores and other convenient places makes a lot of sense to me. I would really like to go to the Grocery Store and stop at the Postal counter and get my Drivers License. Time to come on into the twenty first century USPS.

Posted by: postitall4 | September 23, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Rather than close Post Offices and end mail on Saturdays, how about raising rates? The United States, including its territories, is a gigantic and far-flung country, yet its postal rates are lower than those of many small countries.

Second, what is wrong with a small government subsidy for the Postal Service? If you want first-world services, you have to pay for them!

Posted by: AnonymousBE1 | September 23, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

The po is losing billions of dollars a year and this proposal will not solve the problem - They need to deliver mail three days a week some get mail on Mon, Wed and Fri and the others Tues, Thur and Sat this would solve the problem -
they would only need half the number of vehicles - less gas, less employees - take a tip from the ice man, milk man and bread man - if people want mail everyday go to the Post Office

Posted by: artie41 | September 23, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

It is outrageous that the Federal government does not retake the responsibility for the Postal Service. Cutting it loose sounds like another crack-brained 'Publican idea to screw the public so that their rich benefactors can enjoy tax cuts. We cannot expect much from any form of government, local, state, or federal, but we should demand adequate postal and rail service.

As to mailing wine, I am all for it; the penny-ante liquor lobby has managed to keep many of us from enjoying the fruits of various US and foreign wine-growing districts; that, I think, is an abridgement of my freedom.

Posted by: mini2 | September 23, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I've been at the usps for years. It would be a dis-service to the employee to stop weekends delivery for customer as well and to have beer and wine shipped into the mail systems I've seen it done and it not a very postive picture. While everyone is looking down on the postal service people fail to realize that upper management and the supervisor make large salary and they never worked on the floor when congressional people come into the facility they clean up their acts, we know just what need to be done with their wrong decision at times it cause the mail to be delayed or uprooted. They get bonuses up to 100 thousand of dollars and the actual workers don't it sad the service is going down because the manager have made wrong decisions and now the employee are hurting because of this look at the Osha fines that could have been avoided if they had done the right thing. Jobs are being lost bur not one manager that making six figure is being affected, you got superisior looking at medical record which is wrong but it happening, you got supervisor that are injury and they just walk around doing nothing but laughing and joking all day and they got hard working employee sitting in a room doing nothing, and the plant manager gotten all her family in the service as managers and no one even look to see that never should happen but their job at not at risk. Then you have the favor of some employee that are not injury on duty and they have them sitting in- plant support so the employee that being reassed can't see or report this. It so unfair that the postal service can't do the right thing and correct and stop getting these large bonus and salary for just sitting in an office. The salary of the manager can solve a great deal of the problems within the service, when a manager leave they get a million dollar home, huge retirement and do that make since when you are hurting evey. Even Potterour postaster make a hugh salary andthen gave himself that 847,000 raise and the employyy can't get a 1.2 is that fair. Congress need tostay involved withthe posatl service. Believe me is it fair that two faciliyt allow their family to get superior treatment over the employee that been theirforyears. Even now some employee that a favorites of manager don't have to sit inthe darn room, and you got injury abnd compensation office that the manager treat you like no thing even get your paper work down labor late or the lose it and you have to proof you submit it at all cost they make you lose you case. Family and friends get the promotions, they the best jobs and weall see this everyday, andnow the union don't even no how to repose to what we all see. Yes, congress look at how all the employee worked hard and some got hurt but what about the extremely large salary again of the postal upper management & supervisor why aren't they being cut. The regular employee and hurt employee that being force to leave and why can't someone see the real picture.

Posted by: ea6012 | September 23, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Ship beer and wine? It's already done - you just don't tell the clerk when you're mailing.

Posted by: borealis998 | September 23, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

My grocery store closed, taking with it the express postal service office I used constantly. It was even open weekends. I see nothing wrong with postal offices in retail outlets and stopping Saturday service if it will save money. Raising rates is not the answer to those of us on limited incomes who budget, yes budget right down to the price of a stamp. If these proposals save money, I am all for it.

