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  •  Pre-zip code (16+ / 0-)

    Before the 5-digit zip code, there were postal codes but they weren't as useful (or machine-readable). As I remember, it was something like "Lexington 73, Mass." (using the old-style state abbreviations) and became "Lexington MA 02173." So it wasn't a huge change in concept.

    The wingnuts do not object to zip codes. They object to the whole US Postal Service as envisioned by Ben Franklin, which is (obviously, to them) an unnecessary government service and should be replaced by a vacuum into which private delivery services will rush, at least to serve the 10% of the population who matter: businesses and rich city-dwellers. The rest? Meh.

    •  What these people want is for the (14+ / 0-)

      Postal Service to be reduced to nothing more than a "last mile" delivery service.  Private delivery services do not currently extend into rural areas (or even some suburban areas) if the cost or time involved in making deliveries is not advantageous to them.  Much of the time private delivery services hand off their packages bound for areas inconvenient and expensive for them to service but the postal service is bound by law to serve.

      I still think the postal service should host postal banking.  Doing so would strengthen the USPS bottom line and make banking available and convenient for the millions of Americans who do not have or can not afford access to private banks.  From an Alternet.org report on the idea and discussions held at the July, 2012 national convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers:

      Public postal banks can be profitable because their market is large and their costs are low: the infrastructure is already built and available, advertising costs are minimal, and government-owned banks do not award their management extravagant bonuses or commissions that drain profits away.  Profits return to the government and the people.  

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 06:36:04 AM PDT

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