Postmaster Gen'l: Mail delivery may need to be cut

There are 4 comments on the The Seattle Times story from Jan 29, 2009, titled Postmaster Gen'l: Mail delivery may need to be cut. In it, The Seattle Times reports that:

If they raised the whole junk mail rate...making it prohibitive, maybe people would be more interested in improving the contents of their mailboxes.

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“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#1 Jan 29, 2009
Mail is becoming obsolete, used only by old people who don't use computers. These are the same old geezers who insist on writing a check at WalMart because they don't trust debit cards!

Rural mail delivery should be M-W-F, everybody within city limits can get their mail at the Post Office. It would same MILLIONS......

Bothell, WA

#2 Jan 30, 2009
I don't agree that city mail delivery should be discontinued. I do think that having two non-consecutive days of no delivery is ridiculous, just deliver mail Monday through Friday and be done with it. Having everyone go to their serving postal station to pick up their mail would create far more problems than it would cure.

I also think that the rates for "standard" mail (i.e. advertising) should be increased significantly. I would state that upwards of 90% of my mail is unwanted advertising that I just recycle after tearing off any identifying labels.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#3 Jan 30, 2009
Walk down to the post office to get your mail. It would do everybody good to turn off the tv, get off their fat butts, and go get the mail.

If you live outside city limits, you could still get rural delivery- for a price- or opt to get your mail for free at the post office.

Most importantly, it would save MILLIONS in costs.

Bothell, WA

#4 Jan 30, 2009
The postal service station that now serves my box, which by the way, is about the equivalent of a city block from my home, is approximately five miles away. That would mean a ten mile hike just to pick up my mail, no thank you. Yes, this IS considered a city route.

I need to empty my box at least twice a week because of the "standard" mail. If all I received was the few bills that I still have snail-mailed and the occasional article I request be sent via USPS I could likely go at least two weeks between picking up my mail.

And while I am not yet an invalid, I do have medical problems that would make the ten mile hike you want me to do several times a week utterly impossible.

Face it, even the cost of first class mail is a huge bargain when you really think about it. Going to a Monday through Friday delivery along with substantial increases in "standard" (junk) mail rates and reasonable increases in first class rates, including rates based upon distance traveled, would do a great deal to make the USPS run without deficit.

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