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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “Postal service

Randy F - thanks for your thoughts on this. Lots of differing opinions, I guess. I had been wondering what the actual LAW (if any) states about this issue. Years ago, when I distributed political flyers, we were told not to put them in mailboxes, but rather rubber band or tape them to the door knob, but even then we never learned whether this was LAW or just a "guide" from the post office. Using the USC you listed, it states a box erected for receiving official stamped mail from the post office cannot be used [in any way - in or on top of or taped to] for un-stamped items. However, the post [that the box sits on] is NOT considered part of the box. So, there we have it! Thanks!

https://columbusrealtors.com/NewsDetail.as…

Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 07/23/2016 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Postal service

Randy F - thanks for your thoughts on this. Lots of differing opinions, I guess. I had been wondering what the actual LAW (if any) states about this issue. Years ago, when I distributed political flyers, we were told not to put them in mailboxes, but rather rubber band or tape them to the door knob, but even then we never learned whether this was LAW or just a "want" from the post office. Using the USC you listed, it states a box erected for receiving official stamped mail from the post office cannot be used [in any way - in or on top of or taped to] for un-stamped items. However, the post [that the box sits on] is NOT considered part of the box. So, there we have it! Thanks!

https://columbusrealtors.com/NewsDetail.as…

Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 07/23/2016 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Postal service

bluemtwolf

DMM 508.3.1.2 states;

Exclusions
Door slots and nonlockable bins or troughs used with apartment house mailboxes are not letterboxes within the meaning of 18 USC 1725 and are not private mail receptacles for the standards for mailable matter not bearing postage found in or on private mail receptacles. The post or other support is not part of the receptacle.

Also, I failed to find any reference to a 15 foot "zone" leading to and exiting from a mailbox. There is a section that states that the area around the delivery point should be such so that the carrier is not impeded from mak9ng the delivery, but there is no specific distance stated.

I've got 32 years of service with 20 in Business Mail Entry and Mail Classification. I am sure that you know that these activities involve a lot of DMM research and interpretation. Only mentioning it so that you don't think I am just some nut, shooting off my mputh without knowing what I am talking about.

ol az hippie chick, You erect a mail receptacle with the sole intention of receiving US Mail. The USPS retains exclusive right to access that mailbox and excludes any others from doing so. Yes, you bought the box, yes, you set it up and, yes it is on your property. However, it is for your convenience to have a mailbox at your residence so you do all of that to make it happen.

The simple act of erecting a mail receptacle constitutes your acceptance of USPS and USC rules and regulations regarding its use.

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Posted by RandyF on 07/23/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Postal service

Also.....the law use to be the post office only owned the air space in the mailbox. However, somewhere around the late 80s to early 90's it was changed to include around the box, flag and post. Including 15 feet in front of and 15 feet past the mailbox for vehicle usage. It was when the first larger postal vehicles (LLV) were made to replace the old jeeps. Of course it isn't very specific since some mailboxes don't have 15 feet in front or after due to the location of the mailbox. It is rather vague but since most people understand mailboxes are for postal use, they abide. It's the few butt holes that always want to challenge it. If someone puts a flyer on my mailbox, I would be tempted to call the police to report a break in and take them to small claims court.....I could use a new wide screen tv.

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Posted by Bluemtwolf on 07/23/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Postal service

Btw.....the box set postal property. Technically they own the airspace in and around the box, flag and post. I've been removing layers for thirty years. Everyone. At our station, we give three to the supervisor and trash the rest as non obvious value since there is no postage on them. The supervisor is suppose to send one to the local police to report temporary tampering of the mailbox. One to the EED department who Calls the vender to offer them a time saving cheaper alternative called every door direct where the post office will deliver the flyers for them without expensive adverstisement requirements or bulk rate permit expense.....and the third to the postal inspections department that is suppose to keep track on repeat offenders. We had two cases in our zone where a lawn care service and a local restaurant repetatly ignored postal inspections warnings about putting flyers on the mailbox. The lawn care service went to court and lost and had to pay a $5000 fine to the postal service. The restaurant stop and agreed not to do it again to avoid the $5000 fine.

