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Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

Correct, the mail is delivered to every mail box which is assumed to me somewhat near the house. This is also true in cities and has been done for several years. Frankly I expect the USPS to end delivery to the door or curbside at each house and go to cluster boxes for each street or neighborhood. I currently live on a city delivery route with door delivery. We have 2 feeder streets passing through the neighborhood. The route could be covered by 10 to 15 cluster boxes along the 2 feeder streets. I don't know how much time would be saved but it would also cut back on mileage and gas.  (Mar 20, 2012 | post #74)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

My biggest complaint for many years has been no Sunday delivery! Post Office Boxes previously received Sunday and holiday delivery but the USPS stopped that many years ago! Now they want to stop Saturday service! I agree with you that the USPS is putting themselves out of business the way they are cutting back because the internet is taking a cut of their business but they expect people to transact business with the USPS online! Doesn't make any sense whatsoever!! What do you mean by bidder to deliver mail? The USPS now has Highway Contract Routes we use to call Star Routes. You suggested competition. A contractor (bidder) is NOT competition! In my mind, competition is a company providing the service on their own. UPS, Fedex, and others are under no regulation from the USPS but they are regulated by the government as common carriers. If there is true competition, the USPS has no say in the way mail (or whatever it will be called) is delivered. I really doubt anyone would bid to deliver mail and deliver each piece to an individual address to places like rural Alaska, Palau, etc. At least not a the pittance you probably think they should receive. If you were landlocked in remote Alaska do you think anyone other than the USPS would deliver your mail? Do you think any contractor would bid that route? They may bid to bring the mail to the Post Office, but do you think they will distribute mail to each and every address there?  (Mar 19, 2012 | post #72)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

How about not enough profit or operating at a LOSS? The competition will deliver parcels and next day service to most rural areas. But do you really think they will deliver 45 sent or even 50 cent letters on a regular basis along Rural Routes when a RR may be by 20 to 70 miles long and there may be only a couple of hundred letters for the whole route? By rural, I am also referring to isolated areas in Alaska and the Pacific islands. There may be a profit in overnight delivery but I doubt any business would want to deliver regular mail to rural areas on a daily basis. The Post Office is required by law to make these deliveries.  (Mar 18, 2012 | post #70)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

Not true. Congress pays for its postage. There are even stamps printed for Congress to use thought I have never seen them used. Even though mail is Franked, it is not free. I couldn't locate Edmundo's original post but not counting tax deductions businesses get a lower postage rate than us serfs. There is a lower rate for presort and barcode if mailed in quantity. Just watch the metered postage on bills and statements or check www.usps.gov.  (Mar 18, 2012 | post #69)

Ruidoso, NM

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She must prove the alleged allegations to a jury of 12! She has some work ahead.  (Mar 16, 2012 | post #120)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

I agree with you about the price of money orders even though I pay by check or credit card and don't use cash. I don't HAVE to stick by the USPS as my past employer. When I worked there, I was their biggest critic. I just happen to be one of those dinosaurs who demands paper statements and mails checks as payment. I don't pay online unless I can pay by credit card and then 99.99% of the time I mail a check to pay the credit card. I also receive my numerous medicines by mail. Electronic data is not 100% reliable and subject to hacking, fraud, and alteration. I have had my account altered without my permission twice and the bank/Credit Union denied it. When I said, "I have a paper statement in front of me that proves I am correct," they admitted wrong doing. Buying a computer and keeping an internet connection, as well as spyware/malware protection, and software updates is very, very expensive. I can certainly understand why people use the US Mail and not the internet. I can't believe a private company would be willing to deliver a regular letter ANYWHERE in the USA for a reasonable price in a reasonable amount of time. By anywhere, I mean rural areas including remote parts of Alaska and the Pacific territories, as well as to and from US Military overseas.  (Mar 16, 2012 | post #53)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

Maybe not, but it was in the news several years ago that they no longer offer service withing the USA. I checked the link and their are to rates from the USA to the USA.  (Mar 16, 2012 | post #52)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

Unfortunately I have to agree with you except DHL went out of business a few of years ago. It has been the intent of the Post Office to cut back on labor expenses by getting stores and others to sell stamps as a customer convenience. They are now closing small Post Offices and hoping to get contractors for Village Post Offices with very limited service. As for competition do you honestly think any private company will deliver a letter to any location in the USA for 45 or even 50 cents? I doubt it. UPS, Fedex, etc is in the over night and parcel business. In fact UPS and Fedex partners with USPS with their aircraft carrying US Mail. I have received parcels sent by UPS and Fedex and then dropped off at the local Post Office for final delivery by letter carriers. They don't have a Fedex drop box at the Alamogordo PO yet but you will see Fedex drop boxes at many other Post Offices.  (Mar 14, 2012 | post #46)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

