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Postal Decision Comes As No Surprise

February 12, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service’s decision to cut service on Saturdays comes as no surprise. Much has been written about the post office’s financial problems....

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Feb-14-13 7:38 AM

Like most businesses that have run into difficulty, you can trace the problems back to poor management and bad management decisions. The USPS still has not addressed the real issue and that is legacy pensions that include paid for health care benefits. In this day and age, this is totally ridiculous. GM finally addressed this problem when faced with closing the business. These contracts were ridiculous then and are ridiculous now. Until that gets addressed, closing on Saturdays will not solve the red that the USPS is bleeding.

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Feb-13-13 5:52 PM

would like to comment but I am off to the range... dad gum gubnent!

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Feb-13-13 3:17 PM

Cont.) I never would have guessed that p_rn would have been a censored word. The other had a bigger building but only one more clerk's window than the old Post Office, this for a city population that had grown 400%. I never could get a completely satisfactory answer but was able to find out that the person responsible for final decisions was a political appointee in each case and the boondoggles resulted in no terminations. And we haven't even touched on the Postal Union excesses that should have been reined in long ago.

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Feb-13-13 3:08 PM

Just one thing wrong with your scenario Emelye. It's the GOVERNMENT. There would be no accountability EVER. It would never approach FedEx or UPS. For example, the SEC continuously dropped the ball on Bernie Madoff even when they were spoon-fed tips. NO ONE got fired. This was going on at the same time an SEC lawyer being paid $250K a year was downloading enough **** off his workplace desktop that he had boxes and boxes full of discs in his office. Yup, you guessed correctly. He wasn't fired whereas in the private sector people get fired for just one instance looking at ****. I relocated often during my career and in two of the cities (about the size of J'town) new Post Offices were built. Both brand new buildings were obsolete/deficient the day they went into operation. One, the parking was so limited that they would only handle mail, if you wanted to pick-up packages you had to drive several miles to another building(they then had to lease) to get them.

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Feb-13-13 1:43 PM

RE: CharlesK There are "Post Offices", mostly found in rural "PoDunk Corner" areas, which deliver mail ONLY to the USPS boxes inside the building! No truck or mailman goes out & delivers to residences or businesses in the immediate surrounding area. You actually have circumstances wherein the little corner P.O. building is a zip code unto itself, while houses VERY close by, but electing to get their mail via RR delivery (mail truck)from the next burg over, are in an entirely differant zip code! Those little P.O.'s, while quaint community gathering places, each pays rent to the building owner, have their own postmasters and often a helper or two. Redunant?

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Feb-13-13 1:24 PM

I pretty much imagine that having to get Congress to agree to any changes in your business would be the kiss of death. I'm not sure I blame the USPS totally. I mean, I did just use the words "Congress" and "agree" in the same sentence together. Sign of the Apocalypse, anyone?

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Feb-13-13 12:22 PM

Funny how the corporate owned politicans' work toward killing the USPS, in the belief that it should be privatized, wasn't mentioned in this editorial. FedEx and UPS are paying their politicians big money to pass laws that hobble the USPS so they cannot properly compete.

I say, go ahead and privatize the USPS as a privately run corporation under the same rules that FedEx, UPS, etc. operate under, with all profits going to shareholders represented by the Social Security Administration. The SSA could use another funding stream, the USPS would throw off the yoke of unfair rules and the right wing can be happy it isn't a government run operation anymore. Win/win, no?

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Feb-13-13 12:05 PM

mrinbetween - yes, please sit down and tell us what happened! You seem to think you know. All I know is that when I was a kid - years ago - we used to get TWO MAIL DELIEVRIES A DAY. Now tell me what happened! <lol>

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Feb-13-13 11:28 AM

munch chomp slurp slobber slobber drool drool

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Feb-13-13 9:27 AM

"Like most governments, the U.S. Postal Service has been unable to adjust to economic conditions. Postal service officials signed employee agreements that are drowning it today." Yep, lets bash some more well paying jobs! Lets just put more families into poverty.

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Feb-13-13 8:38 AM

Tell me who wrote this unintelligent piece. I would like to sit down with them an explain what has happened in the postal system. People who know nothing about the post office pick up bits and pieces of misinformation and decide that it sounds pretty good so they write an editorial like this. Sad.

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Feb-13-13 7:52 AM

"Public sediment"?? I really don't think this is a typo, rather, an accurate depiction of today's America.

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Feb-13-13 7:47 AM

Yes it comes as no surprise, but I think it's too little, too late. People need to get used to the fact that the USPS as we know it is becoming more and more obsolete in the face of rising technology and competition. If it wants to survive at all, it will need to completely revamp it's business model and structure to provide a service people will actually want to use.

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Feb-13-13 6:35 AM

Public sediment squarly against closing small post offices?

Come on. Some of these post offices serve less than 100 people and are located out in nowhere. These same people have to drive into another town to get groceries and that town has a post office too. Get real.

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Feb-13-13 5:41 AM

In this case the apple {USPS} did not fall from an orange tree but the same tree that birthed the government. That tree would be called tax and spend until those that pay the bills realize that they are the Golden Goose, Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny for those government types. Our worst enemy lurks in the seat of all evil Washington,DC.

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