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Posted by Bluemtwolf on 07/23/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Postal service

Well....we had a lawyer go on vacation once. Had the postal service hold his mail. A lawn care service put a flyer on his mailbox that the carrier didn't remove. It was on his box for sometime while he was on vacation. Some high school kids saw the flyer on his box and determined since it was there for days, he was gone. So they broke into his home and had a school party. Broke the up stairs bathroom and flooded the place. Causing eighty thousand dollars in damages. When the lawyer got home. He called the police who did a search of the home and found a cell phone in the upstairs master bedroom along with some used condoms in the bed. They traced the phone back to the high school kid who told the cops what happen. So they found the flyer and sued the four kids that organized the party and the lawn care provider for placing the flyer in the mailbox. The lawyer sued The five of them and won. They had to pay for the $80,000 dollar repairs plus the room, board and travel expenses of the lawyer while his home was being repaired. The lawyer now sends letters to homes that are broken into telling the residents if there's a flyer on the mailbox, the vendor will have to pay for everything that was stolen.....and the lawyer is winning. So good luck to this guy.

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Posted by Bluemtwolf on 07/23/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “City skimps on Mutt Mitts

nice. Another good idea is to reuse the Missoulian newspaper delivery bags. Thats what i do. They make great mutt mitts, and i get a second use out of my newspaper bag.

Posted by dmgold on 07/22/2016 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Break with convention

xenophobic grief.....what's wrong with those people?

Posted by Jim Smith on 07/21/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Break with convention

His devotion to the other 98% of the GOP platform is what drives me to do everything in my power to send Denise to DC to replace him. I'm sure he's a nice guy and I'm glad to see so many of my fellow veterans continuing to serve their country even after discharge but his Party has lost it's bearings and is foundering on Fascist shores. Voting for anything other than the GOP candidates is simply a matter of self defense-we cannot allow the Greedy Oligarch Party to continue their destruction of our government, the tool We The People use to protect ourselves from aristocratic rule.

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Posted by bob petersen on 07/21/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Montana Film Office

I appreciate the story, but as with everything, there is so much more to it. Join the Montana Filmmakers & Media group via Facebook to learn more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MTFMA/?ref…

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Posted by denster on 07/21/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Montana Film Office

Get an idea of film's economic impact in Montana, with actual numbers.

http://www.bigskywords.com/montana-blog/do…

Here's a plan to have the film office, the tourism office, and the Historical Society working hand in hand to get more films made about the state, and thus more interest in coming here and spending money.

http://www.bigskywords.com/montana-blog/th…

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/21/2016 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Shooting the moon

Waste of time and taxpayer money. The police in Missoula have shot more people than the criminals and just how many gun crimes are committed in Missoula?

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Posted by Chase on 07/20/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Smells like town spirit

Deja vu all over again....sort of....

The East Asians who migrated to the Americas from what is believed to have been Southwest Siberia can be said to have had a similar experience in all that they have lost and was taken from them by migrating colonialists in just a few generations. But the crimes committed on the First peoples of the Americas can not be compared to the migrations of today and deserve far more than just one line and I can not and will not try to serve that properly here.

Human migrations can be interesting:
From Africa to the world as a whole.
There was the First Peoples to the Americas from East Asia.
The Europeans to the Americas for colonialism.

To more modern times:
The dust bowl era mostly to California.
The rust belt to the southeastern part of the states for jobs and a better quality of life for their kids.

But the migrations are different now, seems to be more about whatever is trendy at the time:
Everybody in New England knows what a “Masshole” is.
Upstate New York disowns the city.
“Damn Yankees ruined The South”.
Wisconsin complains about Illinois.
Everybody from the Rocky Mountain states west complain about Californians.
Anybody remember Southern Utah or Colorado thirty years ago? Really some cool places before they were put on a map....

