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Postal Service may close non-distribution centers?[edit]

Why?! The United States Postal Service and the Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe has stated the agency will shutdown processing and main non-distribution centers to facility operations in main zip code distribution centers in order of binding the unity of the United States Postal Service by the form of a facilitated distribution center for each state due to first-class mail, which has dropped 25 percent since 2006(reports from the USPS Anaylses). The initiative will result in the shutdown for the first-class mail now delivered overnight would take two to three days to arrive regardless of origin or destination. The hospitals, museums , schools, churches, and other groups that use bulk mail could see an increase in their rates, while others might see a decrease in bulk mail rates, thus a decrease in many employed classes of the United States Postal Service and to dis-facilitate and lower the values for the families of the majority of employees in the service of non-distribution centers. There is no target date for the move, but the Postal Service will honor a May 15 moratorium on closures based on its agreement with the United States Congress. The Congress has already started this problem and now someone would think they would pay the amount of debt from the money left over from the Iraqi and Afghan war, which may be a possible solution. The moratorium is intended to give Congress time to come up with an alternative plan to stop the huge financial losses the Postal Service has been experiencing because of reductions in the amount of first-class mail over the years. Now there is a proposal about a new bill to renew an act to discontinue the function of a new law to distransfer of non-distribution centers to a maintained distribution center, to re-allow this new act is to maintain an independent and operated Postal Service agency as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States to ensure the rights and regulations of mail transportation and United States Postal facilities in services for all distribution zip code centers and non-distribution zip-code centers in the United States. I am surprised this information is not on the article. --74.84.112.56 (talk) 19:48, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Because Wikipedia is WP:NOT a WP:CRYSTAL BALL nor a WP:NOTNEWSPAPER. When this happens, if ever, it can be added if it add some encyclopaedic value to the article. ww2censor (talk) 21:59, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Violence as 'going postal'[edit]

I think there was an episode in Married, with Children, where Al Bundy and his friends went to D.C. and witnessed a shooting involving an armed mailman. Maybe someone could add this to the section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 137.54.14.206 (talk) 15:04, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Need for Major Revisions[edit]

  • Article is really long with lots of detailed information not necessary for a general overview of post office.
  • Red arrows in the infobox convey the political message that the post office is 'losing money' -- this idea is actually controversial and contested, and has been identified as part of some really targeted political propaganda.
  • Anyone think there should be a separate page for post office closures controversy? It's a big union issue, some say it violates the constitution; concretely could be one of the biggest changes in history for this institution.
  • Substantial things like budget, delivery, & employment need more focus -- relative to overly technical 'choices' section
  • Postal unions probably deserve more coverage

I'm interested in hearing from any/all active editors—particularly interested in hearing about the february collb. Thanks. Groupuscule (talk) 14:09, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

Also: USPS is not a "company"! The use of the company infobox is a political decision that, frankly, seems to anticipate that the whole government will be handed over to the private sector. But today, USPS is still a government agency mandated by the constitution. You don't see a company infobox with little red "losing money" arrows for the military or the for the EPA! Groupuscule (talk) 04:55, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

I disagree that the article is too long. I also disagree that the post office is not losing money---otherwise, the USPS wouldn't be trying to close a huge number of facilities and terminate Saturday service. But I do agree that the current infobox is improper because USPS is actually a government agency. --Coolcaesar (talk) 16:01, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
OK, about to change the infobox. Coolcaeser, that's exactly what I used to think. I know the talk page is not the place to have a big political discussion, but there are politics involved in the facts here. The USPS actually is a very profitable government agency, but has been forced to put aside huge amounts of money each year for a retirement fund extending 70 years into the future. This is a requirement that no other agency, public or private, has to comply with. If USPS didn't have to put money into this fund, it would be turning a profit—it is actually profitable, which is why corporate interests want to privatize it! Check out: Democracy Now, Salon. These are generally 'left-leaning' sources, and we obviously need to do our own work and make up our own minds. But it's a really important point to be aware of. Please let me know what you think—I'm interested in challenging my own beliefs on this position. I'll go ahead and change the infobox. Groupuscule (talk) 20:31, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

distinction between USPO and USPS[edit]

No distinction is being made between the United states Post Office and the United States Postal Service -- two distinctly different separate and dissimilasr agencies that did not share a historical period. I propose to break out all USPS and USPO materials into separate articles. Comments? 76.91.14.191 (talk) 02:38, 9 February 2013 (UTC) (User:Pedant , not logged in)

Cite notes[edit]

I just noticed that citation number 50 (https://www.usps.com/strategicplanning/cs08/chpt1_pg5.htm) comes back with a 404 error. This citation should be removed.

Citation number 61 (https://www.usps.com/financials/) is also a 404

Citation number 173 should be: (http://faq.usps.com/adaptivedesktop/faq.jsp?ef=USPSFAQ&type=Global&iid=35a36559-fb39-44a9-851e-4665246a5166&selectedTitle=Is%20there%20Mail%20Service%) Retrieved December 10, 2013. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.98.215.104 (talk) 23:12, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

You need to add USPS First-Class package & Priority Mail[edit]

Idk where those 2 are. And Parcel post is discontinued and repleaced by Standard Post & Parcel Select

68.238.254.167 (talk) 13:08, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Service level guarantees[edit]

It might be good to add a section describing the guarantees, if any, that are provided by the USPS.