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  • Sunday, June 23: SEATTLE, WA 7:30pm
    Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle (West Entrance) w/Elliott Bay Book Company
  • Tuesday, June 25: SAN FRANCISCO, CA 7:00pm
    Location: First Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley w/The Booksmith
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  • Friday, June 28: CHICAGO, IL 7:00pm
    Location: Frugal Muse, 7511 Lemont Rd. #146 (Chestnut Court Shopping Center), Darien
  • Saturday, June 29: MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7:00pm
    Location: Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave, St. Paul
  • Friday, July 12: PHILADELPHIA, PA 4:15pm - At Netroots Nation
    Location: PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

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It is true there is a decline in the volume of mail due to the rise in internet and smart phone activities but one of the largest loss over the past decade is due to legislation passed during the Bush presidency that required the USPS's health and pension funds had to be funded for all employees present and future for the next 75 years AND could only be paid out of postage stamp sales!!! I find this preposterous since it meant the Postal Service had to put well over $6Bn each year for 10 years into their employees' retirement trust. I cannot help but wonder if the Republican penchant for privatizing our Postal Service is an attempt to subvert the billions in this trust fund to pay for the tax windfall just awarded to our billionaires.

Are you aware that the Postal Service carries 25% of UPS and FedEx deliveries? UPS and FedEx refuse to deliver to rural America BECAUSE THOSE ROUTES ARE NOT COST EFFECTIVE. So, they deliver to the post office and the Postal Service makes the deliveries.

Our constitution says there will be a post office. What happens if the post office is eliminated? I cannot ship to Europe via private carriers as cheaply as I can mail at Post Office nor mail a letter for $0.49 via UPS or FedEx.

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Sandytowingbiz 1 year 6 weeks ago
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starspace 1 year 5 weeks ago
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Where I live in RURAL AMERICA the United States Postal Service does not deliver mail to my house or street address. While I know full well how Congress is doing everything it can to destroy the United States Postal Service, the United States Postal Service simply does not provide me with the same service those Americans who receive delivery to their physical address receive. Making purchases on the Internet is a nightmare because while UPS and FedEx will deliver to my physical address, the USPS will not. Because of my isolation from the commercial world, I use Amazon frequently for shopping. Thanks to Jeff Bezos's greed, I cannot choose my shipping carrier when using Amazon; therefore, I have to always ship to the USPS local contract post office where this year the cost of this service for a Post Office Box is $120 for 12 months. Let me repeat, I pay to receive mail through the USPS. The way I see it, neither the USPS, the US Congress, nor presidential administrations have any intention of providing me with postal delivery as I think was Benjamin Franklin's vision for postal service in the United States. I have made many calls through Amazon customer service who have directedly called the USPS in the nearby town where USPS routes all my mail. The postal employees at that postal center have always refused to reroute packages to my PO Box when I had attempted to ship to my street address in hopes that UPS or FedEx would deliver my Amazon package. Their refusal to reroute the package instead of refusing that package and returning it to Amazon is just further evidence for me that the USPS has no interest in providing service to the American public.

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angelicamandy12 1 year 3 weeks ago
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All Postal Services were once a vital part of each Nation and its peoples. When it was such it was a highly prized and very respectable job. Private enterprise over the years has demeaned and cheapened the value of the service and thus too the workers within the industry. This trend continues to this day. The calibre of worker is consistent with the disregard and demeaning of the service. Do my Essay

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