Senator blasts Postal Service changes

Senator blasts Postal Service changes

There are 68 comments on the The Washington Post story from Mar 20, 2012, titled Senator blasts Postal Service changes. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

Susan Collins said Monday in a speech on the Senate floor. An employee places change of address labels onto mail at the U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center in Merrifield, Va.

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“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#1 Mar 20, 2012
Take money from "Defense" and commit it to improving and bolstering the Post Office. The latter is essential; the former is bloated and many times its necessary size.
Mothra

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Mar 20, 2012
The post office should lay out it's zip codes in a checkerboard pattern.

'Red' squares get local home delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

'Black' square on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Local mail pickup would still be done every day, but only at designated (ie,'blue boxes) locations on alternate days as listed above.

Ta-da! Home delivery still maintained, but at about 1/2 the routes run resulting in cost savings.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#4 Mar 20, 2012
With mail volume and revenues plummeting, the Postal Service is on course to lose about $7 billion in the fiscal year that ends in September. The losses are due in part to hefty personnel costs not borne by other federal agencies. One is a requirement, imposed by a 2006 law, that it set aside money each year to cover the costs of future health insurance benefits for its retired workers.

Why did republicans require the post office to make payments to the government for their retirement benifits?
No other company was.
Just another teabagger ploy to crush unions and middle class.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#5 Mar 20, 2012
Would the teabaggers do the same with Halliburton?
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#6 Mar 20, 2012
Mothra wrote:
The post office should lay out it's zip codes in a checkerboard pattern.
'Red' squares get local home delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
'Black' square on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Local mail pickup would still be done every day, but only at designated (ie,'blue boxes) locations on alternate days as listed above.
Ta-da! Home delivery still maintained, but at about 1/2 the routes run resulting in cost savings.
Sure. Why not? Half the time there are only two or three pieces of mail in my mailbox. Every-other-day service would be plenty.

Business addresses? Not so sure.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#7 Mar 20, 2012
Wall Street Government wrote:
With mail volume and revenues plummeting, the Postal Service is on course to lose about $7 billion in the fiscal year that ends in September. The losses are due in part to hefty personnel costs not borne by other federal agencies. One is a requirement, imposed by a 2006 law, that it set aside money each year to cover the costs of future health insurance benefits for its retired workers.
Why did republicans require the post office to make payments to the government for their retirement benifits?
No other company was.
Just another teabagger ploy to crush unions and middle class.
Health insurance benefits. Who provides the insurance for postal workers? If it's from the private sector I can understand why it's so expensive. Private insurance companies demand profits for stockholders and fat salaries and benefits for the big shots,
cream skimmed off the top by the parasites in the industry.
The government could do it just as well, if not better, and much more cheaply.
Concerned

United States

#8 Mar 20, 2012
Wall Street Government wrote:
With mail volume and revenues plummeting, the Postal Service is on course to lose about $7 billion in the fiscal year that ends in September. The losses are due in part to hefty personnel costs not borne by other federal agencies. One is a requirement, imposed by a 2006 law, that it set aside money each year to cover the costs of future health insurance benefits for its retired workers.
Why did republicans require the post office to make payments to the government for their retirement benifits?
No other company was.
Just another teabagger ploy to crush unions and middle class.
You had a cogent argument but the use of the Teabagger ruins it.
Concerned

United States

#9 Mar 20, 2012
Gary wrote:
<quoted text>
Health insurance benefits. Who provides the insurance for postal workers? If it's from the private sector I can understand why it's so expensive. Private insurance companies demand profits for stockholders and fat salaries and benefits for the big shots,
cream skimmed off the top by the parasites in the industry.
The government could do it just as well, if not better, and much more cheaply.
let's remember politicians and other government employees are EXEMPT from ObamaCare. They don't want anything to do with it.

Foist it upon the masses; inferior care dictated by the government.

Already, gynecological services are being recommended (A PANEL selected by the GOVERNMENT!) to be every 3 YEARS instead of EVERY YEAR!

Meanwhile, begging and receiving EXEMPTIONS from ObamaCare are UNIONS. They don't want it EITHER!

Americans are getting SCREWED by OBamaCare. NObama in 2012!

Romney says he'll repeal it, Obama hasn't says that!
Phil McCracken

Trenton, NJ

#10 Mar 20, 2012
FedEx and United Parcel Service [UPS] make money HAND OVER FIST, yet the United States Postal Service [USPS] loses billions. This is the QUINTESSENTIAL example why the public sector should NOT be running businesses. The USPS is just another tool for Democrats to hand out cushy jobs, with the operating losses being funded by the American taxpayer.

