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Late mail leaves rural America disconnected

“For people out here, the Postal Service is absolutely a lifeline," a West Virginia farmer said.
 
........Recent Postal Service delays have affected millions of Americans’ packages and letters, but the impact has been particularly widespread and difficult in rural communities, which depend on the federal agency more than densely populated regions of the United States.

In addition to chicks and other small livestock, including honeybees, farmers order seeds and specialty tools they can no longer purchase locally.

Meanwhile, hundreds of rural pharmacies have closed in recent years, leaving residents dependent on mailed prescriptions. In addition, millions of people living in remote areas lack broadband internet, so they rely on the Postal Service to pay bills, receive paychecks, conduct business and correspond with family and friends. ..........

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dead-chicks-delayed-prescriptions-late-mail-leaves-rural-america-disconnected-n1239373?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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2 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Late mail leaves rural America disconnected

“For people out here, the Postal Service is absolutely a lifeline," a West Virginia farmer said.
 
........Recent Postal Service delays have affected millions of Americans’ packages and letters, but the impact has been particularly widespread and difficult in rural communities, which depend on the federal agency more than densely populated regions of the United States.

In addition to chicks and other small livestock, including honeybees, farmers order seeds and specialty tools they can no longer purchase locally.

Meanwhile, hundreds of rural pharmacies have closed in recent years, leaving residents dependent on mailed prescriptions. In addition, millions of people living in remote areas lack broadband internet, so they rely on the Postal Service to pay bills, receive paychecks, conduct business and correspond with family and friends. ..........

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dead-chicks-delayed-prescriptions-late-mail-leaves-rural-america-disconnected-n1239373?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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Say it all together you rural MAGA people: “Thank you Donald Trump!”!

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1 hour ago, Arturo said:

Say it all together you rural MAGA people: “Thank you Donald Trump!”!

Coronavirus

Insulting the military

And now the destruction of the US Postal Service--

If those individuals adversely affected by these unnecessary-- but very tragic situations, still want to vote for trump--

Then there are quite a few Choice words, which could describe them.

But I would just say that I feel very sorry for them.

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14 States Ask Judge to Reverse Changes at US Postal Service-

The motion noted that 78% of the machines slated for removal were in counties won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016

 

"........... the 14 states — including the battlegrounds of Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin — said that although mail delays have eased since the service cuts first created a national uproar in July, on-time deliveries remain well below their prior levels, meaning millions of pieces of mail that would otherwise arrive on-time no longer are. ......

........The lawsuit, filed last month, argues that federal law requires the Postal Service to go through specific procedures before making changes that affect nationwide service,

including a review by the Postal Regulatory Commission and a public comment period. It also alleges that the changes interfered with the states' ability to administer their elections.

Besides Washington, those suing include Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin — all led by Democratic attorneys general.

Pennsylvania and New York are each leading separate coalitions of states also suing over the changes. Montana filed its own lawsuit Tuesday. ......

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/states-ask-judge-to-reverse-changes-at-us-postal-service/2337114/?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_CHBrand

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Postal police union sues USPS, DeJoy over limits to mail theft enforcement authority

The union argues that this unilateral change by USPS managers violates their collective bargaining agreement

 

"........USPS implemented the change on Aug. 25,

a day AFTER DeJoy testified to Congress amid mounting concerns that policy changes he implemented were delaying mail service and could jeopardize record numbers of mail-in ballots expected in the presidential election.

 

......the USPS leader "declared that Postal Police Officers should no longer be assigned to investigate or prevent mail theft or protection of letter carriers" unless it occurred on Postal Service premises.

This would be a sharp break, the union alleges, from decades-old practices.

"Postal Police Officers have arrested countless individuals for all manner of crimes away from postal real estate, either by themselves or in concert with other agents," the association notes. "Those officers were often tasked with conducting searches and seizures of arrested individuals, with the evidence obtained used to help secure criminal convictions and imprisonment for some of those arrested."..........

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/14/postal-service-police-union-sues-dejoy-414537?fbclid=IwAR3Kxs6gYTMXFiwbL7eb73kFDJsDFQCtTXvzZwFEaQRsksokGrMV4gXxSIQ

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.............the USPS leader "declared that Postal Police Officers should no longer be assigned to investigate or prevent

mail theft or protection of letter carriers"

unless it occurred on Postal Service premises. "

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Don't worry.........

