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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fort Thomas Post Office Under Review

First, let's cut to the root of this. The US Post Office is inefficient, to put it mildly. They lose money and run deficits yearly - to the tune of 8 billion dollars last year. The Fort Thomas Post Office is one of many offices around the nation that is being audited for review by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Coming under review doesn’t necessarily mean an office will close. The post office announced in January it was reviewing 1,400 offices for closing. So far, 280 have been closed and 200 have finished the review process and will remain open.

Once an office is selected for a review, people served by that office will have 60 days to file their comments. If an office is to be closed, they will be able to appeal to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.

If it does close, it could be an inconvenience, albeit a pretty small one - the next closest post office is in Newport. But to call a spade a spade, I would bet 90% of the comments filed to the Postal Regulatory Commission will be from the residents who have not embraced new means of communication. That's not a knock on our older residents, but how much longer will government run agencies be allowed to run in the red? This speaks to a larger issue that we are no doubt being inundated from all media outlets.

The tipping point has undoubtedly been reached for the US Mail. They are being forced to evolve or risk going belly up - like a real business. Obviously, I wouldn't cheer for losing our post office, but if this is the beginning of government being forced to become more solvent in their dealings, I say bring it on.


  1. The USPS is NOT a business, it's mission is to deliver everywhere in the USA for a reasonable price. It is a service, it helps commerce and is a bedrock entity that fulfills its mission wonderfully.

    The USPS is not chartered to make a profit, only to offer delivery. That said, it is a dinosaur. We should close redundant offices and reduce days of delivery, among other valid changes and upgrades.

    The canard that the USPS is "inefficient" completely misses the point.

  2. We agree that it's a dinosaur, but perhaps you have missed my point. The USPS is just one example of a government entity that SHOULD be run like a business.

    When there is no incentive to keep a bottom line in the black, you will constantly run into the problems the post office is now.

  3. A "reasonable price"? Take whatever we as customers paid to send our mail and add $8 billion. That's how much money USPS lost last year. That is a cost borne by all of us who pay federal taxes.

  4. 1. If Federal Express or UPS or DHL had to deliver all the junk mail I get and all my neighbors get, at the dirt cheap prices the lobbyists have convinced Congress to implement, they'd be broke too. You can't expect it to run like a business when Congress is setting your prices.

    2. I'm as wired as anybody, and darken the door of the US PO in Ft. T frequently, and there's ALWAYS a line, and it's not always old people.

    3. Post Office inefficiency is a myth. They're just a handy excuse: I spent forty years in banking, and I can tell you that the USPS has never in my life been known to lose a customer's interest check, but loses about a fifth of the past due notices. Funny how they knbow the difference.

  5. I understand your points, Mark, but how about trying to report the news (if this is what you want the blog to be) in a nonbiased manner. I used to read the blog all the time, but now I find it is just beginning to be a place for writers to spew political views.

  6. What about the people, organizations & businesses who use PO Boxes?

  7. Here is a good read on the state of the Usps, how other countries run a succesful postal service, and what the future will likely look like for the US postal service