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Elimination of Saturday Postal Delivery Is Postponed Until Further Notice


41-cent-flag-stampStatement from

U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

April 10, 2013

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9 and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations.

By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of August 5, 2013.

Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.

The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.

The Board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability. (more…)

April 12, 2013 |

Westchester’s ‘Eden’ Pans Panera



Bedford Hills, tony haven of movie stars and their monied class mates, has nothing on the snooty Westchester County (N.Y.) town of Eastchester, which fancies itself a pristine Garden of Eden. However, not all earthly delights need apply.

Bedford Hills, you see, is cheesy enough to allow a “fast-quick casual” restaurant chain like Panera to exist within its beauteous borders. Erstwhile Eastchester is cheeky enough to turn its “other” cheek (the one always left behind) in Panera’s direction and invite a big, fat, wet kiss.

Eastchester’s proudly puritanical town board and supervisor will not gladly suffer the utterly distasteful blight that “fast-quick casual” grub peddlers inflict on municipalities desperate enough to welcome an arriviste like Panera with open arms, open wallets and hungry residents, who enjoy connecting with others or with the internet (at no charge). (Eastchester’s Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts were grandfathered, so tomorrow they’ll wake up and smell the coffee, still.) (more…)

March 27, 2013 |
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