Posted by: gleedcar | September 23, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm 54 and have never had a problem with the USPS. If memory serves, I can think of just one letter I've mailed that didn't arrive. And, as far as I know, I've received all that were mailed to me. Are some reforms needed? Sure. But the bashing is disingenous. We can do without Saturday service.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 23, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

If the Postal Service wants all of the flexibility outlined in the article to operate as a for profit business operates, then cut off all federal subsidy. They use federal personnel rules to protect who can get post office jobs, but don't want to follow what have been government standards of performance for years. The postal operations were established long ago to provide the delivery of communications six days a week and were restricted to interactions between people and businesses in a manner that did not endanger communications (no fireworks, no flammables, no liquids, etc. - you have seen the rules and heard the questions). Parcel delivery companies handle the hard stuff, the heavy stuff, and the dangerous stuff as they should. Moving from one site to many sites is not going to improve anything. The mail will have to be picked up at dozens of sites more than exist today, so where is the economy in that?

The postal service has to look at what it charges for what services it delivers, get rid of junk mail (pizza ads, grocery flyers, insurance mass distributions on card formats, etc.), make advertisers pay full rates like you and I pay for each letter, and focus on their job, not expansion into other people's businesses. NO bank operation, no insurance operation, get out of the greeting card business, etc. and just deliver the mail. IF they want federal subsidies, let them earn them by working with other federal agencies (passports, etc.) to serve the public.

Posted by: ronjeske | September 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Ea6012, how right you are. I am so sorry so few people will read you .nor understand. All of the "developed" countries are the same- huge salaries to morons who do not have a clue about reality. Get rid of them. They are superfluous to the sane running of vital institutions.it is called "self -interst" They are a total waste of space.One solution to your problems , may be set up the Post Offices as a "business'. Let them operate as "local banks" particularly for Govt. benefit payments, and as a Savings Bank. Let them,the Post Offices compete as businesses, in their own right.Compete with the "big Boys"But, no, it will not be allowed, as competing with the "big Boys" is not allowed.They,the big boys, are a "protected species".Absolutely disgusting-no competiton allowed, except where the "big boys" cannot do the job.Because ,they would lose money. so, the big boys ONLY operate where a guaranteed profit is mandated.Post Office can be profitable, but it requires a total re-think,about how they operate. Which is anathema to the big boys.They have too much power, in the scheme of things to allow that to happen. So sad.

Posted by: wilmar390 | September 23, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Ah,ronjeske, afraid of competition ,are we?Who are trying to protect?Let the Post Office be set up as a fully fledged commercial enterprise, 100% owned by the Govt.. Allow it to compete with the "big boys" And guess what will happen- the "big boys" will employ their lobbyists to KILL any attempt at making the Postal Service, a profit making enterprise.Which it can easily be, if right thinking people are allowed to run it

Posted by: wilmar390 | September 23, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The USPS should stick to first class pick up and delivery. Parcels should be accepted on behalf of UPS and FedEx, but then the companies take it from there. Don't forget, it was not until 1913 that the USPOD got into the parcel business, before that, express companies handled it. Time to go back. Close most service windows at post offices, and like Canada, put in branches in supermarkets and drug stores. Look into how to divert certified/registered mail to the companies as well.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | September 23, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I am not a Federal employee, I am a Federal contractor. I 100% agree that Federal workers are underpaid. If we paid Federal workers more, the government wouldn't have to hire contractors like me to do the work that the government currently can't hire its own employees for. Instead, I would be a Federal employee. Why do we have private companies like Lockheed Martin developing our military weapons and strategies?

Posted by: kimk1 | September 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

How am I going to get my Netflix if they stop delivering the mail on Saturday. I want Sunday delivery.

Posted by: chanceygardener | September 23, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I am for shipping wine and beer for one reason: it would allow specialty small wineries and micro-breweries a chance to reach a wider audience. It would encourage competition in wine/beer markets. I think that would be good for the economy.