The new migrations seem to be focused on the rocky mountain states now, and specifically on Montana; but nobody comes to Montana for money unless you're a miner, real estate speculator, or a developer. So what is creating such a large draw? Why are so many migrating to a place that is expensive to live in and becoming more so as it grows and becomes more crowded and has few good paying jobs? Was it all those trendy magazine articles rating Missoula as the top ten of this, that, and the other thing?

Most Californians learned to be quiet about where they came from and why they were migrating here. Washingtonians were the opposite. They loudly and enthusiastically declared Montana to be “god's country” and therefor the trendiest place to be, and “Washington to be a hellhole” back in the late 90s, and by 2006, it seemed Washington state had annexed Western Montana. --why are local real estate prices nearly three times what local income can afford?

It is a bit too late, the horse has been let out of the barn, but we are experiencing some serious growing pains around here and we need to learn to step much more lightly and think about what we are doing to a place we all want to love before it is loved and capitalized on to death. I'm tell you that this cancerous growth this place is inflicted with is not sustainable and will kill this place! It has been seen many times before!

The “Last Best Place” is well on its' way to being just like everywhere else....but too expensive for locals to afford!

Posted by Joe Nomad on 07/17/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Shooting the moon

It's to bad this councilor and the others can't focus on something more relevant like getting spending under control.

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Posted by erlyirn on 07/16/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Postal service

Sandra - that's a good point; one I didn't think about. The box is YOUR property; therefore, the post office shouldn't have say about who else touches it. You, however, have that right.

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 07/15/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Postal service

He has no business touching any part of my mailbox. If any of my mail comes up missing, he's suspect #1.

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Posted by Sandra Stillwell Hunter on 07/15/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Shooting the moon

Perfect proof that being a "rocket scientist" doesn't necessarily make you smart. Let the Californication of Montana begin, starting with outsiders such as this bozo, funded by out-of-state money. And the funniest part isn't that this legislator is trying to bypass state law, but that if this somehow miraculously passes, pawn shops and gun shops in Missoula will feel the financial brunt of this due to Missoula residents simply patronizing out-of-city pawn shops and gun shops, or making sure their private transactions occur outside of Missoula.

Way to go, von Lossberg. You're on the road to financially impacting the constituents you allegedly serve. In fact, I would charge that you don't serve your Missoula constituents, but rather the out-of-state money interests that are funding your war chest. You're a disgrace.

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Posted by A proud Missoulian on 07/15/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Postal service

It will probably cost him more to go to court than it would have for bulk rate postage or for a couple of teens to hang them on doors.

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Posted by erlyirn on 07/15/2016 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Shooting the moon

"Days ahead of the Oct. 19 public hearing, Fox indicated his leanings in a press release saying he believes the proposed ordinance is prohibited by state law and "likely violates our constitutional right to keep and bear arms."

I don't have any Constitutional rights. I have unalienable Constitutionally PROTECTED rights which we the people created the govt and gave it the DUTY to protect.


"After the ordinance's public hearing in October, political and public will seemed to be in its favor. A survey of 350 Missoula County residents, commissioned by advocates, found that 82 percent of gun owners, including 73 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents, supported requiring background checks on all gun sales. The majority of submitted public comment and testimony was in favor of the ordinance. And the votes from council appeared to be there."

A survey commissioned by the advocates? Oh pleaeeeess. LOL If I pay you to do a survey you had better come up with results favorable to what I'm advocating. Behavior mod/group management facilitation 101

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Posted by niam on 07/15/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “The long view

Yes it's true old ladies at school athletic events have been known to use the boy's bathroom. It's a common scene. A big crowd -- women and girls lined up at the girl's bathroom. Boy's room has emptied out.

Grandma forgot to put on her Depends and there's no denying -- it's an emergency. The only sane course of action is to post a guard at the boy's bathroom and follow nature's call. The alternative would be a puddle in the hall.

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Posted by Carole Mackin on 07/15/2016 at 8:55 AM

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