The new cultures and structures of what Cass Sunstein calls "republic.com" hold sway at the very time that controlling, shaping, and manipulating information have become universally acknowledged as essential attributes of power.
The Postal Service can become a more viable business and a more vital community institution by enhancing its public role. It can challenge Wall Street by bringing economic equity to Main Street.
With liabilities at $63 Billion and assets of only $40 Billion, the USPS is bankrupt by any stretch of the ruler. Without legislation, the USPS will add another $5.7 Billion of defaulted retiree health benefits to the deficit on September 30,2104. And so it goes. Deeper and deeper into the hole.
With post offices and postal workers already on the ground, USPS could partner with banks to make a critical difference for millions of Americans who don't have basic banking services because there are almost no banks or bank branches in their neighborhoods.
The announcement that the US Postal Service will deliver packages for Amazon on Sundays came just a few days after a federal judge halted USPS' sale of Stamford's historic downtown post office.
The post office does not have to disappear. Here are five steps toward reviving and strengthening this valuable public institution.
There are many good reasons to leave the city in the summer, but the past few months have provided great reasons to stay. And to give summer a proper send-off, there's Pig Island where a ticket gets you unlimited dishes using local pigs.
There's a new kind of moving scam in town. This one takes advantage of an inexpensive, convenient service that over 40 million people who move each year in the U.S. use to update their address with the United States Postal Service.
My husband is an Army physician deployed to a military field hospital in the Afghani desert. With satellites providing Internet, we really are afforded half a dozen different means of correspondence. It's vastly different from days gone by when loved ones put pen to paper.
The fool has signed his own warrant. Even he knows that of all the fundamentally lethal implements, only guns have a special dispensation from God and Jefferson.
The United States Postal Service is in a freefall due to poor management, a starkly shortsighted, paralyzed Congressional leadership, and the steady march of right wing ideologues.
While it is true that the volume of mail has been declining for years now, the biggest issues currently facing the Postal Service have more to do with political incompetence than technological disruption.
The story of the intentional destruction of the U.S. Postal Service is one more piece of the story of crisis-after-crisis, all manufactured to advance the strategic dismantling of our government and handing over the pieces to billionaires.
While everyone is predicting our demise? Instead of blaming the Internet for less mail, let's make the Post Office a place to go for Internet access. Customers could come in and use the Internet, like they do now at some Office Depot or FedEx outlets.
Useless is a strong word but, quite fairly, it can and does apply to the U.S. Postal Service.