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Ever Wonder What Zip Code Numbers Mean?

If you remember Mr. Zip you are showing your age. Mr. Zip was the friendly animated postal worker that was used to promote the Postal Service's "new" delivery system using zip codes. Fifty-two years ago the first zip codes came out with ZIP being an acronym for Zoning Improvement Plan.  

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Robert Boyle, Getty Images

Postage Rate Increase Takes Effect This Monday

Beginning January 27, the cost of mailing a first class letter will be going up again to 49 cents, three cents higher than the current rate. The postcard rate will also increase from 33 to 34 cents.

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Look for Cluster Mailboxes in Your Future Instead of Home Delivery

A lot of things get done in Washington.  Some get the headlines and others get swept under the rug. One such piece of information came from a recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that approved a plan to phase out door to door delivery of mail.  The proposal is to move closer to cluster boxes and curbside delivery instead of the way it is now, door to door.

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Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Tid Bits From The Big Dog

The more stories I read the more I have become convinced that people are getting increasing more ridiculous. Here are a few examples of stories I came across recently.

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Patrick Donahoe, Getty Images

Saturday Mail Delivery to End August 1

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced at a news conference today that the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting August 1,but will continue delivering packages.

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Photo by: Robyn Beck
Photo by: Robyn Beck

Please Send a Letter

It was back in February when word came down that a number of employees at the Quincy Mail Processing and Distribution Center were notified that they will lose their jobs as part of a nationwide consolidation of postal operations. A U.S. Postal Service Spokeswoman said that much of the Quincy Center's processing and distribution will be folded in to the Columbia, Missouri Operations.

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