Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

Blog archives (August 2009)

Web site notes

Just a quick update to let you know I’m still around and working on material for the Web site. Sometimes “real life” gets in the way of our hobbies!

At any rate, updates for The Philosateleian should be available in mid-September. If you haven’t signed up to receive e-mail notifications when I release new supplements, head on over to the album pages landing page and sign up!

A couple of people have asked in the past how they can help support the work I do here. There are several ways you can contribute, one of the most important of which is linking to Philosateleia on your own Web site or in your e-mail signature. In addition, I can now accept online donations via PayPal.

Is there anything else that you would like to see on Philosateleia? Leave a comment or send an e-mail and I’ll see what I can do!

Closed for business

The big news here in the U.S. is that the USPS is considering closing nearly 700 post offices around the country. The Postal Regulary Commission has a full list of the branches that could be shut down [PDF].

The proposal comes as the USPS continues to lose money in a big way due to reasons ranging from health care and pension obligations to a drop in mail volume blamed in part on the sluggish economy.

Many, if not most, of the offices that could be affected are in metropolitan areas, so it’s not as though people will suddenly have no mail service. If they live in areas served by the offices in question, however, they might find themselves with a longer drive or walk when they want to mail a package or buy stamps.

Is your post office of choice on the list? Do you think the USPS is making the right move, or is there a way they can save enough money to keep these post offices open?