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Obama's Postal Service plan would cut Saturday mail

  1. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    Obama's Postal Service plan would cut Saturday mail
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's plan to rescue the U.S. Postal Service would allow the agency to end Saturday mail delivery and sell non-postal products, according to documents released on Monday.
    The plan, introduced alongside a deficit-reduction package, also would restructure a massive annual payment to prefund retiree health benefits and refund $6.9 billion the mail carrier says it overpaid into a federal retirement fund.
    http://news.yahoo.com/postal-plan-save- … 26630.html
    I think most of us can live without Saturday delivery..I'm glad it's not being eliminated altogether..

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      Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      dear lord, what about the victoria secret catalogue!!!

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Oh no! The world could end if you miss the catalogue!

        I just have to know about the secrets in victoria's secret because they are secret.

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          Nick Lucasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          well ive been a faithful reader of the collection since I was 12 and still the secret remains....but Ill keep looking...by god ill keep looking!

        2. habee profile image91
          habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          We call it Victoria's "secretions." lol

    2. Wayne Brown profile image87
      Wayne Brownposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You now, Stacie, that really matters little to me. The Post Office is such a wonderful reflection of all that is bad with our government...no matter how much money you give them, they need more.  Raise the price of postage and the overhead just goes up.  Turn the post office over to UPS for a year and see what happens in terms of profits and management. Our government is not capable of managing anything to either break even or make a profit and that is the reason we will never see a reduction of the national debt...any surplus would immediately be spent on a new political idea. We need to get "the people" back in control of "the government".

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Governments, all governments waste money hand over fist when they enter commercial decisions.
        Private enterprise does a much better job in most cases.

        1. Paul Wingert profile image78
          Paul Wingertposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Turning the postal service over to the private sector will not solve a damn thing. The US has the cheapest postage due to government subsidizing and of course the costs are going up becasue less people are using it now than they did 20 years ago. The internet and email is one of the main factors for this.

      2. I am DB Cooper profile image66
        I am DB Cooperposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        The problem is the post office is limited in ways its competition isn't. For instance, they are not allowed to raise the price of a postage stamp by more than the inflation rate. So if the USPS's overall costs go up 25% in a year but the inflation rate in the US is only 5%, the post office is likely going to have a deficit, because they'll only be able to raise the price of a 1st class stamp $.02 even though it would be more prudent to raise the price about $.10. The fact that you can still send a 1st class letter on a 4,000 mile journey for $.44 amazes me.

  2. DrPPoorluk profile image61
    DrPPoorlukposted 5 years ago

    It may not matter too much (unless you're the one who depends on that paycheck) but I get a little cautious when the government starts to move on different things. There's always two sides to every coin.

  3. Patty Inglish, MS profile image91
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 5 years ago

    My old zip code from 2 yrs back already was not getting Saturday Mail, or Tuesday or Thursday Mail. The cuts already went into effect in parts of Central Ohio in 2009 - I didn't think much about it, except for lost jobs.

  4. Marisa Wright profile image92
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago

    There hasn't been Saturday delivery of mail in Australia for years - certainly not in the time I've lived here.  Or in the UK from what I remember. 

    These days, people don't get nearly as much mail as they used to, so I wonder how many people will really miss it? 

    Our Post Offices also sell non-postal products.  A lot of small Post Offices have been sold to individuals and have become more like a corner store.

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      True, I don't recall that mail was ever delivered on the weekend in Australia and I have lived here my whole life.

      These days, the only mail we get are political hopefuls looking to get re-elected or flyers from supermarkets.

  5. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    Why don't they simply quit subsidizing company advertising budgets and charge junk mail the same price as a letter?

    Of course, Victoria's Secret might be a casualty...

  6. reg420 profile image61
    reg420posted 5 years ago

    The answer to this problem is so easy, that no one in Congress would ever think of it.
    Raise the postage rate to a dollar, even for the junk mail. Boo hoo less junk mail.  Everything costs a dollar now days anyway, why wouldn't sending an envelope across the country or across town be worth a buck?
    Secondly release the Post office completely from the goverment, they already have direct competition with Fed Ex UPS and others...
    Give them a couple years without Federal beaucracy, they can either sink or swim.
    Bottom line this is one service the government doesn't have to supply let capitalism prevail.

    For rest of you Victoria Secret is the best you can contribute?

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      But without government subsidies of their advertising program a lot of companies would most likely fail.  They need public dollars to stay solvent and even more to make a profit.

      Personally, I think if they require a public influx of funds to make a profit then let them go under.  Unfortunately the politicians allowing such a dastardly act would likely lose votes and we can't have that!

  7. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    The Internet has cost a lot of jobs. Entire industries, even.
    I like the idea of charging a premium for bulk.
    Maybe that would cut further the amount of unwanted circulars that come every day.
    Saturday mail?
    I won't miss it.
    Let UPS take over the USPS?
    That's an interesting idea.

  8. Cagsil profile image82
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    I personally don't care about mail delivery on Saturday, it makes no difference whatsoever.

  9. wellspoken profile image61
    wellspokenposted 5 years ago

    I recently worked for the postal service as a mail carrier and its a total mess the entire system. The still send me the postal ease magazine and the things I know are happening will affect us all at some point or another. The use of the internet and email is eliminating the need for mail delivery and the mail volume is smaller. The postal service also is responsible for its own downfall. The way the system is set up as far as retirement benefits are causing budget problems. You cant pay out more than you make. But I guess they are learning that the hard way. It wont bother me if no mail is delivered on sat. Its about time postal employees get more than just one day off a week.

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    colorngpageskidsposted 5 years ago

    Who cares if they stop delivery on Saturday. Easily 75% of our mail is just junk mail. We told them to hold it, even filling out tons of forms and giving addresses of senders spamming our mail box and STILL the stupid post office sends it anyway.

    They are inefficient, out of date and almost as much a dinosaur as old buggy whip makers were after the automobile started mass production.