OPINION | JOHN E. SUNUNU
If a privately owned company can launch a rocket, why shouldn’t one handle the mail?
(JEREMY TRAUM FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)
US Postal Service loses $3.2 billion in second quarter
- The ailing US Postal Service is reporting quarterly losses of $3.2 billion, brought on by declining mail volume and mounting costs for future retiree health benefits.
Senate proposals seek to delay Postal Service closings
- Under the measure, the ailing Postal Service would be barred from closing post offices for one year if they are located in rural areas - those with fewer than 50,000 people.
Postal staffers fear what future will deliver
- Faced with a $5.1 billion loss last year, the Postal Service is considering closing 3,700 of more than 32,000 post offices, and shuttering 223 of more than 400 mail-processing plants.
Post office debate triggers lobbying
- Companies are spending millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers to oppose or support various proposals regarding the Postal Service.
US Postal Service plan: Big Boston facility will stay open
- The US Postal Service’s massive Boston mail processing facility will stay open at its current location under a new plan released today that saves the plant from closure, but affects other centers in such communities as Wareham, Waltham, and Shrewsbury.
Postal Service’s future is at risk, its chief warns
- Unless Congress passes far-reaching legislation soon to give the Postal Service flexibility to cut costs, it will suffer disastrous losses that could jeopardize its future, Patrick R. Donahoe, the postmaster general, warned yesterday.
No more mail? What would Ben Franklin think?
- If the local post office were to shut own, would anyone miss it? Yes, many people are saying as the U.S. Postal Service is desperate to streamline its operations and save money.
In digital age, still savoring pen, paper, and stamp
- Phoebe Sexton received so much mail on her 27th birthday, the postman couldn’t fit it in her mailbox. A 2006 graduate of Boston University, Sexton moved to Dallas just a few days before her birthday last year. But because she wasn’t with her friends to celebrate, she wanted the next best thing - for them to send gifts, cards, and letters through the Postal Service.
Letter’s long journey ends, mystery begins
- A letter mailed from Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1945 arrived in Gloucester last week, long after its intended recipient, a Mrs. S.E. Lawrence, had died.