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Posts in category Postal Service

The Lost Genius of the Post Off...

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

In 1897, a year when mail was still largely delivered by horse and wagon, construction began on an innovative scheme beneath the streets of Philadelphia. Using an intricate network of compressors and metal pipes, the new system could shoot a capsule holding a few hundred letters across a city in several minutes, far faster than […]

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislati...

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislation?

The House of Representatives took up postal reform legislation this week, a decade after Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which was supposed to shore up the U.S. Postal Service for the 21st century. It didn’t work out that way. Shortly after President George W. Bush signed the law, the economy tanked, as […]

The Postal Regulatory Commission’s $50 Billion Decis...

The Postal Regulatory Commission’s $50 Billion Decision

The Postal Regulatory Commission is a small agency, little known in Washington, DC, let alone the rest of America. Its 70 employeestoil in rented office space on New York Avenue, a couple floors above a Cajun restaurant. The agency’s budget is $15 million—an amount less than what it was 10 years ago. What PRC staff […]

The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publish...

The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publishers

Few  people love magazines more than I do. At last count, I have a half-dozen subscriptions, down from the baker’s dozen of a few years ago (with four young children, I only have so much reading time). Magazines provide incredible value. A single issue tends to cost between $1 and $3 if you subscribe. Whether […]

Dope by Mail: Another Challenge for the Postal Serv...

Dope by Mail: Another Challenge for the Postal Service

The U.S Postal Service’s financial and other operational challenges regularly are in the news. Less well-known is its illicit drug problem. Thanks to the internet, anyone can now become a drug dealer. One no longer need join a criminal gang and suffer a violent initiation ceremony. Technological disintermediation means any schlub can order synthetic drugs […]

What’s In Your Mail? Even More ...

What’s In Your Mail? Even More Ads

As you probably have heard, the U.S. Postal Service is in a bad way. The Senate has not bothered to vote on appointees to the USPS board. Thus, instead of usual nine governors overseeing its operations, there is just one. This is not good, what with the reports of mail increasingly being delivered more slowly […]

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