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Uh oh! Postmaster General: Mail days may need to be cut

WASHINGTON – Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week. If the change happens, that doesn't necessarily mean an end to Saturday mail delivery. Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of skipping some other day when mail flow is light, such as Tuesday.

Faced with dwindling mail volume and rising costs, the post office was $2.8 billion in the red last year. "If current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year," Potter said in testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

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Heard on the news tonight

that mail drop boxes that don't get enough use will be taken out.

I don't even open my mail anymore.

Just wait for the shutoff notices and the yellow insurence cancelatin letters any way.

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Post office getting lot less mailing

a lot of people pay online instead of using the post office, and I get lots less junk mail, I get spam in my email now. people using the Post Office is probably way down.

How much junk mail do you get?

I know I get at least 100 pages (if you consider non-subscription magazines) of junk to 1 page of pertinent mail... why not just reduce the junk?

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

"Human beings with love and compassion are some of the most beautiful creatures in the universe... Those without are a plague on us all."

Basic equation 2009 math

"We may need to cut service" = BAILOUT TIME!

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The post office already stinks

I order stuff for the store that comes UPS or FedEx, I get a tracking number that tells me where it is every time it changes trucks, and a time window of when it will arrive. Helps a lot when it is special order things for customers.

The USPS on the other hand stinks.

I ordered a new rifle from gunbroker.com, it was shipped by the post office, I paid extra for tracking, the guy mails it on Saturday and sends me the tracking info, it says it was received at 11:28 am and tracking will update nightly, well after 2 weeks the gun shop that was doing the transfer for me calls to tell me it was there.

For the whole two weeks the tracking info never changed, and it didn't change for two business days after I had the gun. Do you think it would have taken UPS or Fed EX 2 weeks to get a package from new york to alabamastan?

I Ordered some ammo from Texas, shipped UPS got here the next afternoon and the tracking number got updated 3 times. I checked it after the driver left and it had already changed and showed delivered.

Doesn't the government and quasi government just screw up everything it touches?

Thank you Dr. Paul for making me act on what I already knew was right.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

think about it

What "government sponsored enterprise" has ever succeeded?

Amtrak: FAIL
Freddie and Fannie: FAIL
USPS: Hemorrhaging

http://federalfallacy.com

None, it was a

rhetorical question. My point is they destroy everything they touch.

Thank you Dr. Paul for making me act on what I already knew was right.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

In a related story, the USPS unveiled the new first-class stamp.

It costs $4,391.15.

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

Ouch! LOL

You gotta know when to hold 'em...

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

postal employees...effect of this...

my wife is a full time Postal carrier. she says it will not effect the full time carriers at all. it will effect the part time and "day off" carriers though, they will lose their jobs. you see, full time postal carriers work 5 days a week now (except when there are shortages of temp and "day off" carriers, which has been for many months now because of hiring freezes and upper management not replacing retiring full time carriers which in the past year they just offered massive early retirements to carriers with 20 years or more service). they get Sundays and another day off during the week(except Saturdays unless it is for vacations). so full time carriers hours will not change any at all, in fact they will be working overtime. but thousands upon thousands of temporary and "day off" carriers and people who work in the sorting plants will be let go and never called back. this is how the postal service is planning on saving $. the problem is this...even though the mail has gotten lighter in recent years, there is only so far a human can actually walk in a day. with the lighter mail, the post office is asking the carriers to do more than their own routes now. for they have cut full time routes in cities and have divided that route between the other carriers routes. so now a postal carrier has to carry and walk a route and a 1/3 of another. this is all fine and dandy until you get "house to house" deliveries...which means you have to deliver to every house on your route. this includes things like Wal-Mart advertizing fliers, electric bills, gas bills, phone books, tax statements. the post office basically is forcing carriers to do more work for the same pay. so when the snow and ice has fallen in your neck of the woods, REMEMBER TO SHOVEL AND CLEAR THE PATH TO YOUR HOUSE...my wife and her co-workers would appreciate it if you were that considerate to do that. (which in the old days was just plain common sense and courtesy, something the younger people do not understand it seems cause they can't seem to get their lazy butts off the couch and do it).

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

here...

all the post boxes are at the street. no mailman walks.

also, the two i know have routes that only take up about half of their day. they stay out instead of going back to the shop. if they get done early they have to help on other routes or help sort. so they just don't go back until its time to leave.
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Mixed feelings

I defend the USPS frequently to folks who complain about the service . . . but I lived with another postal "service" for many, many years. Try Canada Post for a while and you might appreciate that USPS consistently delivers letter mail from one coast to another in a couple of days.

We managed to survive a week without deliveries of any kind in western WA during the Christmas storms so reduced delivery wouldn't be the end of the world I guess.

So if they drop a day and cut back postal outlet hours will postage costs go down for less service? I wouldn't bet on it.

Canada Post isn't a good standard to compare against

It's a government monopoly. USPS should be compared against some real competition! Unfortunately, the laws prevent that...

No, it definitely is

My apologies if it sounded like I was implying otherwise.

I wonder if postal employees

I wonder if postal employees will have pay cuts or if they will still get paid the same while working 1 day less per week.

...

Bummer.

I certainly would love to not have to check the stupid mailbox quite so often. That would be a dream come true! The only bad part: I might not be able to chew the fat with good old Tim. my mailman, quite as often.

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Nifty thought. =D

He’ll certainly have earned it.

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I do

7am till 5:30 pm M-F, 7 till 12 or 1 on Sat, and if I have any deliveries I make them before or after hours, if I am lucky in the spring and summer I work from 7-7 some days.

Thank you Dr. Paul for making me act on what I already knew was right.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

my wife does for USPS...

read my post above.

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I just meant besides postal workers not many people work 6 days

a week unless they run their own business or something. I AM aware that we get mail 6 days a week -- currently.

You gotta know when to hold 'em...

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

Real work we can feel.

Forty-eight fifty-sixths of a week might be a bit much. What do you think? =)

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6/7.

Stick with me, kid; I’ll learn ya lots.

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That is funny!

After I wrote that “Stick with me kid” thing, I thought of either Groucho Marx or Humphrey Bogart.

When I saw your response I started laughin’ my head off!

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