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Post Office to end
Saturday deliveries

Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/6/2013 10:03:30 AM

You take sixteen billion, and what do you get? Another day shorter and lighter in debt — or so the Post Office hopes. The USPS went into the red in 2012 by an astounding $16 billion, and needs to find ways to cut costs. CBS News reports this morning that they will trim one-sixth of their deliveries by ending 150 years of Saturday service for first-class mail: Get ready for some big changes in your mail service. After losing $16 billion last year, the postmaster general will make announce Wednesday that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/6/2013 10:08:27 AM     (No. 9161499)

Wait a minute. Didn´t they do this last year? Or the year before?

They keep saying what they´re going to do, but they don´t ever seem to get around to doing it.

I surely hope the Post Office doesn´t go out of business. Then who would deliver all the junk mail that I have to throw away everyday...?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: stencil, 2/6/2013 10:08:48 AM     (No. 9161502)

If they charged bulk mailers what they do for regular business or personal senders they´d be in the black.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sooznews, 2/6/2013 10:12:59 AM     (No. 9161517)

Next thing you know the government will be denying medical care to people on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Saves money.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 2/6/2013 10:13:21 AM     (No. 9161520)

When I was a kid, they did not do a Saturday delivery, so this is not going to be all that bad. And the article says that they will continue to deliver stuff like packages on Saturday. As for what #2 says, I have kind of wondered that myself for a while now.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Scribelus, 2/6/2013 10:24:13 AM     (No. 9161555)

Swell! Suspend deliveries on the remaining five days of the week, and save ten billion more. Then the USPS will only lose four billion each year.
Your gummint at work.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/6/2013 10:26:24 AM     (No. 9161563)

Bulk mailers would then stop sending bulk mail, #2. Direct mail is a significant marketing strategy for businesses as well as charities, and if it becomes too expensive, it will stop and other means of outreach will be used.

Postal costs for large direct mail campaigns are on top of the cost of producing those materials and can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of the mailing. Where I used to work, we sometimes had mailings of a million pieces or more, all designed in a way to keep postal costs to a minimum. Do the math. It´s expensive.

Would it make sense for the Post Office to further reduce their volume by pricing themselves out of the market?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 2/6/2013 10:26:30 AM     (No. 9161564)

The end of Saturday mail delivery means your postal worker will have twice as much to deliver on Monday and Tuesday. Expect an increase in physical injuries as well as time off for mental strain.

For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/6/2013 10:27:22 AM     (No. 9161565)

Everything the government does costs trillions and still they are bankrupt, need more money, and will have to discontinue doing anything, but will continue to need more money.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cheese, 2/6/2013 10:34:13 AM     (No. 9161590)

A friend of mine began working for the post office about 3 years ago and got a rural (WI) delivery route. She drives about 90 miles a day and starting wages (not including benefits or reimbursements) were over $19.00 an hour. The article states that first class mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays but packages and things like medications, etc. would. OK, are you telling me that the carriers will no longer stop at every house on Saturdays, only the houses that are receiving packages? So my friend will still drive 90 miles a day but only stop at every 20th house? Yes, what a savings for the taxpayers.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: reilly, 2/6/2013 10:53:07 AM     (No. 9161653)


Change the retirement plan to defined-benefit and take Wednesdays off, too. Oh, and get rid of all the phony guards that have populated the federal buildings since the Oklahoma City bombing.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: Patriot Forever, 2/6/2013 10:55:10 AM     (No. 9161658)

It will never happen, but wouldn´t it be interesting to have an accounting of exactly where the savings are going to come from?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 2/6/2013 10:55:34 AM     (No. 9161659)

One of the few physical responsibilities mandated to the federal government by the Constitution (Article I, Section 8) - and they can´t even get THAT right. But, since it is a Constitutional requirement then it´s fair game to be ignored by this administration.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: shalimar, 2/6/2013 10:56:39 AM     (No. 9161664)

Dump the unions and watch the problems vanish.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/6/2013 11:04:08 AM     (No. 9161683)

Yes, there are problems in our Postal Service, but anyone who has had experience with other countries and their mail deliveries will much better appreciate what we get for our first-class stamp.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: stencil, 2/6/2013 11:09:56 AM     (No. 9161695)

In re: to #6, I can understand your (and that of other mass-mailers) viewpoint but the information delivery system is severely flawed. Our household, and that of most all my acquaintances, throw unsolicited mail directly into the bin. Whereas electronic media messages may have no greater contact ratio than bulk mailings, at least they don´t have the physical waste.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: a6bump, 2/6/2013 11:10:13 AM     (No. 9161696)

I agree with #14. Even with all of their problems, the USPS is still one of the best, and 1st class rates are among the lowest. Also, they do a good job of tracking letters and parcels.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: voxlapidis, 2/6/2013 11:31:05 AM     (No. 9161763)

150 years?

I seem to remember in the 1950´s, we did not have Saturday deliveries. Maybe that was just in my postal zone, before zip codes.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: woodsman, 2/6/2013 12:06:36 PM     (No. 9161855)

I can hit a 9 iron to the parking lot of three post offices here in rural New Hampshire....every and I mean every little town and burough has one....close every third one like any business would

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Reply 19 - Posted by: veritas, 2/6/2013 12:12:33 PM     (No. 9161873)

Hardly the course a successful business would take. Then again, the postal workers union is probably the "real customer" our pols and USPS management are serving.

#9: Good information, good example. Thanks.

#12: Remember, the IRS took over a bar-and-brothel in Nevada for not paying taxes -- and it went broke under their management. So....

#14: "But the other kids in the class are a lot dumber!" doesn´t seem like a bouquet. Did I misread something?

#15: Eek! The internet is already on the way to being unusable thanks to spam. I sure don´t want more of it stealing my paid-for bandwidth [yeah, yeah, yeah -- ads etc. help with the costs of the ISP] and time!

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