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Postal Service Looks to End at-Your-Door Mail

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The U.S. Postal Service is pushing new developments to use cluster boxes instead of home delivery

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Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 3:59 pm
Thank you for the news. We had this in Houston, Texas and managed. However, a number of mailmen and women will be laid off if this happens.

Christeen Anderson (371)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 4:25 pm
I look forward to the mail person everyday. I hope this doesn't change.

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 7:00 pm
This is terrible news to me. I'm way to disabled to walk to a box in my complex let alone go down a street.
I had to get a Dr's notice to have my own mailbox installed at more dorr because i was only able to get my mail once a month at my box and they refused to deliver it when too full.

I live in NY state and law was passed starting something like August 1st, next month,no Saturday delivery anymore. You could drop it off at a post office ,outgoing mail and it would head out but nothing incoming. This is seriously bad if it goes through. I don't live in Buffalo but in Upstate NY,. Close to Buffalo NY.

Forget about just me. What about disabled people . I personally have no one that could help me and i'm sure others do not also. This is competition due to the internet mainly. They should try cutting Saturday before they even do this.

I didn't hear about this so i am very grateful to Cal who posted this, TY!!!!

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 10:50 pm
My mother lives in a large complex that has the cluster boxes. Since she's in a wheelchair, she has no way to get down to where these boxes are. She's been lucky in that her regular mailman brings her mail to her door. However, the sub complains about it every time he delivers to her. Guess you can't please everyone.
I've noticed that my mailperson no longer delivers my pkgs to my 3rd floor door, which can be inconvenient. Wonder what happens to new aprtment bldgs - technically their boxes are in clusters.

Candy L (473)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 3:27 am
If you're moving to a newly built house, say goodbye to mail delivery at your door.
And if some House Republicans get their way, all door-to-door mail delivery will go away. GOP has been working on this forever!

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 3:40 am
Noted, thanks.

Lisa W (143)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 4:04 am
I don't like this at all!!! Noted, ty Cal!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 4:11 am

Jessica C (178)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:55 am
I already have to have packages delivered to work because I can't trust my neighbors as far as I can throw them, and I switched to online banking and online bill pay after an incompetent postal carrier put my bills and bank statements in a neighbor's mailbox. This is yet another GOP scheme to kill the few public services we have left. They figure that more people will find alternatives, causing the Post Office to truly go out of business, if this crap-for-brains idea passes.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 7:40 am
They obviously dont give a thought to the old ill disable or infirm Its all about saving money

. (0)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 9:24 am
In addition to the ill, disabled, these terrible winters would make getting your mail a nightmare. Who would be responsible for shoveling the area just to get the mail?
My mother, who can't drive much, has built up a relationship with her mailman. He sells he stamps as he knows she cannot go to the post office, or grocery store (which also sells stamps).
How about looking into the federal benefits these people make, the double time sorters can earn.

Diana Bair (7)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 12:36 pm

Claudia O (73)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 12:42 pm
Some elder citizens and those who are unable to be out and about rely upon their postal employees as their outside contacts. I understand that this is not the ideal situation, but it is yet another social service that is being taken from the most vulnerable of our communities.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 12:44 pm
This would be bad for anyone handicapped, like PrimaAWAY, & older people, I hope it doesn't happen!

Karen B (8)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:02 pm
I am disabled and have no car, am I to ride the bus to retrieve my mail.?.!!!! Shared.!!!

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:09 pm
When we have these basic services that actually work the GOP wants to come along and mess with things and gut everything.

Shan D (49)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:19 pm
We have this problem in Canada, too. New neighborhoods don't have door-to-door delivery. In my apartment building - that has an ELEVATOR - the mail carriers whined about bringing oversize envelopes and packages to my door (I'm physically disabled). After several complaints to Canada Post and a spectacular shouting match with one carrier who threatened me at my own door, trying to intimidate me, things are straightened out. At least with the regulars, that is. The subs and new ones still need to be educated about how to deal with disabled customers.

