Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just curious

There is big talk here about reducing costs for government run mail service. One option is closing 260 small post offices. Another possibility is cutting Saturday mail service.

Interestingly enough, people have strong opinions about this, and most everyone I talk to believes that 6 day a week mail service is vital. I see it differently. I think that we could save a huge amount of money by cutting mail delivery to every other day. One mail man could do two routes.

Let's face it. Most of what comes to me in the mail is junk mail. I believe that America as a whole simply believes that there are too many non-negotiables. The fact is, if we want to cut budgets, we are going to have to give up stuff. I don't understand why people are so resistant to change, yet demanding that budgets be cut.

Question for foreign readers: how often is your mail delivered?


Kelly said...

I'm one of those who remains a fan us the US Postal Service.

Personally, I'd have no problem at all doing away with Saturday delivery. I'd have to think about the every other day idea.

WhiteStone said...

Paper mail is decreasing. How many people write paper letters or mail paper bday cards? Volume is down, therefore revenue will continue downward. In the past couple months I've removed us from the mailing list of 25 catalogs. Getting sick of junk mail. Hate to see where this is headed for the USPS.

Bob said...

Good point Debbie but I would vote for the elimination of Saturday mail instead of every other day.

You're right, we've got to be willing to give up something.

For some crazy reason I still get a thrill out of going to the mail box. And when there's something there of importance (which is ever so seldom now) it's even more so.

Scotty said...

Official mail gets delivered Mon to Fri and junk mail all the time.

Anonymous said...

I love getting mail, a letter or card is so much nicer then an email.
I send a lot of cards to shut ins and everyone seems to enjoy that little bit of extra attention.

Michael said...

I'm a big believer in handwritten notes and create a few of them every single week, mostly for business contacts. It's a lost art.

And that's the thing -- it's "lost". And not ever coming back in large volume, which means I agree with Debby and we need to give up some of the delivery frequency.

Now I'll really go out on a limb and say that if the decision is based on budgetary concerns, it should be determined by taxpayers. No offense, but most of the people I've heard complain about the prospect of lowered postal service no longer pay taxes, and instead receive funds from federal programs.

I have no problem with them receiving those funds (my own parents and grandaparents are among those whom depend on them) as those are the fulfillment of a promise, but the USPS is no such promise. The world changes, and I think programs should change with it.

BUSH BABE said...

You get SATURDAY delivery? Wow. Never heard of such a thing. We get mail twice a week (out in the bush) and that's okay. I like that I only have to brace myself for bills twice a week. Heh.

steviewren said...

I like getting real mail so I joined a mail art group. We write real letters and add all kinds of photos, snippets of this and that, etc to them. It's fun going to the mailbox and finding something other than junk and bills. I also belong to Postcrossing which is a group where people from all over the world exchange postcards. I think I might be supporting my local mail carrier with all the stamps I purchase.

All of that said, I agree that the only way to save money is to cut out unprofitable practices...I just hope the whole mail system doesn't collapse.

Laura Jane said...

In Perth Western Australia we get mail Monday to Friday only.

Saturdays are not necessary as a mail day - surely!

Gina E. said...

Hi Debby, you left a comment on the opshop blog in Melbourne Australia, and I came over to say hi...and just spent the last half hour reading your blog? I think I've found a twin soul...I used to work in aged care facilities as well as looking after elderly and disabled in their homes. I also wrote articles for our local paper for a year or so. And finally, I can relate 100% to your posts about doing things differently from others, and getting hostile reactions! I'll be back

Gina E. said...

I'm back - sooner than I planned to be, lol! That should have been an exclamation mark, not a question mark after my first sentence in the previous post. It's late...
And I forgot to mention our postal arrangements here - they are the same as Laura Jane's in West Australia - Monday to Friday.
There was a rumour that Australia Post were thinking of stopping all mail deliveries, and getting people to collect their mail from drop off points. I think there must have been a huge protest, because I haven't heard any more about it.

Coralee said...

I love mail and as others have mentioned, do my fair share to support the USPS by sending cards, letters, notes, and postcards. I would vote for no Saturday before every other day but if no Saturday wasn't a big enough cut, every other day would be fine with me. Mail carriers will be hit the hardest either way, wonder what they suggest?