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2012-04-16 02:38:55 PM

Slives: Getting rid of Saturday mail is no big deal to most people, but like the article indicated, it is not a big difference maker.

Personally I think a good option to discuss would be to change residential mail to 3 or 4 days a week. Businesses could continue to get mail service 5-6 days a week and the post offices are open for use on the business schedule. But I am sure the post office could save some nice change by not having to drive their mail trucks to every house 6 days a week. If you changed residential delivery to 3 days a week, say M-W-F for half the area served by a location and T-Th-S for the other half, and you could reduce the staff and number of trucks driving by a decent amount.


One problem with that idea is that many people run businesses or work from their residences.
 
2012-04-16 02:39:17 PM

Whatthefark: Keep a couple of planes for deliveries to Guam and other US territories, but get rid of other international deliveries.


I'm pretty sure that a lot of the international delivery stuff is mandated by postal treaties and you might want to look up the standing that treaties have as law in the Constitution.
 
2012-04-16 02:40:51 PM
The idea that the USPS is a "private" corporation is one of the biggest scams ever perpetuated by the government. The USPS is still a government agency - an independent organization within the Executive Branch. Its employees are paid from the general fund, just as are all other federal employees. However, they have had their budget cut over and over because they are supposed to be a for-profit agency and compete in a free market; the idea was that the USPS would eventually be fully self-supporting, with no taxpayer funding. What a joke. It is impossible for the USPS to employ 575K people, operate 220K vehicles and 30K post offices, and deliver some 175B pieces of mail to 150M addresses each year and make a freaking profit. No postal service anywhere has ever done this.

Some people - mostly free market Republicans - say that we should completely privatize service and do away with the USPS all together. But we can't do this. We have postal service treaties with almost every nation on the planet. We have to deliver their mail and they must deliver ours.
 
2012-04-16 02:42:10 PM

relcec: Cheesus: relcec: Gabrielmot: Helios1182: beral urban elites; while it is going to cost $10 to a get letter once a week in the middle of nowhere conservative land.

that's the cost of being stupid I guess...

why aren't we passing on the costs associated with not living within 100 miles of nowhere? liberals are stupid.

Because you can pass the cost around to everyone so that rather than 1 person paying $10 more, everyone pays a very tiny fraction of a cent.

but if I called it a carbon fee you'd suddenly be ok with it.


With passing the cost around to everyone? Yes I would. Not sure what you're getting at here.
 
2012-04-16 02:42:54 PM

soup: Why do government programs/agencies have to make a profit to be immune from being dismantled? Same goes for high speed rail programs when people complain that they would never make enough money to cover the costs of construction. I mean shouldn't our taxes go towards making life a little better for the people who pay those taxes, regardless of "profitability?"

I guess not, huh. Let's just order another three aircraft carriers and a few thousand next-gen fighter planes.


Or we could cut back on defense AND not fund other money-losing giveaways to the politically connected, let the government pay off its debt without taking on any more and eventually allow people to keep more of the money they earn.
 
2012-04-16 02:43:35 PM

namatad: Sybarite: ballooning pension costs and the incursion of email have pushed the USPS into what looks like a death spiral

It's an entirely manufactured crisis. The Bush Administration pushed through a postal "reform" law that required the USPS to pre-fund 75 years' worth of future retiree health benefits within just 10 years. No other federal agency or private business is forced to pre-fund benefits on this kind of schedule, and it accounts for the entirety of the loses that have occurred in the intervening years.

LOL
this kind of insanity cracks me up
should they have increased prefunding? yes.
75 years? LOL


The fact that you think this is insanity cracks me up. It's well-documented.
 
2012-04-16 02:45:00 PM

JackieRabbit: The idea that the USPS is a "private" corporation is one of the biggest scams ever perpetuated by the government. The USPS is still a government agency - an independent organization within the Executive Branch. Its employees are paid from the general fund, just as are all other federal employees. However, they have had their budget cut over and over because they are supposed to be a for-profit agency and compete in a free market; the idea was that the USPS would eventually be fully self-supporting, with no taxpayer funding. What a joke. It is impossible for the USPS to employ 575K people, operate 220K vehicles and 30K post offices, and deliver some 175B pieces of mail to 150M addresses each year and make a freaking profit. No postal service anywhere has ever done this.

Some people - mostly free market Republicans - say that we should completely privatize service and do away with the USPS all together. But we can't do this. We have postal service treaties with almost every nation on the planet. We have to deliver their mail and they must deliver ours.


