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WSJ: Post office subsidizes Amazon package deliveries

Just when I thought I’d seen it all.   According to the Wall Street Journal article Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery:

… The U.S. Postal Service delivers the company’s boxes well below its own costs. Like an accelerant added to a fire, this subsidy is speeding up the collapse of traditional retailers in the U.S. and providing an unfair advantage for Amazon. …

… An April analysis from Citigroup estimates that if costs were fairly allocated, on average parcels would cost $1.46 more to deliver. It is as if every Amazon box comes with a dollar or two stapled to the packing slip—a gift card from Uncle Sam.

Amazon is big enough to take full advantage of “postal injection,” and that has tipped the scales in the internet giant’s favor. Select high-volume shippers are able to drop off presorted packages at the local Postal Service depot for “last mile” delivery at cut-rate prices. …

That’s the dreaded handoff by UPS or Fed Ex to the Kingman post office. 

And because Amazon is not capable of assigning separate shipping addresses for USPS v UPS / Fed Ex, packages are often returned as undeliverable.  It helps to add your box # to the zip code, such as 86444-0123, but doesn’t always work.

Additionally, I have to make a 20 mile round trip to the post office and waste at least an hour of my time!

And of course you never know WHEN the Meadview post office is open, as I wrote a couple weeks ago:

Meadview post office CLOSED while they sort mail

So there we go again.  The people suffer while the corporations get the free rides.

Not great …

And I think you couldn’t find a better example to prove that private business is NOT smarter or more efficient than the government operating the exact same business.   The Meadview post office is a contract station — a FOR PROFIT business.   And somehow it is not possible to sort the mail AFTER hours, even though Loretta just REDUCED the hours in April and the post office opens at 11 am instead of 9 am.    A 10-year old ought to be able to figure out that if the mail comes in late, you either sort late after closing or sort in the morning before opening.

Rocket science?
Or just enjoying the drama?

Loretta???

FYI, I have an Amazon business account, not Prime, since I get free 2 day shipping for orders over $45.  I had called them and requested that they NOT EVER ship through the post office and they had promised to make changes to my account settings.

A couple weeks later another package went to the post office (after showing as returned undeliverable in the tracking online) and I called Amazon again.  Was told that the last guy didn’t make any changes to my account and they promised to do it right this time.  They can’t guarantee that the post office will never get my package, but it’s less likely and they confirmed the changes by email. So far so good, but it’s only been a few weeks.  Don’t know whether they’ll do this for Prime customers too.

The post office is required to provide uniform price and quality?

… The post office has long had a legal monopoly to deliver first-class mail, or nonurgent letters. The exclusivity comes with a universal-service obligation—to provide for all Americans at uniform price and quality. This communication service helps knit this vast country together, and it’s the why the Postal Service exists. …

Is that a joke?

Not only do we not have any mail delivery to our houses, but I have to PAY for a PO box in Meadview because I don’t want one of those mail boxes by the side of the road on Pierce Ferry, literally MILES from my home.

I have no desire to have my identity and small packages left in the box stolen and to pick up larger packages in Meadview.  Or in Kingman, as has been the case at times.  Or at Canyon’s End, or wherever.

A few weeks ago no PO boxes were available — you could get on a waiting list.

Most Americans have NO clue what people in rural areas go through to get their mail.

And the people of Meadview are doing NOTHING to improve mail service — apparently they don’t mind making multiple trips to the post office to “maybe” be able to get their mail if it happens to be open.

Who filled the potholes on Rose? LMC and Unit 7 road update

Updated 6/25/17 with word on the street on the road destruction in Unit 7.

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Who filled the potholes on Rose at Smoke Tree?

I’ve done some road work with my crew, but this is the first time EVER that I have seen the potholes FILLED as they should be by someone else.  Not that I know who works on every road, but this really was an amazing sight!

potholes on Rose
Properly filled rock holes, although the entire road could use more dirt.

One reason our dirt roads are so AWFUL is that the potholes aren’t filled when they attempt to improve them with graders or backhoes.   I say “attempt” because there’ve been times when people made it worse, it takes more than good intentions to run heavy equipment.

These are actually not potholes, but ROCK HOLES, from the blade ripping the rocks out. Then they push the rocks off the road and we have giant holes.

As we drive through those holes, we create MORE erosion, lose more dirt to wind, expose more rocks, and the cycle restarts when they “fix” the road again.