Why should I know about local construction companies? The only one I know contacted me, but they didn't offer what I wanted. Maybe you are interested in construction but I have no interest in construction. My interest is in the Post Office so I would tend to know about it and not construction. This has been addressed many times here but maybe your weren't here then: I bought my primary house in Alamogordo after a 6 year search. The only times I have visited was looking for the house. Now I am a property owner but haven't moved in yet so the Post Office, not construction companies, is importantance to me. Part of my decision to move to Alamogordo was based on the fact that the Post Office was an SCF. IT never occurred to me the PO the Post Office would downsize. I was considering Albuquerque but house prices there are outrageous there! Your suggesting of putting Topix in my Favorites (mine are called Bookmarks) is OK for a normal person but that still would require that I remember to go there. My old procedure was to check Topix for posts on anything that interested me in the ADN and any replies to my previous posts would be indicated. But since the ADN no longer uses Topix, I have to remember to check Topix.  (Mar 12, 2012 | post #43)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

The Post Office removed stamp machines from ALL Post Offices several years ago claiming they were too costly with mechanical problems. As another poster stated, many grocery and office supply stores sell stamps. There are also some shipping and post box rental stores that also sell stamps. One Saturday before Christmas the APC (Automated Postal Center) here was out of order so I was selling stamps from my house to help people needing to mail Christmas cards. You can print your own postage for Priority or Express mail at www.usps.com using Click 'n Ship. You will get up to a 15% discount and free delivery confirmation. Also you may order stamps on that web site. I receive a catalog from the USPS several times a year and order the stamps I want.  (Mar 12, 2012 | post #42)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

Albuquerque is over a 4 hour drive, weather permitting. Mail for Alamogordo is sequenced into carrier delivery order in Albuquerque before being dispatched to Alamogordo. It is quite late at night (actually early morning) before sequencing is complete, hence mail does not arrive in Alamogordo in time for delivery delaying it a day. It is more logical to sequence the mail in El Paso which is much closer. As a former Postal Operations Administrator that would have been my suggestion. Alamogordo is better off than many cities around the country. For example Tucumcari mail will be sequenced in Albuquerque. I think Amarillo would be much better. Springfield, MO mail will go to Kansas City for both outbound and in bound. In that case, I suspect a local Springfield letter will take 2 or more days to be delivered especially if the roads are close due to blizzards.  (Mar 12, 2012 | post #41)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

I will live there day to day after I finally get moved. Isn't Mesa Verde a national park 300 miles away in Colorado? I don't know about White Sands Construction, but usually construction is hard, dangerous work and construction usually works days with weekends off. I don't know what "other local businesses" you are referring to so please name business that have evening, weekend, and holiday work with good paying jobs. My good paying I mean in the neighborhood of $20 per hour plus differentials and overtime.  (Mar 11, 2012 | post #35)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

True most of the sorting is now done in Albuquerque but the outgoing mail is still cancelled in Alamogordo and the local area mail pulled out rather than making a 2 day trip to Albuquerque and back. (If this new Area Mail Processing plan goes through, the mail will make a trip to El Paso and back. How do I know what goes on on Sundays? When I was last in town, no one was back there putting mail into boxes on Sunday. I was there to pick up my mail so It was very obvious. On the Friday after Thanksgiving people were standing by the boxes after 12N waiting for their mail. I spoke with a clerk who said that they had lost so many clerks that they didn't have enough to put the box mail up. I have a contact who told me there are not enough clerks to provide Sunday box service. Clerks already have lost their jobs through buyout and/or retirement. Please forgive me for slow responses but since the ADN no longer has Topix, I have to remember to login and check Topix.  (Mar 11, 2012 | post #34)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

You probably wouldn't say that if it was HAFB instead of the Post Office and if HAFB was downsizing or closing. The only good paying jobs are in town are USPS, HAFB, and professionals such as doctors, attorneys, and CPAs.  (Mar 2, 2012 | post #31)

Alamogordo, NM

Leaving Alamo for El Paso?

I go to the Alamogordo Post Office at least once a day when I am in town. You don't see the clerks sorting the mail because they are in the back and most mail sorting is between 5PM and 8AM while the window service is closed and most customers aren't there. I don't have a current pay chart but these jobs paid pay way over $20 per hour especially for those with seniority. Top pay was reached after 8 years but new hires are now temporary at lower pay. Do I live in Alamogordo? We have addressed this in the past. I bought a house in Alamogordo and am in the process of moving there. As for impact on service, the last cut back in clerks is making the box mail late after holidays and on Mondays because there are not enough clerks. Also distribution of mail into Post Office Boxes on Sundays and holidays has been discontinued to the shortage of clerks.  (Feb 29, 2012 | post #28)

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