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    @DrFunkenstein with post office losing 16 billion dollars last year, cutting Saturday will only save 2 billion. I would rather pay extra per stamp and not waste the 14 billion dollars. Plus it will cut down on junk mail I get.
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    @SavageMazx Read the 2006 Postal Reform Act and understand why they are losing money. Before the Democrats took over Congress in 2007, the outgoing Republicans passed this wondrous piece of legislation designed to cause the Postal Service to become privatized. How? Well read the act and you'll see that the Postal Service is required to pay ahead on their retirement fund by 75 years(Yes, they have to fund the retirement funds of postal employees that aren't born yet) which is 100% of their financial losses. At the same time the Republicans have blocked all attempts to allow the Postal Service to raise stamp prices which would offset many of these deficits, only allowing a 1 cent rise last year when they need about a 7 cent raise. The postal service has been doing quite well, it's the handcuffs that the Republican bought off politicians that has caused the problem. If you think paying UPS or Fedex would be better then go to either of their websites and see how much it is to mail a letter with them, be shocked when you see that a letter that will arrive in 4-6 days will cost you $10-$15 dollars instead of a postal stamp letter that would arrive in 1-3 days Do not reply unless you read the act and can understand it, you will see that I state the facts and there is no spin at all to what I said.
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  • #18
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    I would have rather seen them take Monday off. The only time I used USPS for packages was for the free Saturday shipping. Now I might as well use UPS for everything but a letter.

    (I didn't mention Fedex on purpose. One too many bad dealings with them.)
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    HMMM.....your PO box is not "available" to you 24/7 in an unlocked part of the post office. My post office in this little town has an unlocked PO box separate from the regular post office....jus wondering!
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    @stepped_in_it I should have been a little more clear. I occasionally sell things on ebay and I need the office area open to mail packages. Sorry for the confusion. But yes, the PO boxes are accessible from the front. Perhaps the PO could make exceptions for Dec. as many folks are trying to mail packages. Perhaps this just applies to Sat. deliveries. I'll have to look for more info.
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    @stepped_in_it The little clip of info. politix gave didn't cover everything. I checked for more details and found that the offices currently open on Sat. will remain open. Shouldn't be an issue at all.

    I wish Topix would sometimes post more info to analyze. They sometimes simply give small snipets of information.
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    @Medicinebow I think the article said package deliveries would be the exception! As for the post office being open to accept packages on Saturday....don't know. I too do some Ebay selling. I have gone to using UPS due to it's better tracking methods and like any good merchant, have passed that cost off to my customers! Haven't had any complaints, as most want to be able to track their package and the USPS falls far short on that service.
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    @Medicinebow Yep, their lack of info allows the low informational to rant and rave while us researchers look for the whole story! Shall we say "adds to the spice" of the comments?
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    The problem with the Postal Service is that they've got a RIDICULOUS number of supevisors per letter carrier or postal clerk , drawing excellent pay and benefits, whose jobs are to just sit and watch the clerks at the Postal Service's facilities sort mail all day or all night long, and too many carrier's supervisors, whose job is to follow carriers around spying on them all day long. These folks engage in such fascinating things like MEASURING the stride of a Letter Carrier; drawing "flow-charts" to govern how many steps and which way they should walk INSIDE the postal service facility, etc. It's absolute INSANITY. I have several cousins who work for the USPS. Add to that how these IDIOTS demotivate Letter Carriers. The ones who get their routes done in the best time are "rewarded" by being given MORE STOPS. This in effect, creates a lack of incentive on the part of carriers not to do their job as efficiently as they can and their pressuring their "subs" and "floaters" to not "burn-up routes" (do them as quickly as possible).
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    Well, it is my understanding that this will save money without cutting any full time jobs. If this can be accomplished, it seems acceptable.
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    I don't see any comments from Neo on this thread so I'll have to say it. THIS MAKES ME SAD! I like Saturday mail delivery. I wish we had Sunday mail delivery. I know the times they are a changin' but still this does make me sad.
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    This has been a long time coming...the USPS is a losing money due the increase in email usage throughout the United States...I would rather have someone send me an email than wait two or so days for a letter...not to mention, I can get my junk mail in my inbox and decide if I want to still get it or not...you cannot make that decision via USPS...
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    Matter of fact, I have ask the local USPS to help curb the junk mail I receive and they ignore it plus I do not know how many times I have reprimanded them about sending the wrong mail. As far as I am concern, they do not do their jobs right anyway.
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    The main post office where I live is already closed on Saturdays. This will just stop the mail being delivered to or taken to be delivered on Saturdays. The postal service had been in financial trouble for some time. I'll admit I am one of the people that have hurt it. I pay my bills online and use emails instead of letters. I only use the USPS to mail cards or to deliver packages. I like their "if it fits it ships" service. I do a lot of shopping online, but those packages are usually delivered by Federal Express or UPS.
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    I believe there is more to it than just stopping. I believe they have some agreement with the gov't that says they will deliver 6 days a week.
    Not sure though.
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    Me personally, I don't use the SNail mail service very much. Most of my dealings are auto deposit, auto withdrawal, pay by internet, bill by internet....etc. I have only one company I deal with (due to the great rates) for home owners ins that mails me a bill, once a year! I hope they will one day join the 21st century! Otherwise, it's all junk mail that I can't control like my e-mail spam! Now, that would be nice, junk mail you can delete long before walking out to the mail box! LOL
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