Nothing suspicious here

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A U.S. judge has blocked Postal Service changes that slowed mail and prompted concerns about absentee voting.
 
Fed Judge in Washington grants nationwide injunction on USPS changes finding
 
USPS "involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service...likely to irreparably harm the states’ ability to administer the 2020 general election.”
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Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands.

It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.

More than 50,000 workers have taken time off for virus-related reasons, slowing mail delivery.

The Postal Service doesn’t test employees or check their temperatures, and its contact tracing is erratic.

https://www.propublica.org/article/poorly-protected-postal-workers-are-catching-covid-19-by-the-thousands-its-one-more-threat-to-voting-by-mail?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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DeJoy Says Mail Sorting Machines Were Stripped For Parts And Can't Be Reinstalled-

"Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told a federal court that hundreds of high-speed mail sorting machines he ordered removed cannot be returned to service because they were stripped for parts.

DeJoy and the U.S.Postal Service presented the excuse in a response filed Wednesday to a nationwide order issued by U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, last week

demanding the return of some 700 machines that had been taken out of service.

“Dismantled machines ‘are generally dissembled for their usable parts, with such parts being removed to maintain or enhance other machines,’” DeJoy, a loyalist and major contributor to President Donald Trump’s campaign, stated in his response. “It is therefore not possible to return such machines to service.”

But witnesses reported that many of the expensive machines were quickly dismantled and tossed into dumpsters as scrap.

The injunction noted that 72% of the ripped out machines were in counties Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election. ...........

https://news.yahoo.com/postmaster-dejoy-sorting-machines-stripped-for-parts-120053250.html?ncid=twitter_yahoonewst_sjwumo1bpf4

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New Jersey mailman, 26, faces up to five years in prison for 'dumping 99 ballots that were meant for voters in heavily Democratic suburbs'

New Jersey mailman, 26, 'dumped ballots in the trash meant for voters in heavily

A postal employee in New Jersey dumped more than 1,800 pieces of mail, including 99 ballots for the upcoming election, that were intended for households in heavily Democratic areas, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, faced arraignment later on Wednesday in federal court in Newark on charges of delay, secretion or detention of mail and obstruction of mail. If convicted of delay of mail, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A conviction for obstruction of mail carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. It was not known if he had retained a lawyer. Beauchene has not responded to a request from DailyMail.com for comment.

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Regarding International mail, just receive the Owl solar light I ordered 6 months ago from Hong Kong.

Normally it takes 3-4 weeks.

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My mom ordered a fruit cake back during the mid '60s expecting it any day now still fresh. :wacko:

 

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"........ Its current position, in essence, is that the “property” the police are supposed to protect pertains to real estate and not to the mail itself or Postal Service collection boxes and vehicles, according to a brief filed by lawyers representing the postal service.........

The agency’s unilateral order ended daily patrols meant to prevent robberies of blue collection boxes and mail vehicles, and has left letter carriers without escorts on unsafe routes in some of the nation’s biggest cities......."

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"The USPS turned down a federal judge’s order late Tuesday afternoon to sweep mail processing facilities serving 15 states.
 
The judge’s order came after the agency disclosed that more than 300,000 ballots nationwide could not be traced." -- Washington Post
 
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5 minutes ago, mr6666 said:
"The USPS turned down a federal judge’s order late Tuesday afternoon to sweep mail processing facilities serving 15 states.
 
The judge’s order came after the agency disclosed that more than 300,000 ballots nationwide could not be traced." -- Washington Post
 
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".........But in a filing sent to the court just before 5 p.m., Justice Department attorneys representing the Postal Service said the agency would not abide by the order to better accommodate inspector's schedules.

"This daily review process, however, occurs at different times every day," DOJ attorney John Robinson wrote. "Specifically, on Election Night, it is scheduled to occur from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., a time period developed by Postal Service Management and the Postal Inspection Service in order to ensure that Inspectors are on site to ensure compliance at the critical period before the polls close. Given the time constraints set by this Court's order, and the fact that Postal Inspectors operate on a nationwide basis, Defendants were unable to accelerate the daily review process to run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00pm without significantly disrupting preexisting activities on the day of the Election, something which Defendants did not understand the Court to invite or require."...........