Posted by: kimk1 | September 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Quadruple the rates for junk mail. They may call it 'advertising' but it's junk to me. I've never purchased anything they advertise. I stand next to a trash can when I open my mail and most of it goes right into the circular file. No Saturday delivery is OK with me, too. For a period of time I rented a post office box and complained to the clerk about all the junk mail in it. She said they are REQUIRED to distribute that stuff and renting a PO box won't stop it.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | September 23, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

This is another mess Ronnie Reagan who destroyed America got us into when he took the post office out of government hands to make it a for profit business.Our founding fathers realized the necessity of mail service and paid for whatever the public didn't because of mail deliverys importance.Like all good things for the people the conservatives want to destroy our postal service and place it in private business hands where they could make a hugh profit.

Posted by: kapustar44 | September 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

It is easy for people who are on the outside of the Postal Service to make an assessment about the way the Postal Service should be ran. Ea6012, I agree with what you said, The Postal Service needs a change in the infrastructure in Management, who is the cause of the way things are now. I'm a former employee of the Postal Service and have seen things that management have done that harm the effectiveness of the service to the public than helped. Delaying the distribution of the mail, just to get bonuses for keeping overtime down. Favoritism has ran amok to where managers are chosen by being a yes-man than knowledge of job. If the shoe don't fit don't force it, I've seen times when decisions made, were forced to work even though it was the wrong way. Sending beer and wine through the mail is a bad idea, guns and ammo will be on the agenda next. Supervisors were told to harass certain employees just because management in upper level had personal vendetta against them, I know because I was a victim. Solve the problem with management and you solve 75% of the Postal Service problems.

Posted by: mat52 | September 23, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

kfed is a shill for Bernie Madoff.

Does he have the link watching Sarah Palin do a moose?

Posted by: Garak | September 23, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for readding my comments yes beer and wine do come thru but you don't realize that it breaks and thousands of pieces of mail is damage and destroy I see it first hand. Their was a section that deal with lost stoleen and damage mail now their are people whodon't nowhattododoing it. Many people can relate to not receiving theirbills paid why people place items not to be mail in letters and that causethe machines to damages hundres of pieces of mail. You have mail that can't be deliever and and ends up in Atlanta Ga in the deadlettersectionis sold or raffe off that becaome postal funds, now many things you don't is done in the postal service and with the employee given this to stores how do you think it would work out you never get your money, check moneyorders or taxes back thinkabout that.

Posted by: ea6012 | September 23, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Good article. good comments. Time for the postal service to enter the 21st century. If the Postal Service wants to be a business, then adopt a businsess model. Better locations, good service, beat the competition, and show a profit. Cut the Saturday delivery....what a waste of time and money. The real bottom line is: is there really a future for snail mail in the coming years?

Posted by: daphne3 | September 23, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

kfed is right--Federal employees are underpaid. The government is too big. It is too big because the government is run by more than just Federal employees--it's right by 1,000s of contracting companies that get paid a premium. Their CEOs fly around in private jets. They should be Federal employees, there should be complete transparency into their operations, and their wages should be fair. The public should be aware and have a say in what goes on at all these Federal contractors that run huge parts of the U.S. government. We won't pay our Federal employees enough, yet the public has no idea how much is spent on Federal contractors.

Posted by: kimk1 | September 23, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The USPS has changed just about all aspects of the postal system over the last 40 or more years except the local post office. Local PO operations haven't changed much since I used to go to a rural PO in Maine with my mother during WWII (1940-44). Oh yah, a little automation, but not much.

There are the obvious inefficiencies at the local (particularly small and rural) PO, and they have become a real frustration to folks who just want some stamps or to pick up some 'held' mail. I can't pick up 'held' mail at my local PO less than a mile away from my house, instead have to travel to the main PO 7 miles away, in town.

PO staff and patrons can not afford to use any office counter for socializing among and between themselves. This practice is both inefficient and inconsiderate of other patrons. Staff needs customer service training and supervisors need to supervise.