No they're not. Although they are subject to many of the same laws as federal employees.
 
2012-04-16 02:50:54 PM

Cheesus: relcec: Cheesus: relcec: Gabrielmot: Helios1182: beral urban elites; while it is going to cost $10 to a get letter once a week in the middle of nowhere conservative land.

that's the cost of being stupid I guess...

why aren't we passing on the costs associated with not living within 100 miles of nowhere? liberals are stupid.

Because you can pass the cost around to everyone so that rather than 1 person paying $10 more, everyone pays a very tiny fraction of a cent.

but if I called it a carbon fee you'd suddenly be ok with it.

With passing the cost around to everyone? Yes I would. Not sure what you're getting at here.



obviously, I'm getting at your reflexive need to make the amounts charged equal regardless of the cost of the service involved and how we can bypass your knee jerk reaction by saying a few magic words.
 
2012-04-16 02:52:21 PM

fisker: I have a 'pen-pal' who lives in China and I receive a letter from him that arrives every third Saturday of every month. I am going to have to farking wait until MONDAY to get his mail.i>


www.germany.info
You'll be even more excited to get mail from your pen-pal when you have to wait longer for it.
Wait long time for your letter, pen-pal! So excite!
 
2012-04-16 02:54:12 PM

brap: I do think it's weird how acceptable this is to everybody. IMHO we should be more like Paris where mail is delivered multiple times a day.


IIRC, it used to be that way here, too. Of course, using Parisian civil service work as a model of efficiency will get you nowhere. I'd imagine that twice daily delivery has more to do with keeping folks on the dole (and shortened work hours) than it does about the French love of the postal service and letter writing.
 
2012-04-16 02:55:50 PM

ToldThereWouldBeCake: serial_crusher: Oh no. I'll have to go all weekend without any extended car warranty scams, grocery store ads, or letter begging for donations to charities that I don't care about? This is tragic.

Hmm, has anyone started a petition to STOP Saturday mail delivery? I'll sign it.


I'm still waiting for a "Do not mail list" to go with the "Do not call list."
 
2012-04-16 02:57:04 PM
1947. Oh, and in 1957. And 1968 ... and 1975 ... and 1987 ... and 2001.

Except they didn't have the internet in 1947 or 1957 or 1968...

That's why these threats some more legitimate this time around. but, also, nobody misses postal mail.
 
2012-04-16 02:59:14 PM
I get ONE PIECE of actual mail every month. It is a statement from the IRS on my monthly payment arrangement which they refuse to go digital with. Every single other piece of mail is spam. All of my other bills are electronic. I do not know anyone who writes physical letters at this point, at least not in my life-sphere.

You could go delivery M-W-F and call it way good in my book. I feel for the carriers losing jobs and such, but society is almost "letter mail" free at this point...something has to change.
 
2012-04-16 02:59:43 PM

Cheesus: No they're not. Although they are subject to many of the same laws as federal employees.


Yes they are. Go look it up. I just did. Postal employees are paid from the general fund, but the accounting is separate now. Also, the Office of Personnel Management no longer includes postal workers as part of the Federal Wage System. The USPS now has its own wage management system. But The OPM does provide all other benefit services to USPS.

I tell you, it's a freakin' scam.
 
2012-04-16 03:00:50 PM

Snarfangel: ToldThereWouldBeCake: serial_crusher: Oh no. I'll have to go all weekend without any extended car warranty scams, grocery store ads, or letter begging for donations to charities that I don't care about? This is tragic.

Hmm, has anyone started a petition to STOP Saturday mail delivery? I'll sign it.

I'm still waiting for a "Do not mail list" to go with the "Do not call list."


DMAChoice. (new window)
 
2012-04-16 03:03:56 PM
Ha! TFA's author has a fat wife.

(I didn't even know Lane Bryant had a catalog).
 
2012-04-16 03:03:58 PM
Country needs a do not send junk list service just like the do not call list. Or an option to tell the carrier to automatically throw away anything that doesn't have specific names on it.
 
2012-04-16 03:04:31 PM

darghon: Quit reading at
"members of Congress are scrambling against a May 15 deadline to reassure constituents that no, they won't stop receiving their Lane Bryant catalogs and carpet cleaning circulars over the weekend. "

FU, without USPS I could not run my small business. People use it for more important stuff than spam.


Look, maybe your carpets are pristine, but it's important for those who actually walk on them that our coupons come on time.

/Spam my foot. My muddy, muddy foot.
 
