Do You Care If Saturday Service Stops?
Given how many people these days joke about “snail mail”, there has been a surprising amount of outrage over the proposed stoppage of Saturday mail delivery! The U.S. Postal service wants to make the move in an effort to stem its massive losses – almost $16 Billion in the most recent fiscal year alone…
Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman
The postal service’s plan is to stop “mail” delivery in August – which includes letters, catalogs, and, yes – Netflix envelopes! But packages will still be delivered on Saturdays, and post offices now open on saturdays will still be open.
As we all know, the advent of the online world has meant way fewer letters being sent – but also a huge increase in packages being shipped from all that online shopping, hence the decision to keep Saturday package delivery intact.
Postal Worker Pensions
What many people don’t realize, however, that it is actually not the internet which is to blame for the USPS’s pressing financial woes. You might be surprised to learn that the reason behind the huge shortfall is actually related to a congressional act passed in 2006 – which basically required the USPS to fund 75 years of future pension benefits within a decade! Without this burden, by some estimates the post office would actually have a surplus of $1.5 billion.
Stamp Of Approval?
Another thing that’s news to most people? The daily operations of the USPS are not supported by tax dollars! Even so, many citizens seem to feel it is a patriotic right to receive mail delivery 6 days a week. Are we the only ones who receive very little other than junk mail in our postal deliveries? I honestly can’t recall the last time I received anything of importance – outside of packages – in the mail…
Delivering the Facts
Cutting out Saturday delivery will save the post office about $2 billion per year . So – what do you think – is this measure too much? Or not going far enough? In today’s online world, how relevant do you feel even 5 day per week postal delivery is? Would you feel differently about the new rule if packages were affected? Tell us what you think!| Print