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March 22, 2014

“There’s No Need to End Saturday Mail Delivery” says Senator Bernie Sanders in the Wall Street Journal of March 5, 2014. He explains....

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Scott36

Mar-23-14 9:32 AM

These things mean there is less need for delivery days and less facilities needed. The world is changing and unfortunately the USPS is a victim of that change.-nobud74

Good points. However, as a general rule, mail cannot be "hacked". It cannot be shut down by a virus. JMO, but it is still in the best interests of the US, or any country to have a mail service, guess that's why it was included in the Constitution.-Scott

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nobud74

Mar-22-14 7:07 PM

Wring your hands all you want. The reality is that the USPS is losing business. I believe they do a great job and am very loyal to them for my postal/delivery needs. BUT, the move to digital mail, billing and payments has led to a decrease in volume. As this trend continues to expand, there will be even less volume and when advertisers realize that direct mail doesn't have the impact it used to, that will dwindle. These things mean there is less need for delivery days and less facilities needed. The world is changing and unfortunately the USPS is a victim of that change.

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Scott36

Mar-22-14 2:48 PM

Lastly, if Republicans imposed such horrible requirements on the USPS, why didn't Democrats change it when they held a supermajority in both houses?-eriklatranyi

This again?? Ever heard of a filibuster?? Obstructionism??? To suggest that in todays political climate that just because the house, or Senate, or both are held guarantees what you want, is not true. What other industry has to fund 75 yrs. of pension in just a 10 yr. time span?? IMO, this was a move to eliminate the postal Service. You do realize that a postal service is mentioned in the Constitution, do you not??-Scott

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Ritty77

Mar-22-14 1:58 PM

Let's remember that the legislation which required the ten-year USPS pension fund had broad bi-partisan support and was sponsored and pushed by Henry Waxman, among others.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-22-14 12:17 PM

Scott36:

No, I do not favor elimination of the USPS. It serves a function, but a smaller one than previously, so cuts are wise.

Also, unlike most union pension plans, the USPS pension plan will not need a future taxpayer bailout.

Lastly, if Republicans imposed such horrible requirements on the USPS, why didn't Democrats change it when they held a supermajority in both houses?

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CMReeder

Mar-22-14 12:15 PM

Which days?

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Garben78

Mar-22-14 11:35 AM

Agreed 2 days a week for mail delivery is plenty

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Scott36

Mar-22-14 11:31 AM

We do not need the sorting center and we do not need daily delivery of mail.-eriklatranyi

Do you think the postal service should be eliminated?-Scott

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MrShaman

Mar-22-14 9:59 AM

"The demise of the postal service will never happen." - CMReeder

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Agreed. With the infrastructure they've (already) got, in-place...quite-often UPS (and, I'm imagining, FedEx) already hands-off some deliveries to the USPS...rather-than driving their big-gas-guzzling-rigs, out (into the middle o' nowhere)...for one parcel.

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MrShaman

Mar-22-14 9:50 AM

"Not much is said about the precipitous decline in first class mail volume in the last decade with more predicted." - BillTriumph

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With all the (present) concern, about recent-issues (regarding national-security vs. electronic-communications)...I've been wondering if there might (actually) be a "resurrection" of non-business/hand-written letters, in the future. Who knows...there might (also) be a revival of the plain-brown-wrapper industry, for those "conservatives" who are so concerned about the NSA (discovering "conservatives"' predilection for downloading ****).

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CMReeder

Mar-22-14 9:25 AM

The demise of the postal service will never happen. How else is Congress going to get their campaign bulk mail to us? They are just going to ruin it for the rest of us.

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Zippie

Mar-22-14 9:25 AM

When Russia decides to fry your sorry assets, you'll be the first ones to cry because there was no mail service to deliver life saving medicine to save your sorry assets.

After 9/11 the USPS had in place a plan to deliver medicine in the event of bio war. Ditch the mail service and you'll kiss that safety net good-bye. ~~Just one thing to consider.

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BillTriumph

Mar-22-14 7:44 AM

Never ceases to amaze how the whole issue with the USPS financial problems has everything to do with what Congress supposedly did to impose outrageous demands on them, maybe in hopes of Union busting. Not much is said about the precipitous decline in first class mail volume in the last decade with more predicted. First class postage is the main source of revenue for USPS. Not much said about the high cost of labor as a percentage of revenue. It reminds me of a Democrat defense of $1 Bil. loss attributed to food service on Amtrak, which some are proposing should end - "why" he asks "do members of Congress want to take away these good paying (Amtrak food service) jobs?" Indeed.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-22-14 7:21 AM

We do not need the sorting center and we do not need daily delivery of mail.

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