Tag: Postal

Unsanitized: Does Amazon Rip Off the Postal Service?

First Response I believe I was the first to report that Ronald Stroman, the deputy postmaster general and number two in the hierarchy, was forced out of his job on Monday. That has now been widely reported and the USPS made it official in a regulatory filing Wednesday, but I mentioned it Tuesday on Twitter. I didn’t have much else to add; Louis DeJoy, the Trump donor and new postmaster general, was always going to get his own number two. But Stroman, who’s still listed on the USPS website, was an important figure, the top deputy at the postal service ... Read more

Feds: 30-Year Jersey Shore Postal Carrier, 60, Caught Stealing Military Vets’ Meds

A Jersey Shore postal carrier who’d stolen prescription medications intended for a military veteran tried doing it again — only this time he swiped a bottle that federal agents had planted at the post office, authorities said. Christopher F. Donohue, a 60-year-old grandfather of three from Leonardo, in Monmouth County, originally stole an envelope on March 2 containing prescription medication that the federal Department of Veterans Affairs had mailed to a military veteran, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said Thursday. The theft “was consistent with a series of other mail packages containing prescription medication issued by the VA, which had gone missing from ... Read more

Instead of Killing the US Postal System, Let’s Expand it

United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers a package in El Paso on April 30, 2020. (Paul Ratje / AFP via Getty Images) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation ... Read more

Unsanitized: The War on the Postal Service Continues

First Response We’re in a time when many people are confined to their homes and require package delivery of basic goods. It’s an election year where the safest option to exercise your civic duty is clearly receiving a ballot in the mail, filling it out, and returning it. So of course it makes perfect sense that the U.S. Postal Service’s very existence is under threat. We got some really bad news on that front this week. Late Monday afternoon, the Postal Regulatory Commission filed an update with the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing the resignation of vice chair David C. ... Read more

When Postal Worker Retires After 38 Years, Neighborhood Comes Together for Heartwarming Sendoff

It’s always nice to have your work and years of service recognized by the people you serve. There are plenty of retirement parties thrown by close friends and family, but it’s rare that an entire community gets together to celebrate. But residents of Tempe, Arizona, decided to recognize a man who stayed at the same job for nearly four decades, thanking him for his 38 years of service with an all-out neighborhood event. John Vandello started working for the U.S. Postal Office as soon as he graduated from high school in Iowa. As is true for many, the warm Arizona ... Read more

We Can’t Afford to Lose the Postal Service

I am probably one of the least consequential things my mother has ever delivered. She has two other daughters, for starters—one’s a public servant and the other is a special-education teacher. But she’s also spent her working life delivering love letters, college acceptances, medications, mortgage papers, divorce filings, gold bars, headstones, ashes, and care packages. In her thirty-eight years as a rural letter carrier with the United States Postal Service, she’s delivered just about everything you can legally send through the mail. For twenty-seven of those years, she’s driven the same fifty miles five or six days every week, starting ... Read more

If Woody Guthrie Were Singing Now About the Postal Service

Folk singer Woody Guthrie (AP Photo) Looks like we’re on the cusp of another Great Depression, and we’ve got a president who is worse than Herbert Hoover. Ad Policy So things aren’t looking good. But we still have our troubadours, just as struggling Americans did 80 years ago. And some of them recognize that Woody Guthrie was right when he said, “It’s a folk singer’s job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb the comfortable.” That’s what Joe Troop does in a new song that speaks to the moment. It’s topical and specific, like the best songs by Guthrie and ... Read more

Congress Must Stand Up to the White House and Deliver Relief to the Postal Service

A United States Postal worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / AP Photo) EDITOR’S NOTE:&nbspThe Nation believes that helping readers stay informed about the impact of the coronavirus crisis is a form of public service. For that reason, this article, and all of our coronavirus coverage, is now free. Please subscribe to support our writers and staff, and stay healthy. Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check ... Read more

Trump tightens the Postal Service squeeze

President Trump threatened on Friday to veto any new coronavirus legislation that includes funding for the U.S. Postal Service if it doesn’t raise the price large companies, like Amazon, pay for a package “by approximately four times.” Why it matters: USPS is facing widening losses amid the coronavirus pandemic and could run out of money by the end of year if Congress fails to rescue it in the next stimulus package. Meanwhile, some Trump administration officials see the agency’s struggle for survival as an opportunity to reform USPS, or even go as far as privatizing it. What Trump’s saying: “The ... Read more

The Radical Idea That Undergirds Our Postal System

A postal worker wearing a mask and gloves delivers mail in New York City. (Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with ... Read more