A Soldier Sent a Letter to His Mom in 1945. It Was Just Delivered.

A letter from a 22-year-old U.S. Army sergeant serving in Germany was finally delivered last month to his widow in Woburn, Mass.

#letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #woburn-mass, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Here’s What Readers Told Us About Customer Service Nightmares

Plus, some small glimmers of hope.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #labor-and-jobs, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #service-industries, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

Amtrak Worker Sold Railroad Equipment for Years to Line His Pockets, U.S. Says

Jose Rodriquez, 49, of Brick, N.J., pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Monday. Prosecutors said he obtained 114 chain saws for the railroad service, but sold them for profit.

#amtrak, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-jersey, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices

There’s a Cure for the Anxiety of Email: It Starts With a Pen

I didn’t keep my resolution to handwrite a letter each day of this year, but I learned plenty from trying.

#desks, #letters, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #writing-and-writers

Biden Nominates Two New U.S.P.S. Board Members

The president moved to replace two members who have been supporters of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a step that could portend a shift in leadership at the agency.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bloom-ron, #boards-of-directors, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

Louis DeJoy Is Doing Something Progressives Like

The Postal Service needs big reforms. It’s getting small ones instead.

#american-postal-workers-union, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #dejoy-louis, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

Louis DeJoy Investigated Over Possible Campaign Finance Violations

The Justice Department is examining Louis DeJoy’s role in political donations made by employees of a company that he ran.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #dejoy-louis, #new-breed-logistics, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Postmaster DeJoy Under Investigation by Justice Dept.

Investigators are examining whether donations from employees at his former company violated campaign finance laws.

#dejoy-louis, #justice-department, #new-breed-logistics, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party

Postal Service, Facing Steep Losses, Seeks to Increase Prices

Under the proposal, the price of a first-class stamp would increase for the first time since January 2019, to 58 cents from 55 cents.

#dejoy-louis, #letters, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stamps-postal

Democrat or Republican, You Probably Love the Post Office

A new bipartisan bill could help fix the U.S. Postal Service.

#american-postal-workers-union, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #rural-areas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Overhaul Postal Service

With enough Republican support to pass the Senate, the announcement of the Postal Service Reform Act is an unexpected indication of bipartisan compromise in a divided Congress.

#dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Postal Service Plans Price Increases and Service Cuts to Shore Up Finances

The 10-year plan, which would lengthen promised delivery times and reduce post office hours, among other provisions, drew immediate condemnation from Democrats in Congress.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #pelosi-nancy, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

Postal Service Struggles to Speed Up Delivery, Compounding Its Troubles

Months after the election highlighted the agency’s problems, delivery times are still falling short of its standards, and a plan to try to shore up its finances could further slow some mail.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #delivery-services, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Seeks More Control Over USPS With New Appointments

The president nominated three people to the beleaguered agency’s board on a day when the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, a major Republican donor, faced questioning on Capitol Hill.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

Winter Storm Disrupts Automakers, Retailers and Delivery Services

Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.

#delivery-services, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #midwestern-states-us, #natural-gas, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #walmart-stores-inc, #weather

‘Box’ or Gem? A Scramble to Save Asia’s Modernist Buildings

Groups across the region are rallying to save buildings that officials consider too new, too ugly or too unimportant to protect from demolition.

#architecture, #cambodia, #design, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hong-kong, #hotel-okura-tokyo-japan, #japan, #la-scala-theater-paris-france, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #real-estate-commercial, #singapore, #thailand

The Life of Humberto Trujillo, the Postmaster of Phoenix

“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious, and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hispanic-americans, #phoenix-ariz, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #your-feed-opinionvideo

Dear Santa: It’s Been a Hard Year

In 23,000 letters addressed to the North Pole, collected through a U.S. Postal Service program, wish lists from children across the nation reflect the strain of this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #loneliness, #parenting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus, #toys, #unemployment, #usps-operation-santa-claus

How to Pack and Mail Holiday Cookies

The best holiday cookies are the ones you’ve made yourself. Here are tips for assembling gift boxes and getting them to loved ones.

#containers-and-packaging, #content-type-service, #cookies, #postal-service-and-post-offices

After Warnings It Could Go Off the Rails, the Election Actually Ran Smoothly

Amid the logistical challenges of voting in a pandemic, and despite threats of foreign interference, violence and disinformation, the machinery of democracy held up quite well.

#absentee-voting, #benson-jocelyn, #brooks-rosa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #elections, #griswold-jena, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

Let the Votes Be Counted

Please, don’t listen to the president.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Counting Begins, a Flood of Mail Ballots Complicates Vote Tallies

Battleground states will use quite different methods to count the record number of mail-in ballots. But they may be the way of the future.

#absentee-voting, #atlanta-ga, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

Some Regions Still Experience Slow Delivery of Mail Ballots

In the final days of voting, the Postal Service is struggling to ensure timely delivery of ballots in parts of key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.

#absentee-voting, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why This Professor Is Writing Letters for People Feeling Blue

With a typewriter and a mailbox, a sidewalk project explores the art of consoling those who need good news.

#brooklyn-nyc, #letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Lingering Mail Problems Worry Voters in Final Week of Election

The Postal Service’s performance has not been as bad as initially feared, but handling of mail ballots has been inconsistent enough that some people are choosing to vote in person.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Vote by Mail Deadline: Time to Vote is Running Out as Election Nears

Persistent delays and limited data have increased concerns that the Postal Service may be unable to reliably get ballots still outstanding delivered by Election Day.