Cut back service at the USPS, and if there is a need to fill the vacuum left by the USPS, then let the private sector fill the void. In this day of email and other electronic forms of communication, what service does the USPS provide that FedEx and UPS can't.....other than deliver junk mail?

NObama 2012.....The End of an Error
Phil McCracken

Trenton, NJ

#11 Mar 20, 2012
Gary wrote:
<quoted text>
Health insurance benefits. Who provides the insurance for postal workers? If it's from the private sector I can understand why it's so expensive. Private insurance companies demand profits for stockholders and fat salaries and benefits for the big shots,
cream skimmed off the top by the parasites in the industry.
The government could do it just as well, if not better, and much more cheaply.
Gary, lay off the crack pipe...
Sons of Liberty

United States

#12 Mar 20, 2012
The post office is as rude and difficult to deal with as ANY government agency.

In my first house, small, in a small neighborhood my mail was always delivered. I walked out one day and there our mail person was on vacation. The substitute would not put the mail in our box. Instead I got a letter which said your mail is now suspended till you move your car 3 feet forward. You will have to pick up your suspended mail at the local post office.

Do you think ANY private agency would operate this way?

My second house on a busy street. At least once a year my mailbox was hit by motorist. One day I was awaiting important mail and I was leaving 4am the next day. As I got home that evening I (as did everyone on our street) got a note which said "You mail is now suspended till you move your box one foot closer to the road!!!!!
I was up till midnight then up at 3am for work the next day!

Do you think ANY private agency would treat its customers that way.

Over the next 6 months my mailbox was hit 6 times! Every other day some one's mailbox was damaged!

Do you think ANY private agency would treat its customers this way?

We have a new business; a small business. When the mail lady arrives with something which is not for the mail box she sits in her car and honks till some one comes out!

Do you think ANY private agency can get away with that?

I arrived at the shop one day as she was leaving. She had two packages which required signatures. Due to the noise of our machines no one heard her honking. I stopped her leaving the drive with the certified documents.

Do you think ANY private agency could get away with that?

We have stopped all USPS shipments due to customer treatment. Is it any surprise big government can not make it in a capitalistic society?

**********

What is a true crime is they make it ILLEGAL for other companies to deliver general mail. They can deliver packages but not general mail!

So the government ruins the industry AND THEN prevents others from filling the void!

Another step to the new socialist america!
imho

Richmond, KY

#13 Mar 20, 2012
Phil McCracken wrote:
FedEx and United Parcel Service [UPS] make money HAND OVER FIST, yet the United States Postal Service [USPS] loses billions. This is the QUINTESSENTIAL example why the public sector should NOT be running businesses. The USPS is just another tool for Democrats to hand out cushy jobs, with the operating losses being funded by the American taxpayer.

Cut back service at the USPS, and if there is a need to fill the vacuum left by the USPS, then let the private sector fill the void. In this day of email and other electronic forms of communication, what service does the USPS provide that FedEx and UPS can't.....other than deliver junk mail?

NObama 2012.....The End of an Error
Just to negate a few of your comments... For ONE, the Postal Service does NOT receive any American Tax Dollars!!!! And as to what the USPS does that UPS and FedEx can't... Try to mail a letter across the country for 45 cents via one of those two companies... Get some real facts "McCracken"
Ex-GOP Con

San Jose, CA

#14 Mar 20, 2012
why hasn't the post office caught up with the 21st century and offer e-mail services? they have an established market already that could easily tap into that. this would differentiate them apart from google and yahoo.

