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  •  Was your "decade" of USPS service (1+ / 0-)
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    2003-2013?  Because the volume of mail the USPS is handling is plummeting, and even within what is left the proportion of junk mail is rising.   Package delivery is increasing a bit so it was good to see them keep that service for Saturday.

    I realize this isn't the silver bullet, but its a rational step.  We mail less as a nation.  We rely on the post office less (no one is saying not at all) as a nation.  It should scale back.

    I wish I didn't receive 70% of the mail I get at home.  And no, not because they are bills! Its just crap.  Dead-tree, chemically-glossed unwanted unasked sales-pitchy CRAP.  I don't want your catalogs, flyers, pre-approved credit cards, loan offers, and all the other miscellany bullshit.  I subscribed to the DO NOT CALL list on the very first day it was made public; I would do the same if they offered a DO NOT MAIL list.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:50:08 AM PST

    •  Letters down, parcels up... (0+ / 0-)

      While volume of letters is down, periodicals are holding there own. The bulky stuff that fills up the truck, parcels, is growing in volume. So you need just as much space in the trucks, stations, etc. as ever. However, while the revenue per "foot" of mail (a stack of letters a foot tall) might be several hundred bucks, the revenue from a parcel the same size might be only ten or twenty bucks. So the Postal Service can't downsize stations and trucks, while the revenue is dropping.

      •  But parcel delivery will continue on Sat (1+ / 0-)
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        That is probably more realistic as the future of the USPS.  Email is a powerful demand killer for transmitting text of sheets of paper, but we will always have the need to move physical objects from Point A to Point B.  In fact, as e-commerce continues to rise it will only increase.

        And I would much rather see the USPS positioning itself to take a large piece of THAT pie than see it all go to UPS or FedEx.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:57:14 AM PST

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    •  Also parcel delivery still has mailmen working (2+ / 0-)
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      routes ... and trucks getting started.  So there is very little actual savings in the big ticket areas.  

      The pension obligation is basically the ENTIRE problem - and if that got fixed, the rest of it would get fixed fairly easily.  And even if that didn't close the gap, it's nothing that a very very modest tax at worst couldn't fix.

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