The Future of Mail Delivery in the United States: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Economic Goals and Intergovernmental Policy of the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, Ninety-seventh Congress, Second Session, June 18 and 21, 1982

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Page 381 - The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people.
Page 142 - The reviewing court shall: 1 . compel agency action unlawfully withheld or unreasonably delayed; and 2. hold unlawful and set aside agency action, findings, and conclusions found to be: a) arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law...
Page 332 - The power vested in Congress to establish post offices and post roads has been practically construed since the foundation of the government, to authorize not merely the designation of the routes over which the mail shall be carried, and the offices where letters and other documents shall be received to be distributed or forwarded, but the carriage of the mail and all measures necessary to secure its safe and speedy transit and the prompt delivery of its contents.
Page 142 - TO RURAL AREAS, COMMUNITIES, AND SMALL TOWNS WHERE POST OFFICES ARE NOT SELF-SUSTAINING. NO SMALL POST OFFICE SHALL BE CLOSED SOLELY FOR OPERATING AT A DEFICIT, IT BEING THE SPECIFIC INTENT OF CONGRESS THAT EFFECTIVE POSTAL SERVICES BE INSURED TO RESIDENTS OF BOTH URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES".
Page 62 - Each agency shall give an interested person the right to petition for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a rule.
Page 207 - The temptation to resolve the financial problems of the Post Office by charging the lion's share of all operational costs to first class is strong ; that's where the big money is. The necessity for preventing that imposition upon the only class of mail which the general public uses is one of the reasons why the Postal Rate Commission should be independent of operating management.
Page 22 - It must be originated and published for the dissemination of information of a public character, or devoted to literature, the sciences, arts, or some special industry...
Page 337 - The United States may give up the Post Office when it sees fit, but while it carries it on, the use of the mails is almost as much a part of free speech as the right to use our tongues, and it would take very strong language to convince me that Congress ever intended to give such a practically despotic power to any one man.
Page 226 - Good administration of the Act and good judicial administration alike require that the standards of public enforcement and those for determining private rights shall be at variance only where justified by very good reasons.
Page 136 - Service, in making a determination whether or not to close or consolidate a post office, shall consider — (A) the effect of such closing or consolidation on the community served by such post office; (B) the effect of such closing or consolidation on employees of the Postal Service employed at such office; (C) whether such closing or consolidation is consistent with the policy of the Government, as stated in section...

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