The Monday Memo

I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life; they have shown me exactly who I do not want to be. –Anonymous

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Pence, Montana, & QAnon
  • Daines’ Campaign Website
  • Dear Postal Customer
  • One More Thing

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The Wednesday Read

Quote of the Day:

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. ― Hubert H. Humphrey

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Bullock’s Federal Lawsuit
  • Gun Money
  • Trump’s Money Problems
  • One More Thing

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They Did It Again

Back in February and again in August, I wrote “Every time someone mentions closing a Post Office, local officials cry foul and Not In My Backyard (NIMBY).”

They did it again.  Yesterday the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced they were delaying the closing of any more post offices or mail facilities until May 15, 2012, due “to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators.”

Look for another delay in May 2012 – this time it will be delayed past the November elections – maybe it will eventually happen the same day as the Keystone XL Pipeline announcement… Continue reading

Kicking the Can…

Back in February I wrote, “Every time someone mentions closing a Post Office, local officials cry foul and Not In My Backyard (NIMBY).”  I also wrote, “Almost every quarter we read about the United States Postal Service (USPS) losing money.  The fact is they are not just losing money, they are hemorrhaging it.”

On July 26, USPS announced a list of around 3700 Post Offices targeted for closure, including almost 90 in Montana.  I’ve always believed the USPS should close some offices and also they might as well go to five-day per week delivery to save some coin – so close them and cut services.

Yesterday, Montana’s lone Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R), announced “The Mail Drop Montana Initiative” and said in the press release, “That’s why I’ve been leading the charge in Montana to protect rural post offices and preserve six day postal delivery.” Continue reading

Losing a Zip Code

Yesterday was July 26, and on that date in 1775 the U.S. postal system was established.  Ol’ Benjamin Franklin was the first postmaster general and a Post Office was started in his home.

According to this story, Ben’s Post Office was selected for possible shutdown yesterday with several thousand other Post Offices across the United States.

It had to be done and it was something I wrote about earlier this year.  The United States Postal Service (USPS), as well as our Federal Government, is broke.  The Postal Service lost about $8 billion last year; the Federal Government is $14 trillion in the red. Continue reading