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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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he U.S. Postal Service, having lost 29 percent of its first-class mail volume in the last decade, will slow its delivery service beginning next spring -the first time in 40 years -- in an effort to eliminate nearly $3 billion in costs for the cash-strapped agency. “We have to do this in order for the Postal Service to become financially viable,” said David E. Williams, vice president of network operations for USPS, who noted Monday that the organization expects to have a $14 billion debt this year. “We are adjusting operational realities to the current market,” he said, adding that the trend is toward another 47 percent drop in volume between now and 2020. In 2010, the Postal Service processed and delivered 78 billion pieces of firstclass mail, but the coming changes are intended at quickly trimming costs and averting bankruptcy. The reduction in turnaround time could slow everything from check payments to Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines delivered by postal carrier to far-flung suburban and rural communities. That birthday card mailed first-class to Mom also could arrive a day or two late, if people don’t plan ahead. Williams said that instead of having a 6 to 6 1/2-hour operating window, it will expand to 16-20 hours in order to reduce the pieces of equipment needed in the

network. As a result, the Postal Service will lose 252 of the 461 mail processing centers across the country and 28,000 jobs will be cut by the end of 2012. Williams said the changes are not surprises. The Postal Service announced in September that it was looking to make the cuts, which need to go in the Federal Register for a comment period so they can be instituted as early as March. “It’s a potentially major change, but I don’t think consumers are focused on it and it won’t register until the service goes away,” said Jim Corridore, analyst with S&P Capital IQ, who tracks the shipping industry. “Over time, to the extent the customer service experience gets worse, it will only increase the shift away from mail to alternatives. There’s almost nothing you can’t do online that you can do by mail.” The Postal Service already has announced a 1-cent increase in first-class mail to 45 cents beginning Jan. 22. Currently, first-class mail is supposed to be delivered to homes and businesses within the continental U.S. in one to three days; that will be lengthened to two to three days, meaning mailers could no longer expect next-day delivery in surrounding communities. Periodicals could take between two and nine days. About 42 percent of first-class mail is now delivered the following day; another 27 percent arrives in two days, about 31 percent in three days and less than 1 percent in four to five days. Following the change next spring, about 51 percent of all firstPost Office to page 3

Brrrr. Coldest morning in Boise so far this fall

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f you woke up this morning, had to go outside, and complained about how cold it was, you would have been justified. The low temperature recorded Monday morning at the Boise Airport was 18 degrees —  which is one degree colder than the previous low of 19 registered on Saturday morning, according to National Weather Service reports. The average low temperature for the Boise area on Dec. 5 is 26 degrees, so it is slightly below normal. The high temperature for Monday is estimated to only get up to 34 degrees, which is about five degrees below the normal high, according to National Weather Service reports. If that is not good news for you, well, expect more of the same for the rest of the week in Boise. It’s going to be sunny but cold, with temperatures not predicted to break the 40s until Friday at the earliest — although it is expected to warm up slightly over the next five days. The estimated low temperature for Tuesday morning is 16 degrees, but is supposed to be above 20 for the rest of

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Obama Urges Republicans to Pass Payroll Tax Cut

Post Office Aims to Save Billions With Reductions in Workforce, Delivery Time Published December 05, 2011 | FoxNews.com

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uggesting Republicans are hypocritical for saying they won’t raise taxes but refuse to cooperate on a payroll tax holiday extension, President Obama warned Monday that 160 million people will see an increase in their taxes on Jan. 1 unless Republicans agree to a compromise. “I know many Republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes as long as they live,” the president said -- just as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was introducing in the Senate a new proposal to extend the tax holiday. “How can it be the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle-class families? How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high-end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and yet barely lift a finger for taxes going up for 160 million Americans who really

need the help? It doesn’t make sense,” Obama said. Noting that the jobless rate came down 0.4 percentage points last month -- to 8.6 percent, largely the result of Americans leaving the labor force -- the president said that some Republicans have come around to acknowledging that tax cuts will “put money in the back pockets of working Americans.” But, he said, those same lawmakers still insist on paying for the cuts. “I just point out that they haven’t always felt that way. Over the last decade they didn’t feel the need to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which is one of the reasons we face such large deficits,” Obama said. “So forgive me a little bit of confusion when I hear folks insisting on tax cuts being paid for.” Payroll to page 3

U.S. Military Sources: Iran Has Missing U.S. Drone Published December 05, 2011 | FoxNews.com

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U.S. super-secret spy plane believed to be in Iranian possession could be a major loss for the U.S. military -- and a major gain for Iran. According to a senior U.S. military source with intimate knowledge of the Sentinel drone, the aircraft likely “wandered” into Iranian air space after losing contact with its handlers and is presumed to be intact since it is programmed to fly level and find a place to land, rather than crashing. “This is a big prize in terms of technology,” a senior U.S. military source

told Fox News. The spy plane uses the same stealth technology as the drone used to monitor the compound during the raid that killed Usama bin Laden, U.S. military sources told Fox News on Monday. Military sources confirmed that the Iranians have the RQ-170 drone, which is so advanced that the U.S. Air Force has not distributed even a photo of it. However, they did not say that the Iranians shot down the spy plane, as was reported by Iran’s official IRNA news agency. U.S. Military to page 3

Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting 11/21/2011 the week. High temperatures are expected to be around 38 or 39, with an estimated high of 41 on Friday, according to reports. The cold weather is not bringing any snow with it, which is bad news for ski areas like Bogus Basin Mountain Resort and other mountain areas. National Weather Service reports don’t show any moisture coming into the mountain areas until early next week, and that is not expected to be bring any significant accumulation.

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acey and Ashley Gray, 2, held by their parents Jason and Emily Gray, Boise, soak in the glow from the holiday lights at the annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Monday Nov. 21, 2011 in Boise. Hundreds of people young and old gathered at the steps of the Idaho Statehouse event, sipping hot chocolate and listening to holiday music from children’s choirs and military bands.

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