Archive for April, 2009

Should mass transit be made free, to stimulate the U.S. economy?

When you work in public policy or economics, you come across policies and programs in various countries in Europe and elsewhere that are innovative and/or that have otherwise have stood the test of time. Still, the above doesn’t mean they’ll be implemented in the U.S. That’s because the American culture and system presents its own, […]

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Identity Transplant

Patient ID-Theft Alleged At Hopkins Bill Wall is a large man with close-cropped hair and the bearing of a military man, which he is–a major in the Army’s 729th Brigade Support Battalion. His wife Deborah is tiny, blond, and full of an energy that belies the fact that for more than 10 years she has […]

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Neither snow nor rain nor sleet

As Benjamin Franklin is the acknowledged Republican ancestor of the U.S. Postal Service after having served as the first colonial-era postmaster general, what would Ben say to the “suits” of the Google challenged USPS who have driven a government affiliated corporate monopoly into the economic ditch? As the extant master of fiscal frugality, I’m sure […]

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Postal math: Lower demand, shorter hours

Customers line up at Fredericksburg’s downtown post office, where hours have been shortened. The downtown Fredericksburg post office on Princess Anne Street is now opening an hour later Mondays through Fridays. Surprised patrons peered into the locked counter service area yesterday morning at 8:30, the office’s usual opening time. The opening time changed last Wednesday, […]

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Postmaster General’s Pay Package Under Fire

$135,000 Performance Bonus, as Post Office May Cut Back on Service, Raises Eyebrows These are tough times for the post office, but not for the postmaster general. Even with stamp prices set to rise another two cents this May, the U.S. Postal Service is awash in red ink. In January, Postmaster General John Potter told […]

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Big bucks: Postal bosses salaries give stamp cost hike a bad taste

At a time when the U.S. Postal Service is again raising the price of a stamp and considering ending mail delivery one day a week, revelation comes that Postmaster General John E. Potter received more than $800,000 in compensation and retirement benefits in 2008. At least four other postal officials got more than a quarter-million […]

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