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(Family Features) The influence of family can be a powerful thing. When asked who inspired her as a child, Rosa Parks, an extraordinary American activist, answered, "My family, I would say, my mother, and my maternal grandparents. I grew up with them."
(Family Features) Everyone loves to discover a handwritten card or note among a thick stack of mail. Regardless of how many electronic words we get bombarded with each day, the personal touch of a message written by hand remains a special gesture that never goes out of style.
(NAPSI)—Finding the most efficient and cost-effective way to ship a product can be a big challenge when someone is trying to start or grow a small business.
(NAPSI)—While turning 18 is often time for a celebration, for a young man living in the United States, it also brings certain responsibilities.
This is a tale of two agencies, both of them suffering constant criticism from those they serve, both of them suffering constant meddling by those who think they know how they should be run. Both of their most recognizable employees wear blue, both do their work in all kinds of conditions, both have a well-known motto, both are absolutely crucial to civilization, both are being forced to make do with less.
Manny Caughman lets out a small chuckle when asked why a longtime community activist would want to assume the responsibilities and headaches that would come with being elected as the City Councilman in New York’s 27th District.
“If you have a passion for what you do, it isn’t really work,” he said.
After years of mounting debt and scrambling to compete with email, the United States Postal Service is cutting Saturday delivery in an effort to save money, it announced this week.
The elimination of the extra day of service is estimated to save the USPS about $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented in August.
In the Dec 20 issue, Joe Brooks wrote that the United States should have a “one-payer or other universal system” (“For universal care,” Letters). He cites statistics that other countries spend less on healthcare as a percentage of GDP with equivalent results than in the United States.
I would like to ask Mr. Brookssome basic economic questions. First, any business our government is involved with loses money. The Postal Service, Amtrak, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are all money losers. Congressional Budget Office projections of the first 10 years’ costs of Obamacare have doubled within two years. No one has any real idea of what things will cost. Wheredoes the money to pay for a universal system come from?
Mr. Brooks stated that a universal system would cover tens of millions of uninsured people. Since the number of doctors will stay roughly the same, who will see all these patients? How long will those of us who already have insurance have to wait to see a doctor if they have all these added patients?
My sister and her family live in Italy, where there is universal coverage. The public health system there is not as good as in the United States, so people of means pay privately to get better medical care. In Canada, the rich go to the United States so they do not have to wait months to get an operation. Universal coverage is not all that proponents make it out to be. Most people in the U.S. are happy with their health insurance. Why would we want to make major changes and risk having an inferior system?
Mr. Brooks is correct in stating that our current system is broke.Obamacare was passed by people in Congress who had no idea what was in the bill (as admitted by Nancy Pelosi). What is needed is a special bipartisan committee to propose recommendations thatare best for this country. An open discussion of all our options with all the related pros and cons is the way to go. That is what a true democracy is all about.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
For many Queens residents, 2012 will be forever married to Superstorm Sandy and the havoc she wrought. For good or ill, North Queens was spared the brunt of the storm.
A sizeable number of downed trees and power outages hit the area, but most counted their luck. Compared to the borough’s southern edge, Sandy was forgiving to Flushing and its satellite neighborhoods.
Some 48,500 households in the Rockaways have seen their mail service disrupted due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, according to the United States Postal Service, but the agency is making adjustments to deliver mail to its customers.
All of the postal branches in the Rockaways have been closed since the storm, according to Maureen Marion, a spokeswoman for the USPS, with the exception of the Main Post Office at 1836 Mott Ave. in Far Rockaway, which was fitted with generators on Sunday. It reopened Monday and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Voters in the 25th Assembly District will have to choose on Election Day between a young political aide who has spent a solid dose of her professional life traversing the heady waters of Albany, or a wonkish retiree with unorthodox prescriptions for what ails the district.
Politicians have breathed new life into Glendale’s petition for its own ZIP code by elevating it to the national level. Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) took their fight for a unique Glendale area code to the next level after regional United States Postal Service officials gave Glendale a “preferred line” status but denied the ZIP code request.
“Resident-wise, we’re well above or about the same” as surrounding neighborhoods, Miller said. The request for a unique ZIP code was denied because, according to Miller, “we didn’t have enough addresses.”
A routine inspection at Kennedy Airport recently turned up $1 million in counterfeit money orders.
