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The Mail Game

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I note that we have on the table a proposal to reduce mail delivery. I had hoped when I voted for Mr. Obama things like this would change. Before cutting service to all of us and maybe affecting rural America disproportionately, could we not change past patterns and ask business to ante up? Why are there still two daily deliveries in some of our major cities? Why are we all subsidizing the “junk” mail industry? Why doesn’t anybody using the mails have to pay the same rate? “Junk” mail is to real mail at my house as at least 5 to 1. How about some real change! We may still have to cut back but it would be with the knowledge that we are all in it together.

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viewfromahill 5 years, 4 months ago

Why ask why?

(Hey, I'm still trying to figure out those femail games.)

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RoeDapple 5 years, 4 months ago

Friends who work for the USPS tell me If junk mail were stopped post office would shut down. Junk mail is presorted so less handling by postal workers/less cost to deliver. I would be quite happy with 3 deliveries per week and "opt out" on junk mail deliveries.

Anybody else getting tired of recorded music / urgent message telemarketing calls that don't give you the opportunity to scream," Take me off your blankety blank calling list ! ! !"?

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Linda Hanney 5 years, 4 months ago

I do not think six day mail delivery will change, George. Customers, especially rural, and businesses depend on it. Bulk business mail or “junk mail” is an effective advertising method. I do believe mailers are using less paper by becoming more creative in size and color. Just as with newspapers and television, this direct advertising certainly helps finance the postal service and keeps first class postage lower.

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George Lippencott 5 years, 4 months ago

I hope you are correct that "junk" mail keeps things less costly. The data I have seen says otherwise. First class sunsidizes the rest. If there were no "junk" mail we would see a much leaner postal system that would either compete with private companies or go out of business. Yes, there would be job losses. How much can we all afford to do things to create jobs we may not need? Does this not suggest that the current should triumph over the future?

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Linda Hanney 5 years, 4 months ago

The postal service has a mandate to visit each address in the United States. A "leaner system" would probably first cut delivery to rural customers. Our competition already leaves parcels at post offices for rural carriers to deliver rather than drive the miles necessary to reach the less lucrative customers. There are certainly ways the USPS could save money, but, in my opinion, curtailing delivery or dictating what mail may or may not be delivered is not one of them.

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