Silly me - I have the audacity to actually expect people to do their jobs. It's not my job to fetch my own mail, except for the stuff in my regular mailbox downstairs. The lesson is to stand up for yourselves. If you're entitled to door-to-door delivery, insist on it. I don't give a crap about what the carrier "prefers" - if they prefer not to deliver stuff, they should get a different job.

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:34 pm
What the USPS needs is to get rid of the crushing requirement, passed by Republicans, to pre-fund pensions for people who are not even born yet. If Boehner is so hot to repeal things, why doesn't he repeal that?

Mary Alexander (23)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:44 pm
If Congress had kept their hands off the Postal Service they would not have been in this miss in the first place. They do us a great service and it is verysad that they are having to do deal with this problem. They need to be able to set their own prices and run their own business. Congress needs to get out of the postal service way.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 1:55 pm
Very sad.

Larry Lawton (2)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:08 pm
The people who post comments saying they don't need regular mail delivery because they use the Internet are being selfish and self-centered. They either don't know or don't care that many people do depend on snail mail for delivery of checks and supplies (medicine and diabetic supplies, for example). That two day delay caused by cancelling Saturday service could cost lives. Some people are disabled or elderly and can't walk even to the road, let alone to a location one or two blocks distant. There is a security issue. Thieves are more likely to steal mail from remote boxes. And there is the social function that mail delivery persons are often the first to notice if elderly (or any) people are in trouble and need help. Yes maybe society should not neglect so many people, but this is the reality.

I certainly agree about charging full rates to junk mailers. Though I am not sure that would solve the problem. We would get less junk mail, which would save trees, and that is a good thing! But it would not save the post office. We need instead to get away from the republican / Libertarian mythology that public services are bad or unnecessary. Some services are good for society and should be paid for collectively.


Marc P (50)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:41 pm
The current postal crisis is manufactured solely by Republicans who passed a law mandating that the postal service fund retirement benefits for employees 75 years in advance! There was heavy lobbying for this by private companies that wish to take over mail delivery and charge the public MUCH higher rates for doing so. The Government would LOVE to get rid of the postal service also. The Government's hope is that everyone will start using electronic messaging which can easily be spied upon and monitored. (For your 'safety'...)

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 2:53 pm
The old, disabled, and lonely will feel this change greatly--so might law enforcement agencies--it got lost in the "Cluster Box".

Deborah W (6)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 4:26 pm
FedEx and UPS are both more dependable ... but higher in cost (which will trickle down to the sender and/or receiver/ Screwed any way you look at it, another "new norm", "that's just the way it is? ... why?

Evelyn M (38)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:54 pm
I hate to see this ever happen. It would mean a lot of jobs lost. I'd rather they raise the cost of a stamp. I can't complain when someone is willing to take a letter from me and carry it, by what ever means, all the way to my brother in Anchorage for a mere $0.46! That's 3,800 miles...that's a long way for just one stamp. I appreciate our USPS. With him so far from family, a real letter is so much better than an email. It brings him that tiny speck of family to his door. And, who doesn't like to get a letter from a loved one?

Kitty Cather (6)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:07 pm

Sharon H (282)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 6:24 pm
I wonder how much clout Netflix has. About 50% of their business depends on the Post Office. How will they get our movie DVD's to us without it? Plus, I really like my mail carrier. She is so sweet and never minds bringing large packages to the front door. I don't want to see her lose her job. Why is it Republicans will try to move heaven and hell to stop abortions but won't give on tinker's damn about thousands losing their jobs. What is that kid supposed to do for a job after it's born and grown?

