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POLL: Must the U.S. Postal Service Cut Services?

Reductions could close about half of mail processing centers by next March.

The word over the weekend was that the U.S. Postal Service is about to announce major changes in the way it does business as bankruptcy looms, the Huffingon Post reported.

The USPS, which already announced that the price of first-class mail will go up to 45 cents on Jan. 22, is saying that it must close processing centers and cut employees drastically. Such moves could mean that a first-class letter won't have a chance of being delivered the next day.

"We have a business model that is failing. You can't continue to run red ink and not make changes," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in an interview with the Huffington Post. "We know our business, and we listen to our customers. Customers are looking for affordable and consistent mail service, and they do not want us to take tax money."

The USPS is a government agency, but it operates independently and doesn't receive tax money. Congress can step in on large operational matters, but bills to bail out the agency have little prospect of passing.

So what should the USPS do?

Jim G. December 06, 2011 at 01:23 PM
I don't buy the logic here, Jack. A vague assumption that a taxpayer bailout is going to happen is not the same thing as USPS being a tax-subsidized operation. Until, and if (and that's a big if) any sort of subsidy or bailout is seriously proposed, we're talking about an entity that is supposed to be, and so far has been self-funding.
Another Bob December 09, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Good news, Bob. There is no requirement to have a mailbox. Opt out of the system. Tear it down - unless you want to receive free mail service. The people sending out the mail pay for the service.
Bill Stanford December 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM
1) The vast majority of "real" mail I receive is junk mail. Why should taxpayers continue to subsidize the marketing activities of business? 2) Despite the allegations to the contrary, the federal government is not taking money from the USPS. It is forcing the USPS to actually fund its pension obligations in a responsible manner. 3) Service levels are always evaluated by businesses. Do we really "need" Saturday delivery? With FedEx and/or e-mail available for time critical deliveries, saving money by allowing delivery times to creep up is a good decision.
Robert Hepler December 21, 2011 at 06:42 PM
I would take my chances with an encrypted website more readily than leaving a bill in my mailbox or incoming mail left in it for any passer-by to grab. I have had $8,900 fraudulently charged to my credit card before the internet existed. The investigation showed that a renewal card had been taken from my mailbox. Since then, I have always paid extra for a vendor to send their credit card to me via FEDEX. I have never had an issue with an online payment.
Andrew Ziemba December 21, 2011 at 09:52 PM
THE USPS - GREAT for shippers, HORRIBLE for everyone else!

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