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Post Office to End Saturday Delivery Starting August 1

 
Zedakah
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Post Office to End Saturday Delivery Starting August 1
The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays beginning Aug. 1, although packages will continue to be delivered.
It will mark the an end of an era for the agency, which started Saturday delivery in 1863.

The Postal Service has been borrowing billions of dollars from taxpayers to make up for shortfalls caused by a 2006 congressional mandate, under which it has to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees. Technological advances have also led to a decline in first-class mail, which most consumers use to stay in touch and pay bills.
The situation turned particularly dire last year -- the agency twice defaulted on payments totaling $11 billion, and it exhausted a $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury.

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Maybe they should cut the salary of the postmaster general - the highest paid person in the executive branch.
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Some packages (such as medicine) will be delivered on Saturdays.
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simple solution, if you want mail get a PO Box. Stop automatic delivery to every single address in the world. What a waste of resources. Pick up your mail once or twice a week at your local PO.
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so, this won't affect my uncles packages from california right?
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so, this won't affect my uncles packages from california right?
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Depends how big your Uncle's package is.
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The fee for my PO Box went up 32% this year.


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The post office makes money, when congress mandated in 2006 that the post office had to pre-fund healthcare for every employee for 75 years in to the future, including putting money away for people yet unborn and that the post office only had 10 years to put 75 years of funding away at a cost of $5.5 billion a year, congress had a goal. Congress knows the post office makes money so they are trying to break them and federalize the post office so they can use the money and TAX you to run the post office.

the reality of the mandate also does not take in to account technology and assumes postal employee number will increase at an ever rising rate, the post office is fighting back and something like 5 out of 9 jobs are going to be cut so they can re-do the retirement numbers.

One more time, congress wants to take over the postal service & spend the money the postal service makes and Tax you at the same time to run the postal service and still make you buy stamps to mail things. Congress sees dollar signs and a huge money pool they can squander.


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Bump so people understand...
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The post office makes money, when congress mandated in 2006 that the post office had to pre-fund healthcare for every employee for 75 years in to the future, including putting money away for people yet unborn and that the post office only had 10 years to put 75 years of funding away at a cost of $5.5 billion a year, congress had a goal. Congress knows the post office makes money so they are trying to break them and federalize the post office so they can use the money and TAX you to run the post office.

the reality of the mandate also does not take in to account technology and assumes postal employee number will increase at an ever rising rate, the post office is fighting back and something like 5 out of 9 jobs are going to be cut so they can re-do the retirement numbers.

One more time, congress wants to take over the postal service & spend the money the postal service makes and Tax you at the same time to run the postal service and still make you buy stamps to mail things. Congress sees dollar signs and a huge money pool they can squander.


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very good explanation, thanks
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Re: Post Office to End Saturday Delivery Starting August 1
The post office makes money, when congress mandated in 2006 that the post office had to pre-fund healthcare for every employee for 75 years in to the future, including putting money away for people yet unborn and that the post office only had 10 years to put 75 years of funding away at a cost of $5.5 billion a year, congress had a goal. Congress knows the post office makes money so they are trying to break them and federalize the post office so they can use the money and TAX you to run the post office.

the reality of the mandate also does not take in to account technology and assumes postal employee number will increase at an ever rising rate, the post office is fighting back and something like 5 out of 9 jobs are going to be cut so they can re-do the retirement numbers.

One more time, congress wants to take over the postal service & spend the money the postal service makes and Tax you at the same time to run the postal service and still make you buy stamps to mail things. Congress sees dollar signs and a huge money pool they can squander.


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The best way to cut jobs (which they should do) is to go to 3 day delivery. There will be A routes and B routes.

A routes are delivered Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
B routes are delivered Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Each employee works all six days.
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(quote) Depends how big your Uncle's package is.


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Will anyone really miss it? Really?
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They have to do , what they have to do. Deal with it.
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Thanks for the pin.
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Will anyone really miss it? Really?
 Quoting: Widespread Panic


^^This

Just cut delivery to everybody like another poster mentioned. Have PO boxes for everybody.

