Archive for February, 2009

Postal service announces plan for new bypass mail hubs

Postal officials, concerned about the high costs of providing bypass mail service to rural Alaska, have announced plans to go ahead with a measure to create hubs at remote locations. Steve Deaton, mail specialist for the U.S. Postal Service in Alaska, told the Anchorage Air Cargo Association on Jan. 27 of the agency’s intent to […]

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Don’t let them scare you into socialism

In at least three public appearances yesterday, Barack Obama cried that our economic troubles would turn into a catastrophe if we don’t pass his “stimulus” bill. Other Democrats are making the same pitch, including Nancy Pelosi’s statement that “500 million Americans will lose their jobs every month.” On Friday morning, we received an employment report […]

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Ponzi Scheme: 02-05-09 Chuck Hays, Crossfire Trading

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed an enforcement action today against Charles “Chuck” E. Hays and Crossfire Trading, LLC (Crossfire), both of Rosemount, Minnesota, charging them with fraud and misappropriation in connection with a commodity pool Ponzi scheme. In conjunction with the filing of the complaint today in the U.S. […]

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Mail Matters

Like so many institutions, public and private, the United States Postal Service is facing a financial crisis of monumental proportions. To help it weather the storm, Postmaster General John Potter recently appealed to Congress to eliminate six-day delivery and restructure the accounting treatment of its long-term healthcare benefits. No prominent lawmaker so far has urged […]

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Five-Time Winner, U.S. Postal Service Again Named ‘Most Trusted’

Consumers Rank USPS at Top of 74 Agencies in Ponemon Institute Survey The premier privacy trust study in America has named the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) the “Most Trusted Government Agency” for an impressive fifth year in a row. More than 87 percent of the 7,000 Americans surveyed by the Ponemon Institute in its 2009 […]

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New Service Standards Raise the Bar, Add Classes of Mail to be Measured

WASHINGTON, D.C. — National on-time performance scores for the delivery of First-Class Mail reached 96 percent and 93 percent of customers gave the U.S. Postal Service highest satisfaction marks as the Postal Service debuted a new, national standards rating process. For almost 20 years, the Postal Service has contracted with an outside entity to measure […]

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How online search traces helped lead to arrest

Ever wonder just how anonymous your online searches from a public library were? Ask Richard Leon Goyette, arrested Tuesday on federal charges involving 64 threatening letters with white powder and one bomb threat that were mailed October 17 Goyette, 47, was arrested in an Albuquerque, N.M., airport after an investigation that involved the FBI and […]

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Where do you get your ideas?

People often ask where I get my ideas. Now I have a perfect story to tell them! Last week, I sent an advance reading copy (bound galley) of “Probable Claws” off to a woman who runs a website on cozy mysteries. This week, I followed up to make sure she had gotten it. She responded […]

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Send Your Creativity Through The Mail

Last weekend I went to Costco and discovered this very creative and simply idea: customized stamps through the mail. What a cleaver innovative idea and it appears quite a big business. I am always looking for opportunities to share some of my favorite pictures of my dogs with anyone who is willing to take a […]

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Schools will stay strong, like postal service

I recently finished reading an article about the crisis that faces the U.S. Postal Service. Because my wife is a postal employee, I was interested. The article explained what many realize — the postal system faces a crisis and must change as the society it serves changes. The article talked about how the Postal Service […]

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