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Half of U.S. Mail Facilities No Longer Needed, Study Says


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Cal
- 899 days ago - news.yahoo.com
A new study on the United States Postal Service shows the mail network is having a hard time keeping up with slimming down as more people turn to texting and email.



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patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday April 13, 2012, 11:38 pm
This is the trend here also - posties losing their jobs - sad but it is the reality today - technology replacing people. Thanks Cal.
 

Suzy F. (94)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 12:21 am
The 5 day delivery change is on hold indefinitely, I think. Also, the Postal Service is recruiting ads by mail for more junk in your mailbox because they make money and the advertisers get it cheap. Let's not forget that there are lots of US areas that neither have internet nor speedy delivery of any kind. They are not going out of business any time soon. Plus, there's lots of mail from around the globe arriving daily which still has to be delivered. JMHO.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 2:37 am
how world changes
 

Frank S. (456)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:03 am
I like the U.S. Mail system, so romantic and nostalgic. I wonder how many of us fondly remember waiting upon a piece of mail from a loved one far away.
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 6:27 am
Sad, isn't it?
 

Elle B. (82)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 7:42 am
This is a BOGUS report. Conveniently leaving out the fact that the USPS would be just fine without the intentional 2006 legislation slipped by the American people by the SICK SICK SICK FACADE called a GOP(w/other political/economic co-dependents) forcing the Post Office to pay retiree benefits 75 years in advance within a 10 year period. Plus a 5 billion dollar overpayment that they won't return. NO OTHER company, agency nor organization is required to do this. This is a BIG CHECK OFF ITEM on the John Birch Society/Libertarian invisible ink agenda all you "sheeple" just slap on your smiley face stickers and accept. WE THE PEOPLE OWN THE POST OFFICE that is why they [Robber Baron's and Captains of Industry, et al] want it so bad. It is completely self-sufficient NOT ROMANTIC NOR NOSTALGIC what a complete and total snow job. You have incredibly purchased your own lifelong indentured servitude in the CORPORATE KINGDOM. WAKE UP FOR GOD and EVERYTHINGS SAKE. The FAKE FREE MARKET CAPITALISTS [ie Anarcho Austrian School boys 'n girls NOT Adam Smith's Free Market Economic Philosophy AT ALL please do some homework] want the Post Office's LAND and the BONUS PERKS of knocking out government employees and unions at the same time. The game plan is STARVE THE BEAST and the their BEAST is YOU. The manifest is sell off ALL OUR PUBLIC LANDS for the past 4+ decades as i type, DISENFRANCHISE the elderly (who remember what they are up to), ethnic minorities (who know their enslavement oh so well), and young people who smell a STINKING RAT.)

LAND {ie. REAL PROPERTY, UNIONS and VOTING RIGHTS are ALL WE HAVE LEFT that keeps us a union trying to be a fully participatory representative democracy. Cut up the POST OFFICE and THE DEMOCRACY IS TOAST.

Better brew a monumental vessel of wake-up be cause most of you are RIP VAN WINKLES and don't have even a clue. You are living in a marketed daze helping tear down all that keeps you truly free while gleefully working each day to build all that will imprison you and your descendants for life. It is our heritage and for millions across the nation it is the focal point of their community. SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ELDERS who did not teach you the true history, heritage and culture of this nation that MILLIONS have fought and died for. You've bought the MAGICAL MARKETEERS' ridiculous PIPE DREAM.

AUSTRIAN SCHOOL ECONMOMICS and JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY/LIBERTARIAN PIPE DREAMS ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH A PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY. . .PERIOD. Overindulgence in 24/7 convenient comforts are the opiates clouding your minds.

http://www.saveamericaspostalservice.org/
 

Elle B. (82)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 8:01 am
PS. Thank-you Cal for such an excellent job on posting important news each and every day even though i know much of it sickens your insides as it does mine. It's an honor to read it with the choir.

NOTE: ABC and most media should be ashamed. . .they abandoned genuine journalism quite a while ago. . .in favor of media lord career posts and perks in the Corporate Aristocracy. [the juicier morsels off the monarchs' tables] MASSES ELECTING STUPIDITY OVER WISDOM IS ALL THIS AMOUNTS TO.

Too bad not very many persons want to follow and listen to the smart and wise people. . .


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SAVE THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE, ALL THE PUBLIC LANDS, AND THE VOTING FRANCHISE . . .PLEASE. That means getting off the devices[they should be used for info/communication only] and out into REAL LIFE ON EARTH
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:32 am
thanks
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 10:00 am
I know today, it's considered "snail mail" when you put a stamp on an envelope. I will always pay my bills through the mail -I simply don't like having my accounts on the internet.
It's also sad to see the art of letter writing quickly disappearing. Children are not taught how to compose a letter (for the most part) anymore. In NJ, the state requires essay writing on their state tests. Letter writing is an ideal way for children to compose their thoughts, and apply it this skill to composition writing.
Some of the finest school systems have "essay clinics" where teachers help students write a personal narrative about themselves as part of their college application. We're in trouble.
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 12:25 pm
It is so convenient to pay bills online, write E.Mail letters, but I still cannot do without the postal service.
These days, people assume that everyone has a computer. Not so and I feel sorry for those people because most companies do not present an option.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 12:39 pm
I agree with Dotti - I can't do without the Post Office here in downstate Illinois, & Elle - "This is a BOGUS report. Conveniently leaving out the fact that the USPS would be just fine without the intentional 2006 legislation slipped by the American people by the SICK SICK SICK FACADE called a GOP(w/other political/economic co-dependents) forcing the Post Office to pay retiree benefits 75 years in advance within a 10 year period."
Quite a lot of the Post Offices have Already become privatized out west & it will Only lead to higher rates & porrer service!:( My friend from Wassilla, Alaska says That Post Office is open 24 hors a day, 7 days a week! Yet here in Kinmundy the inside office is reducing hours even more - 8-noon & 1-4pm, 5 days per week. Anyone who can't get to the P.O. during office hours has to go to Salem on Saturday...:(
 

Marilyn M. (143)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 12:55 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting, Cal.
 