1. Centralize mail for easy distribution.
2. You will still need people to manage, sort etc.
3. No more fucktards blocking the roads with delivery
4. Keep mail secure in one location

This will also allow the government to:
1. Get your biometric readings when you go to the post office
2. Force you to validate identity
3. Easier to keep tabs on you
4. Easier to keep tabs on you
5. Easier to keep tabs on you
6. Easier to keep tabs on you


Either way I don't really care. If something is that important we all know that the fucking sheriff will deliver it you lol...
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Five years time, will be but a shadow of what we once knew.

80 % of Americans cannot afford the bills now. Unemployment , honestly hovering at 20%. This country is done.
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Ohhhh Noooooo, you mean I will only get bills FIVE days a week? Bummer

I really don't see a need for daily mail anymore. All I ever get is bills and junk like credit card offers and coupons that I throw away anyway.

If I want to contact someone there are much better ways to do it than sending something through the mail.

I'm surprised they aren't still using horses. The technology is outdated and not needed.

If I order something online usually the postal service is the slowest and most expensive.

My mail carrier is a super nice guy and I don't want to see any of them lose a job but it appears to be in the cards.

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The fee for my PO Box went up 32% this year.


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Cant blame them. They are trying to balance things. Between the a huge percentage being unemployed ( that cant pay any bills) mixed with the ones that pay online, NO one writes anymore. They are hurting.......capish?
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I'm in Canada and our post office delivers 5 days a week for I don't know how long now.

Still don't see a need for more than once a week though. People would adapt to once a week.

I think the post office is a huge DRAIN on spending.

Cut it to once a week. Done!
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Five years time, will be but a shadow of what we once knew.

80 % of Americans cannot afford the bills now. Unemployment , honestly hovering at 20%. This country is done.
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Not if we evolve


I hate to say it, but there really isn't much need for the post office. Unless it's small enough to throw like a frisbee, it's cheaper to FedEx.
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If the postal service successfully funds the congressional mandate and survivse the next three years they will be in one heck of a good position.

Congress does not expect them to survive though; we might even see congress get involved in this reduction of service with the end goal in mind.

Last Edited by Chrit on 02/06/2013 09:07 PM
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It's gonna suck on a Holiday. That would be three days without mail! ugh
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Pay your bills online or mail them early. Banks will have a field day with late fees. I already suspect some payments are marked late that actually make it in time. This is just one more chance for them.
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so, this won't affect my uncles packages from california right?
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Depends how big your Uncle's package is.
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lol
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I love USPS.
Only thing that functions, IMO.
Will miss Sat. mail.
Sent 67 Xmas card, 30 thank you cards, all in Jan.
Glad to support USPS.
Nothing like a letter in the mail to cheer ones heart!
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Good move on the post office. the next big step would be to force retirement on all of those baby boomers raking in the huge hourly rates and hire in half the amount of younger people to fill in the void at a lesser but still respectable hourly wage.
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Times change and yes we will soon have central mailboxes.


It was an outrage when the deliveries stopped for coal,ice, milk, and bread... but technology advances.
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Pay your bills online or mail them early. Banks will have a field day with late fees. I already suspect some payments are marked late that actually make it in time. This is just one more chance for them.
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^^
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If they REALLY want to save money, get rid of all those worthless, rude Affirmative Action nigz that won't work and take up space. Nothing more worthless in the world than a nig who works for the government........besides Jews, that is!
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If they REALLY want to save money, get rid of all those worthless, rude Affirmative Action nigz that won't work and take up space. Nothing more worthless in the world than a nig who works for the government........besides Jews, that is!
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I for one support what you said in FULL. The mail delivery person in my neighborhood is a black and she is HORRIBLE! Our mail ends up down the street half the time. We get other neighbors mail all the time too. You would think they are paying this lazy joke 8 dollars an hour. It makes me fucking sick to know that they start these worthless fuckers at 15.00 or better depending on the route.

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