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Old 02-06-2013, 01:36 PM   #21
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I'm among those who believe the Saturday no mail thing is just fine. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't mind it if they went to Mon-Weds-Fri deliveries, and those who need more than that can contract with USPS and pay for it.

The exceptions are when patrons pay for overnight delivery. It should be just that.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:48 PM   #22
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Doesn't bother me in the least bit. I pay all my bills online and have opted for electronic communications with most of the companies I do business with (all of which have a vested interest in saving a stamp, as well), so about the only thing I still get via USPS is junk.

Oh, and birthday/Christmas cards. I do like those.

As we become more and more a tech driven society, I see could eventually see government-run mail delivery fade away and become a thing of the past, much like the pony express. The few physical deliveries that are needed could easily be handled by private companies like UPS or FedEx.

I guess it would also mean that in the future there will also be fewer cases of "going postal"?
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:00 PM   #23
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The price of postage (stamps) went up again, as well. I wouldn't mind if the delivery days were cut down to five - less dumping of junk mail & a crammed mailbox. As I understand it, the cut was made, in part, due to a suffering retirement plan. Perhaps, they could change to another plan, rather than pass the cost along to the consumer & cut their service.
Even though the USPS is not a Federal department, they employees are under the Federal Retirement plan. Very lucrative. They will never give that up. That is the main reason so many stay on the job. That and the pay is very substantial.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:28 PM   #24
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The price of postage (stamps) went up again, as well. I wouldn't mind if the delivery days were cut down to five - less dumping of junk mail & a crammed mailbox. As I understand it, the cut was made, in part, due to a suffering retirement plan. Perhaps, they could change to another plan, rather than pass the cost along to the consumer & cut their service.
Since 2006 the USPS has been required to pre-fund their retiree health plan obligations. It's a noose around their neck.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:29 PM   #25
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So long as they don't wait until Saturday to deliver my packages, I'm all for it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:04 PM   #26
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I suspect this is a continuation of the 2012 decision to reduce hours of operation at rural post offices (some 3700 across the US). The decision was to reduce the hours of operation (and cut a number of full-timers to part-timers, which meant they lost their benefits). I know the little PO where my parents live in Northern Minnesota is only open a couple of hours a day now.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:17 PM   #27
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My Saturday person is a part-timer. At least as far as I know. Maybe she fills in at other PO's during the week. Maybe for people taking vacations or something.
I'm not sure if this will mean the regular weekday guy will deliver the packages on Saturday, increasing his hours which will surely be overtime, or the part-time person will have their Saturday hours reduced.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:11 AM   #28
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I had a co-worker who's wife was a mail carrier. That job is grueling, the delivery is the easy part, sorting all that mail into hundreds of bundles every day was the hard part (the bundles that end up in your box are still done by hand). Someone else did it on Saturdays, so that might be why saturday delivery is erratic for a lot of folks, a one day a week "fill in" just doesn't have the speed or the practice to do this job well.

With that said, I won't miss Saturday delivery, it's 95 percent junk mail anyway, I've gone paperless, and pay everything online. We only check the box once a week anyway.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:15 AM   #29
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i hope the cutback doesn't affect our mail man, carlos. he's a great guy, almost like a distant cousin to our family. but he does our saturday delivery and has monday off. my son used to go for "ride alongs" down our block to help carlos deliver mail when he was 3 or 4 years old.


and just to continue to be a wise guy this morning, there'll be ripple effects in the economy that i don't think are being considered. the market for winter sales of shorts and knee high socks will dry up...
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #30
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I buy a lot of my purchases from catalogs (small town, limited shopping) and most come UPS. But nothing that can't wait a day or two. Oh, yes, my husbands Rx. They send them out so early that we could set up a black market drug store, so that isn't affected. When I was in the service, I had to take the postal service exam. If all the delivery people (we call ours the letter lady, and being a small town know her pretty well) still have to take the exam I took, it isn't for dummies.
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