Tom Edgar (56)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 7:27 pm
Eighteen months ago I stayed in a small north west town in Texas 6,000 population. Now this is the same size town where I live in S E Queensland. Australia. Our local Mail Office in the nearby town of Stanthorpe is in a refurbished building a hundred years old. At virtually any time of the day from nine until five, there is a line up to the three counters. The place is also stacked with sales items from envelopes and packaging to computer inks , books, and all manner of merchandise plus a passport application and photographic service. All this is a Federal Government service with pleasant smiling staff. The Texas mail office had the same smiling staff ONE person. The bare room in a modern new building had no evidence of service other than purely the mail and each time I visited I was the only customer. Well the town itself was similar Most days it was hard to find a car parked in the Texas town whilst in Stanthorpe the problem was often finding a parking spot. With ten eateries doing a robust trade. You actually have to go to the outer edge of town find a McDonalds/K F C style eating house.Even on a Sunday when the major Supermarket (Both in the town area) is closed there are more cars in the main drag than at any time of the week in the Texan equivalent.. Having your Supermarkets situated way out of town kills the town centres. So we still have daily mail delivery, whilst your mail offices are stuck in a medieval mentality of "We handle only mail." in a town with no customers.

Candy L (473)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:09 pm
I forgot to add, that the GOP wants us to pay to get our mail. They screw everything they touch Voting Rights, Abortion Rights, They deregulated so much, & are still trying to destroy Social Security, & Medicare. They want Government out our business, but don't mind snooping in our bedroom & up our Uterus Had to vent!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:33 pm
We wonder if they don't want the UPS and Fed Ex to step in by doing this!!! Figures!!
Thank You

Donna G (42)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 8:39 pm
Where I live, this has been the norm since I've been living in this city, having moved here in 1989. There's very few neighborhoods which still get mail delivery from a letter carrier who walks a route. My opinion is that, the motor routes were supposed to save money. I really don't think that happened since, the postal service has to supply fuel to the mail trucks. Gasoline is pushing $4/gal and diesel is even higher. Not a fair trade off. We haven't had to the door mail service in ages.

Veronica C (22)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 10:12 pm
One of the consequences of doing everything online.

. (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:27 am
That would be terrible! I love getting my mail from them.

Lloyd H (46)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:46 am
Well to Repugs USPS is a double evil. It is a government program, required by the US Constitution, that not only works but people like it. It has a large and politically active Union. So it has to go, not go away just go private. And I know it will shock you but Issa is the single largest recipient of donations from FedEx and UPS, both of which would love to own or eliminate the USPS. The other thing aside from the 2006 Repug law that forces USPS to over pay the Government by $8 Billion dollars per year is that Congress also controls just exactly what options USPS has for saving and making money and so far the Repug House simply refused to allow them to even try to save themselves.

Elisabeth T (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 7:53 am
I sure hope this doesn't happen....USPS has been around so long and is so efficient with the large volume of mail it receives each day. In what other country can you send a card/letter from coast to coast for less than 50 cents?Plus it usually gets there in two to three days!

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 4:46 pm
Where I currently live, it's required to have a mailbox or you don't get your mail. "But unions say it's a bad idea to end delivery to doorsteps and will be disruptive for the elderly and disabled." Very good point-how would many get their mail then if they don't have help to get it picked up?

Winnie A (179)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:13 pm
I hope this doesn't happen.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:25 pm
Rep. Darrell Issa strikes again. The republicans just hate the elderly and the infirmed who this would be the hardest on. They always go after the people who are least able to fight for themselves. Noted and shared.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 8:42 pm
Just one more public service the Republicans are trying to do away with. They just love privatizing everything in order to create more money-making opportunities for their corporate masters.

Source: Crooks and Liars

"And, again, for those who don't recognize why this is so important, the Postal Service is a vital cog in the American economy and is constitutionally mandated. It particularly benefits the poor:

But as Marcy Wheeler explains, there are still tons of people who need the USPS's services: poorer people, people using a post office box, rural people who live outside delivery areas, eBay-type entrepreneurs, immigrants sending care packages to people from their country of origin and nonprofits.

"It's part of the class war and it's against the poor and it's a class war against working people," says Zlatkin. Of the 34 post offices the USPS is considering closing in New York City, 17 are in the Bronx. The South Bronx district ranks as the poorest Congressional district in America."

Let's hope multi-millionaire Darrell Issa is voted out of office when he runs for another term. Not to worry: he's a very resourceful man. Visit Wikipedia to learn about his past as a car thief and charges of arson and insurance fraud...
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