On the Spectrum: USPS to blame for late papers

Does your Clear Lake Observer-American arrive too late for you to attend events taking place on the date of publication? The blame lies with the U.S. Postal Service . Full Story
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“Used to be"Just Wondering"”

Since: Jul 09

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#22 Aug 28, 2009
MYOB wrote:
I think one of the other change that seem non productive is the removal of a slot to drop in the Post Office mail that will be labled local mail
Everything gets dropped into out of town mail...and many slots for DVD's. But that could be a move for job security.
It's a union thing, actualy three unions. In order to process local mail the post office would need a "postal clerk" to sort the mail, "window clerks" are not allowed to do this only handle pre-sorted mail. Likewise "letter cariers" only handle pre-sorted mail to merge with bulk advertising etc before delivery.
At least that was how it was in 1997 contracts may have changed but I doubt by much. The more USPS automates the harder the unions dig in to protect jobs by no allowing crossover work. Of course you have the "mail handlers" who move the mail from the loading dock to the clerks.

It's really quite amazing how they have each others backs. Sixhunderd page books covering every little detail from lighting to temprature to bathroom breaks. Then there are several levels of managment who are selected from the most dimwitted sheep to follow orders. Most of the managers I worked with could not even write a memo.

One of the funiest things I saw was when they assigned a deaf mute clerk to the pickup window for the postboxes, or the window clerk who only spoke chinese and nodded her head a lot. I can laugh about it now 12 years later but I could clearly see why some workers "go postal".
Ed Denson

Milpitas, CA

#23 Aug 28, 2009
This seems like faulted logic. The newspaper is responsible for getting its product to consumers on time. If the USPS doesn't do the job correctly, then it is the newspaper's responsibility to find an alternative or not make promises they can't keep.

“Used to be"Just Wondering"”

Since: Jul 09

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#24 Aug 28, 2009
Ed Denson wrote:
This seems like faulted logic. The newspaper is responsible for getting its product to consumers on time. If the USPS doesn't do the job correctly, then it is the newspaper's responsibility to find an alternative or not make promises they can't keep.
Hey I have an idea! Bring back paper routes, the girls and boys of Lake County could make some change, get some exercise riding their bikes to work off all those cheeseburgers and the subscribers get their papers on time.
Tom Post

Henderson, NV

#25 Aug 28, 2009
This is another sign of denial and irrelevance with the local newspaper. Its columnists rarely right on anything of significance; am I the only one to notice the record unemployment, record foreclosures, and record bankruptcies in Lake County over the past year? Visiting Dallas in June, I saw an AP report in the Morning News which cited Lake County as the fifth-most economically depressed place in all of California. Some how this has eluded the talents of the Record-Bee staff, who instead choose to write about the post office, concert reviews, Henry David Thereau (a resident of Lake County?), lemonade stands, and other useless drivel.

As for the Observer, anyone can see that it is just a reprint of news already in the Record-Bee. I guess the greedy corporate owners think they can make more money double-dipping.
Donna Christopher

Milton, FL

#26 Aug 28, 2009
Post #21 - they took away your town's local mail slot? That's a foolish business move as the price of a stamp is still the same whether you move the letter 50 feet or give it a round trip to Petaluma and back. We still have ours in Lucerne but that is probably due to the high volumne of mail being put in the wrong number box.
Ddd

United States

#27 Aug 28, 2009
Occupant wrote:
Cynthia, are you new to this country? The mail is sent to the North Bay sorting facility because THAT IS THE SORTING FACILITY. There is no Lake County Sorting Facility. Would you like to open one? It's not terribly easy. But feel free!
The part of this article I am most surprised by is that anyone is upset by getting this paper late.
What, their canaries can't wait an extra day to do their business?
This isn't a newspaper- it's a systematic death machine for trees.
I have been reading small-town news all over the country for many, many years- and this is the most laughably stupid church bulletin I have ever encountered!
You do not 'do' news. You do tripe. When it comes to the real issues, like the incredible amount of money wasted on the most incompetent city council in the history of city councils, you decide it's too risky to report news and instead regurgitate off-the-wire stories from a week ago and religious announcements!
Blame the post office? Classy Cindy, real classy.
Grow a backbone and find out why WE STILL HAVE DIRT ROADS? Find out why 99% of OUR taxes go to "Administrative Costs" and not MAINTENANCE OF OUR PATHETIC INFRASTRUCTURE!!!
You have no business collecting a check for this drivel. The most helpful news I get from this rag are the sale ads for the supermarkets.
Sounds to me like subscriptions are just falling like Obama’s numbers, maybe you could try some objective non opinionated journalism. And from the "reporting" giving in that rag, you would think Clearlake is thriving....forget that about 70% of the businesses are boarded up. Can’t have no “Big Box” stores, that actually might employ some folks year round, not like the vineyards who hire only illegals, who skip town with their money, and leaving us with their “families” medical bills (We’ll just let everyone spend their taxes in another county, rather than shop here) great fiscal planning.
The City wants a poor uniformed populous, and both local papers facilitate it with ease. That's why this City will never be anything more than a pit of "some hard working" folks and a whole bunch of burnt out old hippies, running the infrastructure.
That “news” paper is just a propaganda tool for the Konocti School District, City of Clearlake, oh and let’s not forget the County. As long as the teachers can keep getting raises,$10 million, gymnasiums, everything is just grand, and will be reported as such.
I’m actually surprised she didn’t blame a, Bush conspiracy for silencing opinion.
Occupant

