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  • #50
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    Personally, I have no desire to see dead mailmen lying around all over the place...If I see any starving, I'll give them some fruitcake. ( :
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    When you have an issue with service from USPS they are more than happy to tell you that USPS is NOT Taxpayer Supported BUT when they WANT something there they are hands out looking for MONEY.

    Note to USPS.... those dollars you are looking for come from taxpayers...

    If you concentrated on providing quality customer service like your competition (FedEx and UPS) you wouldn't be losing market share and asking ME for more money for overpaid rude incompetents who think they're entitled to a job.
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    Perfectly stated. I can't count how many times I've gotten the "not taxpayer supported" song and dance from the lifers at my local PO. Priority mail is the only thing I'd miss.
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    The mail is just not that important any more it could be delivered every other day and probably cut the staff by 30 to 40 percent. Jobs are not charities and are not for life.
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    the u.s. postal service is still more important, and more dependable than any other form of message service. we can't, as a culture, let it die.

    "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"
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    @dances-weebles I am not advocating letting it die. Most of the mail I get is magazines and and crap. We could skip a day to save money and no one would be harmed. The postal service pays way to much money for what their employees do.
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    @Speedieg you complain because the postal carriers are paid a living wage? i don't know about anybody else, but i receive all sorts of correspondence including letters, checks and other items from the federal gov't. royalty checks, and other payments. i don't receive any magazines at all unless my mother sends me a box of readers digests that she's collected throughout the year.
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    @Speedieg

    The UPS is not necessarily just about letters and magazines. Many people depend on USPS for life-saving medication and other important deliveries. Some of the first things that will be cut is free collection of can food for the needy, stamps that raise funds for breast cancer, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for missing and exploited children. Some of the more rural stores will be closed limiting delivery areas (which feeds into the UN agenda for the elimination of private property and rural development). Besides the loss of more jobs.
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    @hwyangel valid points but just like the pony express vanished and was replaced we need to adapt to new technologies. Change is never easy and is often not fair.
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    Email is killing the USPS, not Congress. I pay my bills online and use direct deposit/withdrawal. Most all I get from snail mail is advertising. I wouldn't mind having no Saturday delivery for Red Plum coupons. They've already ignored my request to be taken off their mailing list. Any important deliveries that I get anymore seem to come from Federal Express.
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    I hate it for the workers, but the times they are a-changin'...and if the USPS is losing money, something has to change with it.
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    This just shows how out of touch the union is. The time to face reality has long passed. Now we get to deal with the consequences of not facing reality.

    If we were to go to three day a week residential and five day a week business delivery it would suit me just fine.
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    @dances-weebles

    The USPS is going to have to downsize to be viable. Since the `80s serious reform has been talked about and the unions have been against any reform.
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    @dances-weebles

    The only reason they're still in business is because congress mandates and protects them. Just look at UPS and FedEx. If they could deliver mail, the USPS would have folded already. Like the rest of the federal government the USPS too big for the service they provide.
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    This article is inaccurate. The USPS's budget proplems are caused by congress. They would be quite profitable if Congress did not force them to prepay pensions in advavce. The New York Times has written extensively about this
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    And Social Security is not a problem, if the Gov would stop taking it's money and pay back what it borrowed. Of course, if pigs could fly........lol
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    If Social Security has to be trimmed to make it viable, then the USPS pension can also be trimmed to make it viable. I have a better suggestion...trim Medicaid and illegal alien food benefits (the deal we have with Mexico) and quit giving free healthcare to illegal aliens...and don't say we don't, because we damned sure do...and furnish translators for them while we do it.
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    @stepped_in_it. The Postal Service is not a government agency. It is overseen by congress. They can't take money from them, but they can force them into budgetary problems and claim they are mismanaged. Seriously, look into it -
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    @UnCommonBoston The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an "independent establishment of the executive branch" of the United States Government (see 39 U.S.C.ยง 201) responsible for providing postal service in the United States. Within the United States, it is generally referred to as "the post office."

    The USPS is often mistaken for a government-owned corporation (e.g. Amtrak), but as noted above is legally defined as an "independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States,"[cite this quote] as it is wholly owned by the government and controlled by the Presidential appointees and the Postmaster General. As a quasi-governmental agency, it has many special privileges, including sovereign immunity, eminent domain powers, powers to negotiate postal treaties with foreign nations, and an exclusive legal right to deliver first-class and third-class mail.
    Source(s):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USPS
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    Just print more money! That's the solution for everything in America today. No longer financially viable? No problem! The liberal solution is to ignore reality and just keep spending and borrowing.

    I really don't see this as an issue. Nothing needs to change. Everything is just fine.
  • #115
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    Maybe some of these politicians holding office should be the first to stand up and take a pay cut leading by example and show all of us how to survive on less starting with the Leader first
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    When anything becomes obsolete we should help the people out who are facing obsoletion, but we shouldn't preserve services we no longer need. We have E-mail now. We have Fed Ex. Even though I support a lot of government regulation and universal health care I've never understood why we need to have a federal postal service. Why can't that be provided by the market? It's not like the government provides postal service for free. If we didn't have a federal one and the market wasn't doing anything or was making postal service a privilege for the rich then I'd understand. But as it is we could get rid of the post office altogether without impairing communication.
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    If there are postal workers starving themselves they need to be institionalized before they go POSTAL!
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    Downsizing the Post Office is the only way to save it. Many people make electronic transactions each month that used to be done by the snail mail. If the P.O. loses just 10 pieces of mail a month to technology that is almost $5 a month times hundreds of millions of people and a billion a month or 12-billion a year. Add in losses to Fed Ex, UPS , and other couriers and the Post Office cannot survive as it is going. Technology claims more from PO each month.

    The end of home delivery is nigh. Soon mail will only be available at a postal station.
  • #99
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    mail is always late, damaged and cost too much anyway, screw the post office, privatize it and have a reliable postal system!
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    Doing away with the postal service is a wonderful idea! Every post office that I've ever seen are housed in the most hideous buildings, and I have heard the uniforms that the servants wear are comparable to those of discount department store patrons! It should also be noted that by having private companies take over delivery of mail, communities around the country would be much safer after forbidding undesirables entry into areas not suited for them.
  • #84
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    give the postal service massive lay offs.
    The US Government never runs anything well.
    They collective bargain for more more more, at we the peoples expence.
    My mail used to be delivered at 9 a.m. Now it doesnt go until 5 p.m.
    What the hell happend?
    Turn the postal service over to FED EX!!!
  • #83
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    The previous postmaster general, John Potter, was essentially fired after Congress learned he was making $815K-plus a year. If you're looking for waste, you need only start at the top of the bureaucracy which passes money amongst themselves like drunken sailors.
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    As I understand it the Post Office is losing money because the Federal Govt require them to fully vest retirement benefits some five years in advance. More than thirty years ago when the minimum wage in California was something like 3.75 an hour the post office started a new employee at 10.40 an hour. I don't believe in paying people minimum wage but the point there was that they started an unskilled worker at nearly 3 times the minimum wage with benefits and went up the ladder from there. Today the post office is fully automated and the only people I can see making three time minimum wage today to start would be those who actually do physical work. I have watched women at my local post office Fight to get onto a stool because they are so obese that they can't lift a butt cheek 2 inches onto a stool. In one case that actually happened customers stood and watched in disbelief as an employee tried to get her obese body onto two stools. She had come back from break or wherever she had been and it took her a full 10 minutes to 'get situated". Thank God I didn't get her window. I can't even believe that the Post Office is funding the heath care for life for someone like that. No wonder they're broke.
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