Furthermore, staff needs training to deal with customers that are helpless in a PO. UPS and FEDEX are customer friendly only to a point. There also has to be enough staff productivity so if a small/large business patron comes to a front counter with more time-consuming transactions its mailing doesn't interfere with smaller and shorter counter services.

Beyond this, two major changes could help save the USPS money: (1) automation at the local PO level, and; (2) centralized local pickup facilities. You would think with all the advanced technology available that the local PO would be highly automated. They are not by any stretch. No wonder UPS and FEDEX are eating USPS's lunch - it isn't just the Internet that is killing them.

In addition, more central local pickup locations and facilities need to be built such that local delivery becomes more efficient. Centralized USPS box facilities are now used for local distribution at many towns and villages, sub-divisions, and commercial locations of all sizes. People will gripe and use all kinds of excuses to maintain individual deliveries, but the USPS can not afford to do this anymore. Congress can help here.

All the remedial action proposed by USPS executives smacks of 'featherbedding' and will just delay the day of reckoning whereby the USPS goes out of business. Currently, it is an anachronism - a system that can be replaced immediately by more efficient means if it came/comes to that.

There is much more that can be done, but methinks the USPS bureaucracy will have to fall on its sword before and if, in fact, it ever thinks through needed changes realistically, has the courage to propose to Congress those changes, and tells the unions to realize and understand that the party is over, just like in most other parts of the American economy. This article tells me that times are not tough enough - yet.

Posted by: mechaieh | September 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

to kapustar44- you should get your history right-- the postal service hasn't been part of the federal gov't since the early
70's when Nixon was president- Reagan had nothing to do with it

Posted by: syosset57 | September 23, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The Post Office can keep 6 day delivery, keep all the Post offices open, add Post Offices to grocery stores and malls or wherever they want, .... all they need to do is get back the $75 billion overpayment they made and they will immediately be in the black. It wasn't their fault.. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is responsible for the Postal Service Retirement fund. (OPM)tells the Postal Service what to pay, and they paid it. It's that simple.. $75 BILLION, it's theirs..... so give it back! I find it hard to believe that so many people out there just don't get it.. they are owed $75 billion which they should get back, if they don't, blame the Congress because they agree on this overpayment and have the final say as to return it or screw the Post Office!

Posted by: northshore1943 | September 23, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It is not easy to trash the USPS when one is a postal retiree. Yet so many errors and bad decisions have caused the problems. The first one is the public has lost faith with bad and late delivery. The old Postal Service was founded on service to the public and not a friendship between Unions and Employer. Once to test delivery 10 letters would be sent to different addresses. The cost just a few stamps while not they have enormous tracking systems and dozens of employees. When Parcel Post Delivery ended huge companies took over such as UPS and Fedex. The use of Upward Mobility and ethnic programs for advancement caused promotions to employees who could not pass a simple test. With a score of 96 I was refused advancement to a job I had been doing on a relief basis because, "your ancestors discriminated a hundred years ago" explained to me by an EEO Officer. Promotions went to 41, 31 and 18 all minorities. Last but not least is the treatment of upper level Management with a bonus for lousy work, entitlements, all forms of payouts when one is promoted and moved and just plain too many of them. Just look at the programs started at great expense and later just dropped. Why should a letter to a city just 2 miles away have to go to a section center over 100 miles away to cancel a stamp? It goes to a section center then to a regional center and then to the address. All of these centers overloaded with managers I remember the pride we had and now see a group of Union protesters dressed up like stevedores or street walkers with signs damming the USPS. The long lines and poor management of local PO lobbies sure does not help. I could go on but most of all the USPS has to reclaim the customers by good service in a friendly manner. After all where else can one just call in say I am sick and get a paid day off?

