We had lots of visitors to the postalnews blog during 2013, as stakeholders argued over the shape of postal reform, and Congress did what it does best: hold hearings, think up names for post offices, and, above all, take vacations.
Here are the top ten most read stories from last year:
Yes, this one, from October, pretty much went viral! The bizarre saga of the stamps intended to promote exercise, that were pulled because some found that they depicted unsafe activities. Most people seemed to find it all pretty silly, but the wing-nut brigade went ballistic! For them it was a perfect storm of their favorite faux outrage, a full blown nanny state/political correctness/Michelle Obama hysteria. Never mind that there was never any evidence that the First Lady had even been aware of the stamps, much less “forced” the USPS to destroy them as some of the right wingers claimed. If it had happened a month or two later, I’m sure someone would have found a way to relate it to Fox News’s annual “War on Christmas™” festivities!
Not surprisingly, the second most read post, from September 5, had to do with early outs…
Anticipation! It turned out the big announcement was the plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, except for packages. If you’ve forgotten how that turned out, scroll down to #6…
The annual ritual.
Tragedy struck a young letter carrier out delivering mail after dark.
#6 24 Senators tell PMG he can’t end Saturday delivery (and ask what suddenly gave him the idea that he could!)
The PMG learns there is a big difference between what he can technically do under the law, and what he can actually get away with…
Long story short: “We are disappointed that the Award continued limited no layoff protection and restrictions to contracting out.”
Maybe someday- but not just yet!
When you’re a letter carrier out on the street, you just never know who might be watching you. And making a video recording. And preparing to upload it to YouTube…
The arbitration award raised as many questions as it answered.
OK, so it’s really a top eleven list- how could we leave out the news that the USPS was giving a self-proclaimed “futurist” half a million bucks to “divine” the future of stamps? “Faith Popcorn”, as she calls herself, was to have submitted her prophecies by November, but they have yet to be revealed. Even I could have predicted that!