Five-day mail service wouldn't save as much as previously thought

There are 12 comments on the Mar 25, 2011, The York Daily Record story titled Five-day mail service wouldn't save as much as previously thought. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

The decision whether to cut back U.S. mail delivery to five from six days a week was complicated Thursday by a report that suggested the U.S. Postal Service had overstated the savings to be gained by the change.

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wtf

Hanover, PA

#1 Mar 25, 2011
5 days a week? I have a BETTER idea.... THREE days a week. Half of the rural customers get mail on Mon, Wed & Fri. The other half get mail on Tues, Thur & Sat. Uncle Sam gets to eliminate 50% of the overpaid postal workers!!!!!!!!!! Of course, I am probably the ONLY person that would accept this, everyone has gotta have that junk mail that goes in the garbage and never gets looked at
john doe 000069

York, PA

#2 Mar 25, 2011
The problem is the NALC postal workers make way too much money. On November 20, 2010 the NALC letter carriers went from $1638 every other week to $1665 every other week. If they work regular overtime they make around $32 an hour. They they wonder why they are over $8 billon in the red. And they are actually talking about giving these bums a 3.5 percent pay increase. What a bunch of morons. You go to a 5 day work week then the letter carriers will have to work longer to catch up with the mail that built during the day that wasn't delivered on their day off.
no cost of bills

York, PA

#4 Mar 25, 2011
, We have been making five dollars a day since 1960, so when do they plan to change that( never?) I mean the cost of living keep going up up up and we still make the same amount of money. What,s up with that, but they want you to pay X amount of money to go to collage.
Dr Mengele

Mount Wolf, PA

#5 Mar 25, 2011
NEWMAN!!
hmmm

York, PA

#6 Mar 25, 2011
Go to a three day delivery!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, Wednesday and Friday for half

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the other half

Does this make any sense, sounds like cutting many expenses in half if you ask me. If you need something mailed that day, drop it off at the post office, otherwise, just wait an extra day to get your junk mail!!!!!!!!!!
hmmm

York, PA

#7 Mar 25, 2011
wtf wrote:
5 days a week? I have a BETTER idea.... THREE days a week. Half of the rural customers get mail on Mon, Wed & Fri. The other half get mail on Tues, Thur & Sat. Uncle Sam gets to eliminate 50% of the overpaid postal workers!!!!!!!!!! Of course, I am probably the ONLY person that would accept this, everyone has gotta have that junk mail that goes in the garbage and never gets looked at
Lol, just saw your post...now at least two of us agree.
Kramer

York, PA

#8 Mar 25, 2011
Couldn't they strap a mail cart onto some homeless people and let them deliver the mail? They could save a ton on money and the efficiency of the post office wouldn't take a hit.
giddyup

Irving, TX

#9 Mar 25, 2011
5 days of junk mail instead of six?
The post office is irrelavant today.
Junk junk junk

York, PA

#10 Mar 25, 2011
TRIPLE (or MORE) the rate for junk mail. Every single time I am out and about, and someone is retrieving their mail out of their mailbox, exact same statement: "Nothin' but junk mail"! Three days per week is plenty for mail delivery. Let attrition take over employees. No more parcel post; Big Brown does a better job anyway.

Since: Oct 08

York, PA

#11 Mar 26, 2011
The real problem here is addressing the impact that electronic communications have had on the postal service. There still is a real need for postal service, most of which would be for people that have no access to the internet or a fax machine. We must devise a plan that charges an amount that will cover the cost of the reduce amount of mail that is being sent. The new reality may be that postal service should be cut to 2 days a week and may be a lot more expensive than it is now but still cheaper than the alternatives. Perhaps it's time to go to the $1.00 stamp or huge price increases on advertising which I'm sure most people wouldn't miss anyway. Placing the increase on advertisements would have a secondary gain in that the reduction in paper, handling and printing would be a greener alternative as well. The only people that absolutely require mail service are those not connected to the internet.
ex-pert

Seattle, WA

#12 Mar 26, 2011
All these posts from PA !? I smell a black skunk ! LMAOROTF !
Carl

Lancaster, PA

#13 Mar 26, 2011
Absurdity wrote:
The real problem here is addressing the impact that electronic communications have had on the postal service. There still is a real need for postal service, most of which would be for people that have no access to the internet or a fax machine. We must devise a plan that charges an amount that will cover the cost of the reduce amount of mail that is being sent. The new reality may be that postal service should be cut to 2 days a week and may be a lot more expensive than it is now but still cheaper than the alternatives. Perhaps it's time to go to the $1.00 stamp or huge price increases on advertising which I'm sure most people wouldn't miss anyway. Placing the increase on advertisements would have a secondary gain in that the reduction in paper, handling and printing would be a greener alternative as well. The only people that absolutely require mail service are those not connected to the internet.
I'm not in complete agreement with the last sentence for the simple fact that I know two unrelated people who had someone use their online accounts for fraudulent purposes. The one gentleman had his bank account number stolen because a hacker broke into the computer system of his electrical company and then got into his account.

The other person had someone break into her Internet company's computer system and then steal her credit card number, which was on file there.

They both stopped using the Internet to pay their monthly bills and have gone back to using the paper mail service.

Obviously they are in a small percentage of people who had have things like this happen, but if more people only pay for things online, there will be more and more opportunities for fraud via the Internet.

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