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My Father’s Day Cards

This year, for Father’s Day, my kids all made me cards using a questionnaire template that I assume my wife found. The cards themselves were sweet – they all wrote a different message or drew a picture. Alex, my oldest, drew us running together and just…

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Thoughts on a 3 mile run …I took special care this afternoon to pay attention to the thoughts going through my mind during my…View Post

Thoughts on a 3 mile run …

I took special care this afternoon to pay attention to the thoughts going through my mind during my…

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A Word on Jury Duty (or How to Get Out of Jury Duty Even When You Don’t Want To)I overheard someone saying today that they look forward to jury duty because it gives them “a…View Post

A Word on Jury Duty (or How to Get Out of Jury Duty Even When You Don’t Want To)

I overheard someone saying today that they look forward to jury duty because it gives them “a…

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nationalpost:

‘You are going to lose’: Incredible photo captures moment London mom stands up to knife-wielding terroristA mother of two described Wednesday how she put her life on the line by trying to persuade the terrorists to hand over their weapons.Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a cub scout leader, talked with the killers and kept her nerve as one of them told her: “We want to start a war in London tonight.”Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, was one of the first people on the scene after the two Islamists butchered a soldier in Woolwich, south-east London Wednesday. She was photographed by onlookers confronting one of the attackers who was holding a bloodied knife. (Twitter)

nationalpost:

‘You are going to lose’: Incredible photo captures moment London mom stands up to knife-wielding terrorist
A mother of two described Wednesday how she put her life on the line by trying to persuade the terrorists to hand over their weapons.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a cub scout leader, talked with the killers and kept her nerve as one of them told her: “We want to start a war in London tonight.”

Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, was one of the first people on the scene after the two Islamists butchered a soldier in Woolwich, south-east London Wednesday. She was photographed by onlookers confronting one of the attackers who was holding a bloodied knife. (Twitter)

latimes:

The end of the Postal Service? Neither snow nor rain nor heat are supposed to keep mail carriers from doing their duty, but the current crisis facing the postal service is a bit more of a man-made problem.
The U.S. Postal Service lost a mind-boggling $15.9 billion last year, and currently loses $25 million every day. Employee numbers have been cut down, facilities have been consolidated and delivery standards have been lowered - but the organization is still hemorrhaging cash.
It may be run as a corporation, but the Postal Service still faces congressional oversight, which has hampered its reform efforts.

Postal officials recently tried to end Saturday letter delivery, which could have saved $2 billion per year, but Congress blocked it. A legislative proposal to replace doorstep delivery with curbside delivery, which would save $4.5 billion, failed last year. A plan to close thousands of rural post offices was abandoned after postal officials deemed the closures would “upset Congress a great deal.”

And then there’s the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund the health benefits of future retirees 50 years into the future. The yearly cost of that measure? About $5.6 billion.
Read more to learn about some measures in the works to save the 238-year-old service before it collapses in financial ruin.
Photo: Justin Lane / EPA

latimes:

The end of the Postal Service?

Neither snow nor rain nor heat are supposed to keep mail carriers from doing their duty, but the current crisis facing the postal service is a bit more of a man-made problem.

The U.S. Postal Service lost a mind-boggling $15.9 billion last year, and currently loses $25 million every day. Employee numbers have been cut down, facilities have been consolidated and delivery standards have been lowered - but the organization is still hemorrhaging cash.

It may be run as a corporation, but the Postal Service still faces congressional oversight, which has hampered its reform efforts.

Postal officials recently tried to end Saturday letter delivery, which could have saved $2 billion per year, but Congress blocked it. A legislative proposal to replace doorstep delivery with curbside delivery, which would save $4.5 billion, failed last year. A plan to close thousands of rural post offices was abandoned after postal officials deemed the closures would “upset Congress a great deal.”

And then there’s the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund the health benefits of future retirees 50 years into the future. The yearly cost of that measure? About $5.6 billion.

Read more to learn about some measures in the works to save the 238-year-old service before it collapses in financial ruin.

Photo: Justin Lane / EPA