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Parting Shot — 7.19.12

I don't know why I'm so captivated by a couple of Lyndon LaRouchers from Seattle spending part of their day today in front of the Hayden post office, collecting signatures calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Do you suppose that I miss the excitement of the failed Coeur d'Alene recall attempt when it was hard to drive anywhere in town without someone trying to get you to sign their petitions? Hard to say. But I appreciate the photos emailed to HucksOnline by photographer Duane Rasmussen.

Question: Why do you suppose the Seattle LaRouchers picked the Hayden post office for their HQ?

LaRouche Backers Invade Hayden

Lyndon LaRouche people from out-of-stater were in front of the Hayden post office today collecting signatures in an attempt to impeach President Barack Obama. Remember that Scanner Traffic item re: loiterers on the sidewalk in front of the post office. Apparently, it was these guys. Huckleberries hears … that they were polite and moved away from certain areas when they were told to do so. (BTW, I noticed that Hitler-type mustache on President Obama's photo in case you were wondering.) Duane Rasmussen photo special to HucksOnline.

Question: Why would anyone come to Idaho to waste time gathering signatures for the impeachment of President Barack Obama?

Movin’ out

 My dad was described as a “downtown kind of guy.” He loved to walk through the Minneapolis skyways at noon. Strolling through the department stores and walkways on his way to lunch, he’d say hello to people he knew, and give us the details:  “I went to school with him in Duluth…his son plays in the Edina High School Varsity Band…” And he had his favorite stops for errands –  drop off dry cleaning, replace a watch battery and mail a package - as well as  for conversations.

Downtown Spokane has a similar heartbeat: Riverfront Park, favorite eateries, upscale shopping and the I-need-to-mail-a -package post office, in a favorite, historic, 102-year-old building.  

Today, the United States Postal Service announced it will be vacating that sacred space next year for a yet- to-be-determined location.

These transitions from the old to the unknown mark our contemporary climate and remind us of life’s inherent uncertainty; a transition for a "downtown kind of person" now needing a new routine for errands and conversation. And that lovely building seeking new first-floor tenants.  

City Council rejects ‘Do Not Mail’ concept

Post Office employees are fighting back against a proposal to allow people to “opt out” from receiving bulk mail.

On Monday, the Spokane City Council rejected a non-binding resolution asking the state Legislature to create a registry that would allow people to decline bulk mail.

Spokane Postmaster Karen Fairlee and several postal workers testified against the idea, as did a few owners of local print shops.

U.S Stamps To Jump 2 Cents In May

The post office will get an extra 2-cents worth when you mail a letter starting in May. The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that the price of a first-class stamp will rise to 44 cents on May 11. That gives plenty of time to stock up on Forever Stamps, which will continue to sell at the current 42-cent rate until the increase occurs. They will remain valid in the future regardless of rate hikes/AP, SR. More here.

Question: How high will stamp prices have to go before you begin seeking alternatives to first-class mail (if you haven’t already)?

Local Postal Hero Loses Job

Item: Postal worker hero loses his job; Man who helped save woman on route was in accident on same day/Alecia Warren, CDA Press

More Info: Although neither he nor post office officials were permitted to disclose the details of the situation, his father, David, said Isaac lost his contract because of an incident when his delivery truck skidded on an icy road and knocked into a mailbox. The mailbox was undamaged, but the run-in shattered a window on the truck. Just enough to be deemed an accident — and it’s post office policy not to keep on temporary employees who have been in any accidents, David said. “This involved no people, no other cars,” David said. “This is the craziest thing.”

Question: Should the post office opt for common sense over policy re: this situation?

Riverside post office closes

The historic Post Office on Riverside Avenue at Lincoln Street was closed today, but postal employees leaving the building said that other post offices remained open.