#absentee-voting, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Should You FedEx Your Mail-In Ballot? No.

Experts say that people should use the United States Postal Service or a secure ballot drop box instead to make sure they are complying with vote-by-mail rules that vary by state.

#absentee-voting, #fedex-corporation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-parcel-service-inc

How to Steal an Election

In the old days, nobody needed help from a foreign country.

#black-people, #campaign-finance, #frauds-and-swindling, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reconstruction-era, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

For the Navajo Nation, ‘Everything Takes Time,’ Including Voting

Post offices are few and far between on the reservation, and mail can take a week and a half to reach the county seat. In this year’s election, that has more profound implications than ever before.

#arizona, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #voting-and-voters

The Fight Over Absentee Ballots Intensifies Around Drop Boxes

Democrats are pushing to expand their use, while Republicans insist, without evidence, that they make fraud easier — even as they deploy their own in California.

#absentee-voting, #california, #colorado, #content-type-service, #ohio, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Huge Absentee Vote in Key States Favors Democrats So Far

In Wisconsin, about 146,000 people voted by mail in the 2016 general election. This fall, about 647,000 people have already voted absentee, many in Democratic strongholds.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #madison-wis, #milwaukee-wis, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #wisconsin

Justice Dept. Eases Election Fraud Inquiry Constraints as Trump Promotes False Narrative

The move comes as President Trump promotes a false narrative of widespread voter fraud ahead of the election.

#barr-william-p, #elections-attorneys-general, #justice-department, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-integrity-section-justice-dept, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

For Postal Workers, the Challenges Go Way Beyond Ballots

Ensuring that the nation can vote by mail is just one of many issues facing the Postal Service, most of which will remain after the election is over.

#absentee-voting, #amazon-com-inc, #american-postal-workers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dejoy-louis, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #masks, #organized-labor, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

As Trump Sows Doubts on Mail, Democrats Push More In-Person Voting

In Philadelphia, officials are encouraging voting in person. In Wisconsin, there are ballot-return events in city parks. They reflect an unease over President Trump’s war on mail-in voting.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bright-ben, #democratic-party, #morial-marc-h, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j

How to Fix the Postal Service

Even as it becomes a focus of debate in a sharply partisan election year, the agency is crippled by economic forces outside its control. But a number of proposals, new and old, could chart a path forward.

#gillibrand-kirsten-e, #kosar-kevin-r, #mnuchin-steven-t, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #speier-jackie, #warren-elizabeth

Both Parties Fret as More Democrats Request Mail Ballots in Key States

Republicans fear that President Trump’s rhetoric on voting by mail could depress turnout. But Democrats worry an overreliance on the mail could be damaging to their side too.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Attack on Voting in the 2020 Elections

The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election. Read the magazine’s five-month investigation.

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Trump Again Sows Doubt About Election as G.O.P. Scrambles to Assure Voters

President Trump declined for a second day to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election, while Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, implicitly rebuffed him, promising an “orderly transition.”

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

Woman Suspected of Sending Ricin to Trump Is Arrested

Envelopes with ricin were intercepted last week on their way to the White House, a sheriff’s office and a detention facility in Texas.

#customs-and-border-protection-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #ricin-poison, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

With Six Weeks to the Election, Six Ways to Protect It

Step 1: Know how and when you’re going to vote.

#absentee-voting, #election-assistance-commission, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms

The finger-pointing appears to be a pre-emptive effort to assign blame in the event of election chaos as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Anthony M. Hopkins, Who Fought in Vietnam and the Gulf, Dies at 70

A tank commander, he earned a Purple Heart when he was badly wounded by shrapnel in an ambush in South Vietnam. Later a postal worker, he died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hopkins-anthony-m-1949-2020, #persian-gulf-war, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Colorado Official Sues Postal Service Over Election Mailer She Says Misleads Voters

The suit comes as the Postal Service has drawn scrutiny for a mail delivery slowdown that Democrats have charged are part of an effort by President Trump to hobble mail-in voting to bolster his re-election.

#colorado, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Dated 1920, a Postcard Finally Gets Delivered

Brittany Keech does not know how a message from 100 years ago landed in her mailbox. Now she’s trying to find relatives of the intended recipient.

#brittany-keech, #michigan, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards

Texas Man Sentenced to Five Years for Planting Bombs in Beaumont

Jonathan Matthew Torres “preyed upon Beaumont,” terrifying residents days after a bomb spree in Austin, federal officials said.

#austin-tex, #beaumont-tex, #bombs-and-explosives, #churches-buildings, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #texas, #torres-jonathan-matthew, #united-states

Postal Service to Tap Republican Lobbyist to Quell Mounting Scrutiny

Facing multiple investigations and calls for his ouster, the postmaster general turned to a G.O.P. lobbyist viewed as adept at reaching out to Democrats.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #pastre-peter, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Democrats Fear Partisan Slant at Postal Service as Trump Allies Dominate Most of Board

The five Republicans on the seven-member board have taken a hands-on role in trying to defend the agency against accusations that it is trying to help the president win a second term by sabotaging voting by mail.

#conflicts-of-interest, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Year of Voting by Mail, a Scramble to Beef Up In-Person Voting, Too

Communities are running short on time to hire poll workers and reconfigure in-person voting to make it safe during a pandemic.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #james-lebron, #maricopa-county-ariz, #more-than-a-vote, #philadelphia-pa, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements

A Big 2020 Campaign Question: Wait, What Day Is It?

Time is marching on, toward Election Day. Somehow.

#absentee-voting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government