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  • Postal Service to push retirements hard

    More than a quarter-million U.S. Postal Service workers are eligible for retirement, and a restructuring plan proposed Thursday relies heavily on getting many of them to quit.


  • ** FILE ** Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole. (Associated Press)

    Feds use video surveillance to catch fraud for workers' comp

    The husband and wife postal workers at a North Carolina mail-sorting plant were out of work and collecting disability benefits when they first came under surveillance.


  • **FILE** Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Postal Service reports $5.1B loss

    The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday reported a $5.1 billion annual loss, but the figure would have been more than twice as high if Congress had not postponed a $5.5 billion bill to fund retiree health benefits.


  • Illustration: Hell stamp by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    SUMMERS: Only way to save USPS: Privatization

    The average American home received a personal letter through the mail just once every seven weeks last year. With business dwindling, the U.S. Postal Service lost $8.5 billion in 2010, and losses for fiscal 2011 are expected to be about $9 billion. The USPS doesn't have the $5.5 billion needed for its retiree health care fund payment due this month and is so close to its debt limit that it won't be able to pay its bills later this fiscal year.


  • When Benjamin Franklin was in charge of the mail, letters bound Americans together. For the typical household today, nearly two months can pass before a personal letter shows up. The letter has been largely replaced by email, Twitter, Facebook and the like. (Library of Congress via Associated Press)

    You never write anymore; well, hardly anyone does

    Mom might get a quick note in the mail. Sister might get a birthday card. But that's about it. For the typical American household these days, nearly two months will pass before a personal letter shows up.


  • Postal Service ready to make 'tough choices' regarding post offices

    Facing an increasingly bleak bottom line, the Postal Service is considering closing more than 10 percent of its retail outlets.


  • Stamp honors 1st American in space 50 years later

    The first American in space, Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, was honored with his own stamp Wednesday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his flight.


  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not a Postal Service bailout

    In The Washington Times on March 28, Ryan Cole characterized the Postal Service's $75 billion retiree benefits overpayment as "USPS taxpayer-subsidized CPR" while invoking the name of Lysander Spooner, a 19th-century postal entrepreneur. Moving forward from 19th-century postal history through the 20th century and into the early 21st century, today's Postal Service is subject to annual and pre-funding benefit payments of $11 billion a year.


  • Correction

    A Tuesday Commentary item titled "Postal Service delivers bill of goods to taxpayers" referred to the Postal Rate Commission. The independent agency that exercises regulatory oversight of the United States Postal Service is the Postal Regulatory Commission.


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