Norm C. (74)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 3:05 pm
I think that the basic premise of this article is off base and is an attempt to justify the 2006 bill passed in the lame duck Congress to kill the union of post office employees.

That bill required the post office to fund forward the anticipate health care costs of postal workers for the next 75 years. It gave them 10 years in which to do it. Yes. The post office has to fund all anticipate health care expenses for future employees that have not even been born yet!

First off, some facts: Not one red cent of taxpayer money goes to the post office. It's entire revenue stream comes from selling stamps and similar services. Period.

Next, were it not for that naked attempt to destroy the postal union by forced layoffs and office closings, the post office would have made a profit last year of $1.5 Billion. That hardly sounds like something struggling to adapt to the wireless age.

Just remember when your rural post office closes, who is responsible. It was the Republicans in Congress and the White House, the ones who dreamt up this ridiculous attack that will fall on your shoulders.
 

John S. (304)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 4:40 pm
I can't remember the last time I mailed something.
 

Joy McR (131)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 4:50 pm
I mail a letter or package every week, we need the post office, not all have computers to send email, also so many do not pay bills online, like myself, i never pay online and never will....
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 5:21 pm
Thanks Cal.

For comparison purposes: Australia reduced postal services from 2 a day to 1 a day in1968; Saturday deliveries ceased in 1974; while letters/cards etc have reduced in volume, parcels have boomed recently because of online shopping.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (633)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 5:55 pm
sadly noted, I like the USPS.
 

Ray M. (0)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 7:38 pm
Don't believe it. Repugs just want to privatize the postal service and everything else involving union workers.
 

Samuel Kellett (0)
Saturday April 14, 2012, 9:54 pm
I NEED the Postal service. I mail items all the time. This story is BOGUS GOP BULL! I agree with Elli B :) It's a sad state the GOP has placed us in! Wake up People, Our Government is turning against us!
 

Penelope P. (222)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 2:25 am
Rubbish-yet another privatisation grab-If private companies get the monopoly God knows what they will charge

And what a lovely revenue stream from amortization of the buildings and equipment-The government must love this one!
 

Max P. (6)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 5:02 am
"This story is BOGUS GOP BULL! "
You're right Samuel! The internet and those funny things called computers are just a fad. Soon we'll see the error of our ways and go back to click clacking typewriters, gallons of White-Out, licking stamps, driving around looking for a blue metal box, and waiting in line at a Post Office that has one window open while the other 10 people employees are sitting around on their union-protected break.
Man I miss the good ole days!
 

John Gregoire (255)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 5:13 am
Bad management , over spending and outrageous people costs caused the PO its problems. Slimming down is a good solution. Another would be to charge high rates for junk mail and lower first class rates. mail has become the vehicle for trash.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 5:14 am
Who funded the study? The GOP has been out to eliminate and privatize the post office for years. You know their usual Pay More, Get Less privatization agenda. All we have to do is modernize the post office.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 7:35 am
What this study does not mention is that most of the redundant facilities are those that serve rural areas where the USPS is the life line and life blood. The rural areas are those where perscription drugs for everything from cancer treatment to heart patients to expectant mothers are only readily available via USPS, the corner pharmacy, clinic and hospital are aften hours of driving away. The rural areas are also the areas under served, when served at all, by internet. Grandma can not email a box of cookies, send a 5 dollar bill in and card, mail out hand made mittens or scarves or baby blankets.
Elle B. is damn right the only finacial problem the USPS has is the Repug mandated $6.5 BILLION over payment to the Federal Governmant and absolutely nothing else.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 7:42 am
Thanks.
 

Phil P. (92)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 12:40 pm
If one investigates, one will soon discover that all the post offices and processing facilities, including the ones now labeled as excess, were requested by a local Congressman or woman and approved in one or another Congressional authorization and budget as part of some need and/or "pork" payback.

Just one of the many ways Congress, through its incompetence has saddled the postal service with mounting debt.
 

Angela N. (0)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 12:43 pm
thanks :)
 

Janet G. (2)
Sunday April 15, 2012, 3:17 pm
I will always blame the government for holding back the USPS, and preventing them from making necessary changes in a timely manner in order to stabilize and salvage what's left. The Congressional Bureaucracy is a joke. And the government should have turned loose of it a long time ago, and allowed it to be a privately owned business like UPS and FedEx. They are both highly successful, because the government doesn't stand in their way of making updates to keep up with the current times.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Monday April 16, 2012, 3:18 am
Thanks.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday April 16, 2012, 7:28 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 12:52 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Kristen Mentasti (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 11:31 pm
This will continue to be a "problem" as technology becomes more powerful. This is only the beginning my friends; and I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing.
 
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