2012-04-16 03:04:52 PM

Optimus Primate: I get ONE PIECE of actual mail every month. It is a statement from the IRS on my monthly payment arrangement which they refuse to go digital with. Every single other piece of mail is spam. All of my other bills are electronic. I do not know anyone who writes physical letters at this point, at least not in my life-sphere.

You could go delivery M-W-F and call it way good in my book. I feel for the carriers losing jobs and such, but society is almost "letter mail" free at this point...something has to change.


Why don't you get your bills mailed to you? You are helping to destory the USPS by taking away their business. I see no point in going electronic on my bills because I get all the benefits of electronic bills now with the additional piece of mail to help them. Unless companies will give me money off of my bill every month (like directv did) then they can mail me my bill that wont get opened and will get shredded.
 
2012-04-16 03:05:30 PM

SharkTrager: ows: but how will i know if i can save 15% on my car insurance?

geico spends $1 billion per year on advertising.

Get a quote from GEICO and I swear they have an ad in the mail to you before you know their quote.


I'm so effing sick of seeing insurance ads in my mailbox. Obviously, I didn't go with you guys in the first place, so why in the hell would I change my mind now? You're services haven't gotten any cheaper, and I'm completely content with who I went with, so piss off.

I also throw away every single piece of mail with my maiden name. Everyone and every company I deal with has been informed at this point anyway.
 
2012-04-16 03:05:31 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: Country needs a do not send junk list service just like the do not call list. Or an option to tell the carrier to automatically throw away anything that doesn't have specific names on it.


I assume everything addressed to "Current Resident" is of the utmost importance.
 
2012-04-16 03:06:02 PM

relcec: obviously, I'm getting at your reflexive need to make the amounts charged equal regardless of the cost of the service involved and how we can bypass your knee jerk reaction by saying a few magic words.


Since the postal service is a constitutionally required federal service, it's probably impossible to charge different rates for different locations, because that could be seen as favoring some states over others.
 
2012-04-16 03:09:20 PM
How about blue and gold residential days. Blue mail routes get MWF and Gold get TThS. If you are a businesss and want 5 or 6 day delivery you pay a monthly fee. Also double the rate for bulk rate mail even though that's where the money is at. It will reduce volume to be manageable on those 3 days and preserve first class rates. First class might actually be first class then.
 
2012-04-16 03:09:21 PM

JackieRabbit: Cheesus: No they're not. Although they are subject to many of the same laws as federal employees.

Yes they are. Go look it up. I just did. Postal employees are paid from the general fund, but the accounting is separate now. Also, the Office of Personnel Management no longer includes postal workers as part of the Federal Wage System. The USPS now has its own wage management system. But The OPM does provide all other benefit services to USPS.

I tell you, it's a freakin' scam.


I could be wrong, but my understanding is that's for retiree benefits (maybe others). And the USPS pays into the general fund for that.
 
2012-04-16 03:10:29 PM

stevetherobot: Snarfangel: ToldThereWouldBeCake: serial_crusher: Oh no. I'll have to go all weekend without any extended car warranty scams, grocery store ads, or letter begging for donations to charities that I don't care about? This is tragic.

Hmm, has anyone started a petition to STOP Saturday mail delivery? I'll sign it.

I'm still waiting for a "Do not mail list" to go with the "Do not call list."

DMAChoice. (new window)


Do you have an option other than a placebo? DMAChoice doesn't stop shiat.
 
2012-04-16 03:10:46 PM

Benjimin_Dover: Private business is required to fund things at a more aggressive rate than 10 years according to the Pension Protection Act of 2006.


Now you're just lying, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-109publ280/pdf/PLAW-109publ280.pdf page 792 inside section 302 clearly indicates that prefunding is voluntary and prefunding can be used as leverage to avoid having the meet minimum funding standards. IE, if you prefund for 1 year and one year you have bad profits and can't afford to fund you are alright as long as your prefund plus fund meets that yearly requirements. Funding 75 years in the future is unheard of.
 
2012-04-16 03:10:57 PM

theorellior: relcec: obviously, I'm getting at your reflexive need to make the amounts charged equal regardless of the cost of the service involved and how we can bypass your knee jerk reaction by saying a few magic words.

Since the postal service is a constitutionally required federal service, it's probably impossible to charge different rates for different locations, because that could be seen as favoring some states over others.


It's not constitutionally required. Here's the relevant part of the Constitution:

The Congress shall have Power . . . To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

Needless to say, giving Congress a power does not require them to use it. Further, Congress has previously declined to use powers that its been given. For about half the country's existence, there was no bankruptcy law, despite that being another power Congress has.
 
