WASHINGTON - Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week. If the change happens, that doesn’t necessarily mean an end to Saturday mail delivery. Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of skipping some other day when mail flow is light, such as Tuesday.
Personally, I say do it. Cutting back on mail means less fuel consumed and (hopefully) less paper. And fewer flyers for oil changes and tree care. Woo!
Yeah, I’d be all for this. It’s rare that something good comes in the mail anyway. :) It’s generally bills or ads. NetFlix being the rare exception but if they would just get all of their movies to stream…
The USPS used to be 7 days a week before we got all Jesus freaked after WWII. As for junk mail, as I understand it that’s the only thing that keeps the USPS even close to solvent, the postage doesn’t cover real mail.
Seems kind of short-sighted. A postal infrastructure is expensive, but some of the costs are fixed and don’t vary based on how many days you deliver the mail. The way to make mail delivery economical is to try and get as many people as possible to use the service so you can recoup the fixed costs. Making mail delivery less frequent makes the service less desirable, and thus reduces usage.
But some aren’t. This would be a huge cut in fuel and pay costs. And no more mail on Saturdays? Big deal, from my perspective. I can understand why others might be upset, but something has to give, evidently. Would you rather have a huge stamp price increase? That would lead to the same less demand issue, if not more.