Anyway, a friend who lives there said he’d like to contribute a few bucks to the person(s) who did this work. Somebody must have used a shovel to get what little dirt there is from the ditch — hard work!

The residents who volunteer their equipment and time (for a little gas money, if they’re lucky) can’t be expected to pay for dirt for fill and Jean Bishop ought to come out and bring her shovel!

Cary Schweitzer asked Jean Bishop and the county people last August for some DIRT at the big meeting at Canyon’s End (video and discussion of the meeting). It’s been almost a year, I haven’t seen any dirt anywhere and the roads are awful.

To the County, we’re not even worthy of dirt.

Charles is SO bad, someone took the street sign out the other day.

When you’re turning onto Charles from Pierce Ferry coming from Kingman, you have to seriously slow down because the washboard is so awful, you slide around like on ice.  And the giant holes and rocks as you drive off the pavement destroy the vehicles.

The County keeps marking Pierce Ferry, but they never do the work.

Apparently the County wants to make sure that anyone interested in purchasing one of the MANY abandoned properties off Charles knows right away not to move here.  Good job creating more blight and lowering property values — less tax for the County!  Aren’t they SO clever?

Several weeks ago heavy equipment went down MY road even though I’m not on a County maintained road and I specifically requested that the County stay AWAY from my road.   Did they retaliate because of my complaints? In 11 years they’ve never come down here.

After last summer’s storms I had spent many hours moving boulders and filling holes so I had the “perfect” road (just wide enough for my dually)  in front of my property.  I think the County guy made ONE pass and he TORE UP my road.   I have holes a foot deep.  There were boulders so huge I could hardly move them off the road.

Updated 6/25/17:  Word on the street is that Bob Lehman tore up our roads.  I heard that he? went down Rose and people there are upset too and hate those holes.  Bob, if that’s true, please don’t do that again, we’re all old and stumbling around as it is — don’t need no broken bones or hips or being sued by people who get hurt! 🙂

When people park on MY road (I own it) and an old lady falls into one of those holes, who is liable?

Do they sue the County or me?

URL emailed to District 4 supervisor Jean Bishop for answers.

Well #3 at Sandy Point and Green Tree is closed

I drove by the well and a bunch of people were there, so I decided to stop.  They all quickly left and Paul Stowe said that he wouldn’t talk to me because of the “bullshit” I wrote in my last water co-op post: http://highdesertdirt.com/blog/2017/04/23/cloudy-water-at-sandy-point-and-greentree-well/ I asked Paul what was wrong and he literally just droveContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Dolan Springs fatal accident

Drove to Vegas yesterday shortly after this horrible accident occurred on Pierce Ferry at MP 7, by the Mormon church: Contrary to the wishful thinking of the Dolan Springs tourist haters, both drivers were locals.  According to Facebook posts, the driver of the car was in the oncoming lane and DOA and the driver ofContinue Reading

Cloudy water at Sandy Point and Greentree well

Several people reported cloudy water at well #3, but when I hauled 3 loads this morning it was fine — Paul was checking when I got the 2nd load. Then others reported cloudy water on the first run but clear water on subsequent loads and I really don’t understand how that can be since theContinue Reading

Shaun Vincent Manore and Jessica Elaine Rogers arrested in Meadview

From the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office 4/4/17 press release: 2X’S BURGLARY/DRUGS/WARRANTS – MEADVIEW Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shaun Vincent Manore, 30, and Jessica Elaine Rogers, 24, both of Meadview, Monday (4/3) afternoon. Manore was arrested for burglary, possession of dangerous drugs, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, a probation violation warrant issued byContinue Reading

Kayakers shot at on Burro Creek

I’ve been wanting to check out Burro Creek for years.   Incredibly, a resident SHOT at kayakers and held them hostage. http://kdminer.com/news/2017/feb/07/mcso-man-shoots-burro-creek-kayakers-says-they-tre/ BURRO CREEK – A Wikieup man is in jail after he allegedly shot at kayakers on Burro Creek Saturday. Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Danny Eugene Button, 66, for three counts of unlawful imprisonment,Continue Reading

New pictures of the Joshua Tree massacre

Here are some new pictures of the Joshua Tree massacre on Pierce Ferry and Greggs Hideout (Antares on the other side of Pierce Ferry.)  They’re done drilling the new well and I’ve been told they’ll keep on clearing going up Patterson Grade, but I have no first hand knowledge.  I will do more research andContinue ReadingContinue Reading