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View Diary: Cuts to Saturday mail delivery may not be legal, but what's a broken Congress going to do about it? (97 comments)

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  •  First they came for Saturday (11+ / 0-)

    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a weekend day.

    Then they came for Monday,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't an unpopular day.

    Then they came for Wednesday,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't hump day.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to deliver for me.

    •   Ok, I'm a Letter Carrier... (6+ / 0-)

      ...and I keep thinking about what the banks, credit card companies, anyone using revolving credit, etc are going to do about the loss of a "business day"?

      As it is, you can get your bill on a Saturday, giving you an extra day to send it back. Banks and other corporations consider Saturday as a "business" day.

      Are they going to revamp their systems? The computer code must be re-written to take this change into account, correct? That would cost them millions.

      Besides, there are MILLIONS of people who consider the U.S. Mail their world. Older people still send letters. They get magazines. They don't want or need electronic communication past the telephone.

      Change has to happen, yes. It could start by 4/5ths of all management quitting as they are useless dreck and let the rest of us get back to work. In fact, and I'm pretty sure of this; They could fall off the face of the planet and it would not make even a BLIP in the mailstream.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:13:38 PM PST

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      •  the bidness of america is bidness (0+ / 0-)

        So the question is do we continue saturday mail delivery so that businesses can get checks and old people can continue to mail things, or should we adjust the size and scope of the service so that it can continue to provide at least some service to those who need it.

        My understanding is that saturday delivery is not going to be cancelled, only limited.  In terms of competing with other services, the USPS has good prices on packages that will be delivered on saturday.  It will just now cost $5 instead of a cheap first class stamp.

        One thing to consider is that old people and businesses tend to be the people who vote conservative and want the post office to close. As has been mentioned, conservatives could adjust the pension plan and solve the problem, yet they don't.  Votes and ideology does have consequences.

        •  Respectfully, I have never heard the charge (0+ / 0-)

          that "old people" want the post office to close.

          Indeed, I would imagine that it is just this group of people (older or senior Americans) who have the least access to internet bill paying, etc., and who most heavily depend upon Postal Service mail pickup and delivery.

          Please see my comment below, regarding the President's own recommendation that the Postal Service discontinue Saturday delivery.  (Or go to five days--same difference.)

          Mollie

          "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

          "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

          by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:18:13 PM PST

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          •  Didn't ANYONE read my comment above? (1+ / 0-)
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            Besides, there are MILLIONS of people who consider the U.S. Mail their world. Older people still send letters. They get magazines. They don't want or need electronic communication past the telephone.

            "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

            by CanisMaximus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 07:49:25 PM PST

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            •  Hey, CanisMaximus, for clarification, I was (1+ / 0-)
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              addressing lowt's comment, certainly not yours.

              I agree with you.  :-)

              Mollie

              "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

              "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

              by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:25:04 PM PST

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