Since: May 08

Deltona Fla

#15 Mar 20, 2012
Sons of Liberty wrote:
The post office is as rude and difficult to deal with as ANY government agency.
In my first house, small, in a small neighborhood my mail was always delivered. I walked out one day and there our mail person was on vacation. The substitute would not put the mail in our box. Instead I got a letter which said your mail is now suspended till you move your car 3 feet forward. You will have to pick up your suspended mail at the local post office.
Do you think ANY private agency would operate this way?
My second house on a busy street. At least once a year my mailbox was hit by motorist. One day I was awaiting important mail and I was leaving 4am the next day. As I got home that evening I (as did everyone on our street) got a note which said "You mail is now suspended till you move your box one foot closer to the road!!!!!
I was up till midnight then up at 3am for work the next day!
Do you think ANY private agency would treat its customers that way.
Over the next 6 months my mailbox was hit 6 times! Every other day some one's mailbox was damaged!
Do you think ANY private agency would treat its customers this way?
We have a new business; a small business. When the mail lady arrives with something which is not for the mail box she sits in her car and honks till some one comes out!
Do you think ANY private agency can get away with that?
I arrived at the shop one day as she was leaving. She had two packages which required signatures. Due to the noise of our machines no one heard her honking. I stopped her leaving the drive with the certified documents.
Do you think ANY private agency could get away with that?
We have stopped all USPS shipments due to customer treatment. Is it any surprise big government can not make it in a capitalistic society?
**********
What is a true crime is they make it ILLEGAL for other companies to deliver general mail. They can deliver packages but not general mail!
So the government ruins the industry AND THEN prevents others from filling the void!
Another step to the new socialist america!
Your not suppose to park in front of the mail box. Hell even the hicks know that. I got the same letter but I knew I wasn't suppose to park there I did. It is usually one of the questions in the written drivers test. The letter didn't say service was suspended either. It said the mail box was unserviceable because... and had "obstructed box" checked off. The only thing that anoid me was if the box was so obstructed how the F did he put the notice in it. PS when in large cities beware of the alternate side of street parking or you will be pissed they towed your car.
Phil McCracken

Trenton, NJ

#16 Mar 20, 2012
imho wrote:
<quoted text>
Just to negate a few of your comments... For ONE, the Postal Service does NOT receive any American Tax Dollars!!!! And as to what the USPS does that UPS and FedEx can't... Try to mail a letter across the country for 45 cents via one of those two companies... Get some real facts "McCracken"
Bottom line, the USPS can not do anything in the way of changing rates or reducing service without approval from Congress. So, with regard to your 42 cent comment, that is a an arbitrary rate set by CONGRESS. Given the USPS' huge operating deficit, the company is not running efficiently, and it is the federal govt that is not allowing them to compete effectively. And, while the Fed Govt does not explicitly fund the USPS, their total involvement in the operating decisions of the USPS imply a degree of support. You mean to tell me that The Savior won't pump in billions of dollars into the USPS if it meant saving tens of thousands of votes? So take your pompous attitude elsewhere.
Sheik Yerbouti

Chalfont, PA

#17 Mar 20, 2012
In one neighborhood I lived in everyone got together after the mail was delivered to exchange mail. Even after repeated complaints the mail-person could not put the right mail in the right box. I suspect she was either dyslexic or illiterate! The 'mail exchange' was a standing joke in the neighborhood!

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#18 Mar 20, 2012
Just get rid of the Post Office. It's simply no longer needed.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#19 Mar 20, 2012
Gary wrote:
<quoted text>
Health insurance benefits. Who provides the insurance for postal workers? If it's from the private sector I can understand why it's so expensive. Private insurance companies demand profits for stockholders and fat salaries and benefits for the big shots,
cream skimmed off the top by the parasites in the industry.
The government could do it just as well, if not better, and much more cheaply.
Aetna
Blue Cross
CIGNA
Mothra

Phoenix, AZ

#20 Mar 20, 2012
Mothra wrote:
The post office should lay out it's zip codes in a checkerboard pattern.
'Red' squares get local home delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
'Black' square on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Local mail pickup would still be done every day, but only at designated (ie,'blue boxes) locations on alternate days as listed above.
Ta-da! Home delivery still maintained, but at about 1/2 the routes run resulting in cost savings.
Forgot something.... the post office should get out of the overnight and express delivery business -- just one low-cost shipping method for packages.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#21 Mar 20, 2012
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text>
You had a cogent argument but the use of the Teabagger ruins it.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) transports hundreds of billions of pieces of mail a year to addresses everywhere in the United States. It does so with no government subsidies – if you don’t use the postal service, you don’t pay for it. Now, like the US economy, the USPS faces a crisis brought on by Republican policies, which Republicans insist only more right-wing policies can solve. USPS has informed Congress that it can’t pay $5.5 billion due to a federal retiree health fund September 30, raising prospects of default. Republicans, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, are demanding layoffs and service cuts. Here’s how the Republican plan – burning the Postal Service to save it.
In their last month in the majority in 2006, House and Senate Republicans passed a “postal reform” law requiring USPS, over a decade, to pre-fund its health benefits for the next 75 years.

The Republican-imposed pre-funding requirement, which postal unions never asked for, has proven to be less a booster shot than a kiss of death. No health plan, public or private, operates under such an extreme mandate – and no government or business program is required to be fully funded 75 years ahead of time in order to be considered solvent. Republican demands to lay off 100,000 workers now so that pensions are funded for 75 years is just as cruel a joke as insisting on throwing millions of Americans off of Social Security now to improve its financial outlook for 2086.

No, teabagger is right on the money.

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