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No More Saturday Mail, But Do You Care?


NEVER FEAR, you won’t be getting mail on Saturday, but your packages will still arrive.

From Reuters:

Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August and could save $2 billion annually.

The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points – package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services.

With the decline of mail needing to be delivered on Saturday, I’m not sure what all the fuss is about.

I am wondering why it needs to take until August to get this done.


4 Responses to No More Saturday Mail, But Do You Care?

  1. Cujo359 February 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    For me, the mail arrives on the days I go down the street to collect my mail, and that’s not every day. I can wait a few extra days to get my junk mail.

    Still, it’s too bad Congress seems determined to drown the USPS in the bathtub. Forty cents to mail a letter anywhere in the country is a bargain. Just try getting that service from FedEx or UPS.

  2. TPAZ February 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Yes, I do care. This is one more middle-class brick successfully been demolished by conservatives. There was nothing wrong with the post office until the Bush administration signed into law 2006 legislation that made the U.S. Postal Service siphon off operating capital to fund employees’ retirement for 75 years!

    Sweat the details. If we do not fight conservative radicalism on the little things – like the post office – we never will win on the big ideas. Conservatives fight for tax breaks for the rich because the rich write checks to conservatives to win elections. Progressives allow the middle-class lined up and shot against the wall when the middle-class writes checks to progressives.

    Most people do not even realize that if you waved a magic wand and the U.S. Postal Service disappeared tomorrow within two years UPS and FedEx would become insolvent. That is because they utilize every inch of the postal services infrastructure that is more cost-effective than doing it through the private marketplace.

    You never hear Democrat politician pushback when you hear grandstanding Republicans talk about how the post office is nothing but a leech on the taxpayer. If the Postal Service is a leech upon the taxpayer then FedEx and UPS are parasites on leeches.

    When will the left ever learn probably never.

  3. Joyce Arnold February 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Privatize … prisons, schools, military sub-contracts, etc. If you don’t want them to succeed, impose regulations that insure they won’t (as TPAZ notes regarding the 2006 legislation requiring USPS to fund retirement 75 years out). If you do want them to succeed, deregulation is the only way to go.

    Regarding the USPS, for a good number of elderly — and probably others, but this is who first comes to mind — I think not having Saturday mail delivery will be missed. For one thing, for some of those who have an actual newspaper delivered, that delivery is by way of USPS.

    Given the way the USPS has been treated by DC, I’d guess cost-cutting measures, are probably necessary. I think that’s part of the plan. Privatize … .

  4. newdealdem1 February 8, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    I also care. I’ve never had any issues with the post office no matter where I lived in New York or New Jersey. And, for the service they offer, their prices still out pace UPS or FedEx. It’s been estimated that if this happens, of it’s 650,000 employees, 220,000 will lose their jobs and that means less demand in the economy which will only make things worse and more people seeking unemployment benefits which is kryptonite to the GOP. How does any of this make any sense in big picture terms? Uh, it doesn’t. I’ve never seen such stupidity: this short-sited, stubborn, inane ideological zealotry to privatize everything in sight.

    And, this anti-government (and trickle-down economics) zealotry is going to bring us down before any real or imagined threat to our nation does.

    The USPS is insolvent because the GOP House forced thru a law requiring the USPS to set aside 75 years of retiree benefits in just 10 years. If a business was forced to do this, they too would be insolvent faster than the speed of light. The USPS was set up to fail. And, “funny” thing, the people who will get hurt the most live in rural areas which comprises much of the GOP base. Once again, they display how deeply their collective zealot heads are tucked up their backsides.

    And, what happens when they get what they not only wished for but rammed through in bill form to disable the USPS until it cannot function as a viable government entity any longer. They will privatize the USPS and prices will be competitive with UPS and FedEx which means we’re all going to pay more for our mail and no one wins except the company that took over the USPS, it’s stockholders (if they go public), and the GOP greedy, zealot bastards who instigated this.

    How one picture says it all (or almost all: we need to see how this is going to effect those who rely on Saturday USPS service) Sickening.

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