According to a statement issued by United States Customs and Border Protection on Monday, CBP officers found the money orders on Aug. 8 after finding a bulky package that originated in the African nation of Ghana in the airport’s mail branch.
Eight Queens residents were among 13 people indicted last week in connection with an alleged identity theft and counterfeit credit card ring operating out of the borough.
In a statement issued on Aug. 8, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the ring allegedly stole bank account numbers and other personal information to fund shopping sprees as far away as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida.
Community leaders gathered Friday in front of a weedy, neglected entrance to the Bayside Post Office on 42nd Avenue to protest the proposed relocation of the branch.
“This is one of the longest-established businesses in Bayside,” said state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who organized the event. “Moving it to the annex with no parking is absurd.”
There is a problem facing our community that needs to be addressed — the future of our postal system. We hear all the time that the United States Postal Service is losing money, but if a proposed bill in Congress, HR 2309, is passed, the results will be disastrous.
For generations Americans have relied on six-day service of dependable doorstep delivery of everything from postcards to packages. If Congress passes HR 2309, Saturday delivery will be eliminated. In a misguided attempt to purportedly save the USPS, we will inevitably see its rapid decline and eventual death.
The argument in favor of HR 2309 is a weak one. The thought is that to save money, you simply cut back on costs and services. As someone who runs a small business, that kind of thinking is nonsense. You have to ask the follow-up question, “What will the impact of those cutbacks be?” You can’t cut services, raise prices, and be successful. If you limit the service you offer — especially a growing segment of postal business such as parcel delivery — all that will result is a dangerous disadvantage for the USPS.
HR 2309 doesn’t acknowledge that business in America is now conducted around the clock. If Saturday delivery is eliminated, businesses will have to rely on more expensive private services, increasing costs.
Nor does HR 2309 take into account the number of jobs, approximately 80,000, which would be lost. Veterans hold many of these jobs.
We can’t afford to lose the USPS. Urge Congressman Turner to vote against H.R. 2309.
The writer is co-owner of OZ Photos in Forest Hills.
With the possibility that Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s Flushing seat will become vacant if she’s elected to Congress or if she wins the June 26 Democratic primary but loses the general election, candidates from both parties are already starting to line up to fill it.
Last week, the Queens Democratic Party endorsed Ron Kim, 33, as its candidate in the newly created 40th District, the redrawn version of the existing 22nd. On Thursday, Sunny Hahn, 60, announced that she is running as a Republican for the seat. The Queens Republicans have not endorsed a candidate yet.
The United States Postal Service has reversed its decision to close the Whitestone Distribution and Processing facility at 140-02 20 Ave., but not everyone is ready to celebrate just yet.
“We’re cautious,” said Stephen Larkin, executive vice president of the Flushing branch of the American Postal Workers Union. “It’s going to remain open for the moment.”
The United States Postal Service has reversed its decision to close its Whitestone Distribution and Processing facility, according to Rep Gary Ackerman, who made the announcement yesterday.
The USPS’ Whitestone Distribution and Processing Center may be closing come May, but at least one portion will remain open until the fate of the building is determined, according to an area lawmaker, who said she was given verbal confirmation of the move by postal brass.
State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said that an official at the office of Triboro District Manager Frank Calabrese told her that the portion of the plant that accepts bulk amounts of mail from merchants, known as the Queens Business Mail Entry Unit, will remain open after the plant closes and until the fate of the building is determined. Maureen Marion, a spokeswoman for the USPS, confirmed the deal.
A spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service retracted a statement she made to the Queens Chronicle last week on whether all 1,140 people employed at the agency’s Whitestone plant will be kept on once it closes.
The spokeswoman, Darleen Reid, puts it differently, claiming that Chronicle Assistant Editor AnnMarie Costella misquoted her when she reported that Reid said she could “guarantee” no one would be fired as a result of the facility’s planned closure.
In a move that will shift 1,140 jobs out of Queens, the United States Postal Service has decided to close its processing and distribution center in Whitestone, citing a decline in mail volume and mounting debt.
The positions of some 865 employees — 40 managers, 397 clerks, 192 maintenance workers, and 236 mailhandlers — will be eliminated while the jobs of 275 others will be moved, according to the USPS.
In a move that will shift 1,000 jobs out of Queens, the United States Postal Service has decided to close its processing and distribution center in Whitestone, though congressional approval of a change in the delivery standard is needed before the agency can proceed.