Lucerne, CA

#28 Aug 28, 2009
Ddd wrote:
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Sounds to me like subscriptions are just falling like Obama’s numbers, maybe you could try some objective non opinionated journalism. And from the "reporting" giving in that rag, you would think Clearlake is thriving....forget that about 70% of the businesses are boarded up. Can’t have no “Big Box” stores, that actually might employ some folks year round, not like the vineyards who hire only illegals, who skip town with their money, and leaving us with their “families” medical bills (We’ll just let everyone spend their taxes in another county, rather than shop here) great fiscal planning.
The City wants a poor uniformed populous, and both local papers facilitate it with ease. That's why this City will never be anything more than a pit of "some hard working" folks and a whole bunch of burnt out old hippies, running the infrastructure.
That “news” paper is just a propaganda tool for the Konocti School District, City of Clearlake, oh and let’s not forget the County. As long as the teachers can keep getting raises,$10 million, gymnasiums, everything is just grand, and will be reported as such.
I’m actually surprised she didn’t blame a, Bush conspiracy for silencing opinion.
You had me until Obama's numbers. Are you suggesting that Democrat's are controlling Clearlake? If so, you are sorely mistaken (not to mention probably living no where near
here). Trying to tie this 30 year old fraud of a "city" with the Obama administration is, well, just plain stupid.

This transcends politics, this is just simple old-fashioned Tammany hall type corruption and greed.
Ms Humboldt

Eureka, CA

#29 Aug 29, 2009
Turkey Tom: "Yeah, this site has a lot of a-holes for sure and Ms Humboldt is one of the leaders in the clubhouse"

Hey Tom, do you think what you wrote might be considered "Libel" and defamatory?

Were you attempting to damage my personal or professional reputation?

If you were, I have some crazy friendly yippie friends that just happen to be lawyers and i'm sure my IT buddies could trace your IP.

I'm the leader of the A**hole club-house? Last time i checked, weren't you a member? You should thank me for making sure our organization thrives and is recognized by the general public. Do you realize that our "CLUB" has lots of volunteers and members that WORK FOR FREE? We don't get free health care like some other A$$HOLE "clubs" I shall leave unnamed.
thanks for the humor

Sacramento, CA

#30 Aug 29, 2009
well, for me, I have sent packages through USPS for the past 9 years 3 times a week without ever having a problem. They cost less than UPS and Fedex and are faster and more reliable and deliver on Saturday for free. I would never use UPS or fedex for anything, they are unpredictable, slow and expensive. USPS does the job for me every time. No idea what is happening in Lake county, but I imagine like everything else there, it doesn't work right. As for the rest of the country, USPS is great.
Ddd

United States

#31 Aug 30, 2009
Occupant wrote:
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You had me until Obama's numbers. Are you suggesting that Democrat's are controlling Clearlake? If so, you are sorely mistaken (not to mention probably living no where near
here). Trying to tie this 30 year old fraud of a "city" with the Obama administration is, well, just plain stupid.
This transcends politics, this is just simple old-fashioned Tammany hall type corruption and greed.
Same thinking, same outcome. No President, or any Elected Representative has, given a ______ about Lake County, nor has one given a ____ about anything but their own collective butts.
Also, you can't swing a dead cat in Lake County without hitting a collection of, the most liberal examples of Democrats in the U.S.!!! This whole State has been run (into the ground) over the last 30 years by total Democrat(ic) control and philosophies, that's a FACT.
You probably think Arnold Scwartzenkennedy is a Conservative Republican, that would be a gross distortion of a definition.
CLO Resident

Kelseyville, CA

#32 Aug 30, 2009
OMG Turkey Tom and Ms. Humboldt.. Please take it out to the "playground". UGH!!!
PM-
Occupant

Lucerne, CA

#33 Aug 30, 2009
Ddd wrote:
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Same thinking, same outcome. No President, or any Elected Representative has, given a ______ about Lake County, nor has one given a ____ about anything but their own collective butts.
Also, you can't swing a dead cat in Lake County without hitting a collection of, the most liberal examples of Democrats in the U.S.!!! This whole State has been run (into the ground) over the last 30 years by total Democrat(ic) control and philosophies, that's a FACT.
You probably think Arnold Scwartzenkennedy is a Conservative Republican, that would be a gross distortion of a definition.
You are such an idiot if you believe that!! This is the Bush Administration on a small scale.

Democrats made Lake County?!?

You are an IDIOT REPUBLICAN liar!
That's so typical! Ruin something then blame the other party. No,Ddd, you are a lying sack of crap! REPUBLICANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS.

Not Jews, not gays, not democrats, REPUBLICANS.

You are an idiot. Feel free to challenge, and I will SHOW everyone what an idiot you are!
Occupant

Lucerne, CA

#34 Aug 30, 2009
I bet you are from Kelseyville.

Why? Because this last election showed just how white and bigoted Kelseyville is!

So much so that I have chosen to spend my money everywhere BUT there!

They are racists full of hatred.

Disagree? Then why were the densest grouping of hate-speech signs in Kelseyville? Kelseyville was founded on LIES and racist HATRED. Kelsey was an IGNORANT MURDERING IDIOT. Oh, how proud! Why not host a lynching to show your pride?

Several citizens of Kelseyville just got aroused.

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