 

"This is super frustrating," NAACP attorney Allison Zieve said. "If they get all the sweeps done today in time, it doesn't matter if they flouted the judge's order. They say here they will get the sweeps done between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., but 8 p.m. is too late, and in some states, 5 p.m. is too late.".........

Voting and postal experts say the mail agency should be able to process 97% of incoming ballots - or completed ballots sent to election officials. But data show the Postal Service missed that mark seven out of eight days. And in the past five days, processing scores dropped from 97.1% on Oct. 28, to 89.6% on Nov. 2 (the Postal Service did not report Sunday data).

In 17 postal districts that cover 151 electoral votes, Monday's on-time processing rate was even lower: 81.1%..............

 

......(Judge) Sullivan contrasted the chaotic mishmash of Election Day rules with the relative simplicity of the federal income tax deadline. "Think about it. Every year everyone knows to file taxes by April 15th. It's seamless. If you don't file, there's penalties. But everyone knows - that's a given."

By contrast, state vote-by-mail deadlines present a spaghetti-like tangle for the Postal Service and voters to navigate.

 

"Postmarks matter, postmarks don't matter . . .. Delivery matters, delivery after a date doesn't matter. Why can't there be one set of rules?" Sullivan said,.........

https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/usps-disregards-court-order-ballot-sweeps-12-districts-20201103.html

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25 minutes ago, Hibi said:

If Biden wins, DeJoy's days are numbered.

Not so sure.  Trump didn't appoint DeJoy, although he obviously was pushed by Trump or one of his people.  The Postal Service board appoints the PG.  But sure that if Biden wins, DeJoy will be on the hot seat and gone as soon as possible.

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USPS Faces Busiest Time of the Year With More Than 14,000 Employees Quarantined

COVID-19 cases are spiking within the Postal Service workforce at the worst possible time.

".......DeJoy said USPS has taken steps to “support these areas,” but called on employees to do their part in staying healthy by practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. He noted the Postal Service has brought on 50,000 seasonal employees, as is typical during the holidays. The Postal Service is also delivering packages on Sunday in most regions of the country.

 
 

Shortly after his swearing in earlier this year, DeJoy implemented operational changes calling for facilities to slash late and extra mail transportation trips. This led to mail being left behind each day and widespread delays.

Federal court orders ultimately forced USPS to walk back those policies, though postal management is currently appealing those injunctions in hopes of reinstating the reforms.

The Postal Service has yet to recover from the delays experienced over the summer, and widespread reports indicate customers are increasingly frustrated by slow deliveries. ..........

https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/12/usps-faces-busiest-time-year-more-14000-employees-quarantined/170788/

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USPS Faces Busiest Time of the Year With More Than 14,000 Employees Quarantined

COVID-19 cases are spiking within the Postal Service workforce at the worst possible time.

".......DeJoy said USPS has taken steps to “support these areas,” but called on employees to do their part in staying healthy by practicing physical distancing, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. He noted the Postal Service has brought on 50,000 seasonal employees, as is typical during the holidays. The Postal Service is also delivering packages on Sunday in most regions of the country.

 
 

Shortly after his swearing in earlier this year, DeJoy implemented operational changes calling for facilities to slash late and extra mail transportation trips. This led to mail being left behind each day and widespread delays.

Federal court orders ultimately forced USPS to walk back those policies, though postal management is currently appealing those injunctions in hopes of reinstating the reforms.

The Postal Service has yet to recover from the delays experienced over the summer, and widespread reports indicate customers are increasingly frustrated by slow deliveries. ..........

https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2020/12/usps-faces-busiest-time-year-more-14000-employees-quarantined/170788/

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The attempt to **** up the post office enough to throw the election may have failed in that regard

but holy **** was it mission accomplished in nuking holiday shipping.

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How difficult will it be for Biden to get rid of DeJoy?  He was not appointed by Trump, but by the US Postal Service Board of Governors.  The governors are appointed by president with consent of senate to nine year terms.

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