Posted by: levoid77 | September 23, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

No matter what the USPS does,or for that matter what the Congress does, it will not work. Whatever little extra is saved by cutting of delivery of mail on Saturdays, will be spent on some frivolous expenditure, such a trips to the zoo for federal employees on the back of the taxpayers money. Oh! Just remembered, the USPS works separately from the government and is self sustained. What drivel will be given by a postal service employee. Just when mail delivery carrier is trained and he/her gets used to the route and the folks on that route, they are replace by someone else. Mail is misdelivered all the time. Sometimes when that carrier is delivering bills, they usually arrive after the due date. What good is that. Train a carrier for a route and leave him there. I don't know how many times a carrier delivers my mail to my next door neighbor. I don't have enough fingers to point out the times that I have had to take someone else's mail to the post office because it was delivered to my address. Work on that. The cost of one stamp is 44 cents. I have had to pay as much as 55 cents at a store because the stamp machines are either in an area that is closed off to the public or the post office is not yet open or it has closed early for the day.

Posted by: richardcolonel | September 24, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I'll recap what happened and why the Postal Service is in a financial mess:
Should the $75 billion be returned to the Postal Service, (which is rightfully theirs) it will be used to help cover current fiscal year deficit and beyond ...... I would like to blame this fiasco on the Post Office, but they did nothing wrong. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) actually manages the federal government and civil service. It (OPM) is another branch of the US Government . They (OPM) are responsible for the Postal Service retirement funds. OPM tells the Postal Service what amount is necessary for this funding and the Postal service pays it... which they did. Eventually, they (Post Office) ran an audit which discovered OPM overinflated the payments using the wrong calculations based on projected pay & future inflation. The audit was presented to the Postal Service, Management, OPM & Congress and all agreed the $75 billion was overpayment. It's hard to believe that one branch of the Government could do this to the other, but that's exactly what took place. Now it will take Congress to return the money. If they don't, all taxpayers will in some form or another have to cover the Post Office current shortfall. most likely by raising postage rates again & cutting services. If or when that happens, at least we will know why. Raising rates is bad, it has a big trickle effect, a chain reaction... Post Office charges more- customer pays more-advertisers pay more- so stores charge more for product , the trucker's delivery charges increase on & on..you get the picture ...in the end we all pay. Now I understand the postage rate increases for the past few years, I often wondered why they needed to do it. That $75 billion would have had the Postal Service in the black every year. The reality here is that there never should have been increases over the past few years, and probably wouldn't have if OPM calculated things right... looks like Government bites themselves in the _ _ _ on this one!

Posted by: northshore1943 | September 24, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I used to work at the main GMF in Long Beach. Part of the problem are workers milking the day away. They do as little as possible.
The hardest workers are those who get out the first class mail, but even many of those are slackers.

I like the idea that certain areas get their mail Tues., Thur. & Sat., etc. & other areas get mail on the opposite days. The days one doesn't get mail delivery, they can pick it up at the P.O. But I'd much rather keep a daily pick up & delivery to our P.O.

However, I hate the idea of closing many small post offices. I live 25 miles from Barstow. If my small P.O. closes there would be great hardship for many in my community. These are mainly seniors, disabled, etc. & many can't drive. A great many could be unable to get their mali for maybe weeks at a time. That is unacceptable. And no, we don't have a grocery store to set up a P.O. in. Most people do the majority of their shopping once a month. We need our Post Office.

Posted by: pawprinz | September 27, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Eliminating Saturday delivery makes sense, and moving offices to grocery stores - high traffic areas - is a good idea, provided there is planning for it with delivery yards for vehicles. This would require construction beyond that which you see with banks in stores. The old model of local post offices doesn't work for much of America these days due to urban sprawl and the rise of suburbs and other development-created neighborhoods. Local commerce is sadly no longer a hub for community growth.

And, as a homebrewer, I'd love to see the ban on beer and wine shipments lifted. I'd like to share my craft with my friends outside the local area, but current laws prohibit it, and I don't feel like breaking the law just to send a few bottles for critique by a non-local friend brewer/beer aficionado.

Posted by: techcommdood | September 27, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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