Internet or United States Postal Service, that is the question!!!

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    woolman60posted 8 years ago

    The Internet is slowly taking over, and the USPS is looking at ways to cut back to survive.
           Remember the 1997 movie The Postman with Kevin Costner, a movie you must see,

    Movie Tagline: It is 2013. War has crippled the Earth. Technology has been erased. Our only hope is an unlikely hero.

    Plot:   Post-apocalyptic America. What begins as a con game becomes one man's quest to rebuild civilization by resuming postal service.

           Maybe this movie was trying to tell us something.

           The USPS is now looking into no mail deliveries on Saturdays, so my question is "Internet or The United States Postal Service" which do you prefer?

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      Kenrick Chatmanposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Probably Internet especially if all companies allow online bill pay and if all of my magazines provide online subscriptions. Likewise, I can mail things using FedEx or UPS.

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      china manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      They have different functions so . . - but it is worth keeping snail mail going - it is too easy for any power to turn off the net if for any reason they thought it was threatening their power. 

      Also everything we say or do is being collected by every government everywhere, the ubiquitous 'they' know who you are, who your friends are and all your connections and in many cases pretty much your whole life - if they choose to look at you.

      The freedoms we have on the net are ok until Homeland Security of any country anywhere takes over at the top of the tree and then it becomes a tool of oppression.

      Just a random thought.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    They are there own worst enemies! They saw the writting on the wall when UPS and Fed-ex emerged and they haven't improved their service much while the world ran right past them. Personally if you've ever stood in the lines to mail something thats a good look at what you can expect with national healthcare.sad

  3. Ivorwen profile image72
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    For paying bills I prefer to use the phone, and I want to receive them through the USPS. 

    I like to make orders over the phone too, and receive the packages via UPS. 

    The Internet is great for finding information and writing e-mails (letters that would never have been mailed), but other than that, I do not like it.

  4. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    Has anyone considered the number of people who will become unemployed/jobless should USPS go under.

    And, what of benefits are these people going to receive? And, for how long before they become homeless?

    There is no guarantee of getting a job. And, to top that off, you could apply and not get accepted for a job, and they don't have to tell you why or anything.

    So, where and how does the "JOB's" program work for those who need a job?

    It's fine and dandy to put everything online/internet, but too think of the consequences at the other end.

    Just a thought. hmm

  5. cluense profile image75
    cluenseposted 8 years ago

    Cagsil,

    I agree with you! However, they are a business and they are competing worldwide now. I feel for the workers and their families. However, competition and their own resistance to change have leaded them down this road. They are also talking about raising their rates again and borrowing more from the US Treasury. They have already borrowed over 15 billion Dollars! Any other company would have been put out of business already! This is the global economy and you either sink or swim. The USPS has been sinking since the 1990's!

    "The troubles of the USPS have nothing to do with the art of letter-writing, lost or otherwise. Its business has been diverted by rival delivery companies as well as by newer media that allow people to pay their bills instantly, purchase paperless airline tickets and read magazines online. Proposed rate hikes and service reductions will be inconvenient, but they will not make us read and write letters any less frequently." By DAVID M. HENKIN
    Taken from: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 … 79058.html

    1. Ivorwen profile image72
      Ivorwenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I like that quote you put up, because it is so true.  In many ways I find the e-mail/post office issue to be very similar to the film/digital camera thing.

      I have heard that digital cameras hurt the film industry, because people take many pictures that they never print.  Kodak was calling this a 'profit loss' but, really, many of the pictures taken on digital cameras would never have been taken in the first place, had people had to wait for film.  I have taken close to 100 pictures this last week for tutorials I am writing online.  Without the camera, the tutorials would have gotten a few drawings.

      Many of the e-mails sent would never have been mailed out.    We would not bother putting a stamp on another joke, however, that forward button makes it convent to share.

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    Ghost32posted 8 years ago

    I use every method of communications out there for one reason or another.

    As for our local USPS (Post Office), one longtime employee told me two days ago that their staff would not actually lose anybody by the cutbacks--though perhaps some part timers might get their hours cut; didn't ask about that.  But he, personally, WANTED to see the no-Saturday-delivery change go through.

    On the other hand, it's a small branch, three counter positions, about 100 P.O. boxes, so perhaps not representative...?

    Love The Postman.  One of Costner's best characters, in my book, and so far I've never seen anything he's done that I didn't like.

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      Sab Ohposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Waterworld?

 
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