2012-04-16 03:12:00 PM

atomsmoosher: IIRC, it used to be that way here, too. Of course, using Parisian civil service work as a model of efficiency will get you nowhere. I'd imagine that twice daily delivery has more to do with keeping folks on the dole (and shortened work hours) than it does about the French love of the postal service and letter writing.


Don't destroy my romantic and quite possibly completely delusion vision of Parisian life. I pictured myself dashing off a scented letter to my lover, a young Catherine Denueve or Jean Seberg type, and having her receive it within fifteen mintues so she could rush over for a quick passionate round of lovemaking before the old ball and chain got home.
 
2012-04-16 03:12:35 PM

9beers: Cut it down to 4 days a week (Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri) and give the carriers routes that will fill a 10 hour day. Problem solved.


mizchief: This goes to show why government can't run a business. Any businessman would look at this and keep Saturday delivery and maybe even add Sunday, and instead cancel Tuesday and Thursday or some other combination of week days.


Let's combine the two ideas. Have mail delivery on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and carriers work ten hour days. Maximum convenience for the postal public, and a lot of postal workers get three day weekends.

/Have to figure out something for federal holidays, but oh well.
 
2012-04-16 03:22:26 PM

relcec: Cheesus: relcec: Cheesus: relcec: Gabrielmot: Helios1182: beral urban elites; while it is going to cost $10 to a get letter once a week in the middle of nowhere conservative land.

that's the cost of being stupid I guess...

why aren't we passing on the costs associated with not living within 100 miles of nowhere? liberals are stupid.

Because you can pass the cost around to everyone so that rather than 1 person paying $10 more, everyone pays a very tiny fraction of a cent.

but if I called it a carbon fee you'd suddenly be ok with it.

With passing the cost around to everyone? Yes I would. Not sure what you're getting at here.


obviously, I'm getting at your reflexive need to make the amounts charged equal regardless of the cost of the service involved and how we can bypass your knee jerk reaction by saying a few magic words.


Considering communication via mail is the current way jury/court summons, tax bills, pretty much anything pertaining to the government is delivered to its citizens, yes the costs should be the same. You're suggesting that they be charged $10 extra to deliver to Bumfark, Alaska so you can get your stamp prices reduced by 0.001 cents.
 
2012-04-16 03:25:07 PM
I've never bought stamps in my life, nor would I care if we ended federal mail delivery/pickup completely. As long as UPS and FedEx keep me supplied with my Amazon and Nordstrom goodies, I'm content with email.

Why so much money is spent hauling dead trees around is beyond me. If you want record keeping, bits are easier to transfer, duplicate, and keep track of, and (properly stored) are more permanent than paper, anyways.
 
2012-04-16 03:25:18 PM
FTFY- "For years, Mr. Bailar, you and your predecessors have threatened labor cutbacks and delivery curtailments every time you want more money."

Except this time the Fed has gone and racked up a $15 Trillion deficit... so yeah, cuts have to be made to keep the country from going tits up. Cuts to the USPS, and many other things as well. Much to the dismay of Farklibs.
 
2012-04-16 03:27:36 PM
Saturday delivery ?
Nice little luxury you have there, Americans...
 
2012-04-16 03:30:07 PM

3StratMan: FTFY- "For years, Mr. Bailar, you and your predecessors have threatened labor cutbacks and delivery curtailments every time you want more money."

Except this time the Fed has gone and racked up a $15 Trillion deficit... so yeah, cuts have to be made to keep the country from going tits up. Cuts to the USPS, and many other things as well. Much to the dismay of Farklibs.


Because some morons thought cutting taxes while fighting a war was a fantastic idea. The tax cuts should've been gone after the surplus was.
 
2012-04-16 03:34:43 PM

stpauler: Why not get rid of Wednesday instead of having a 3 day weekend?


We should get rid of Wednesday completely and shift to a 6-day week - nothing good ever happens on Wednesday.
As an added bonus, a 6-day week would give me an extra pair of underwear in case there were another accident.
 
2012-04-16 03:39:25 PM

Cheesus: 3StratMan: FTFY- "For years, Mr. Bailar, you and your predecessors have threatened labor cutbacks and delivery curtailments every time you want more money."

Except this time the Fed has gone and racked up a $15 Trillion deficit... so yeah, cuts have to be made to keep the country from going tits up. Cuts to the USPS, and many other things as well. Much to the dismay of Farklibs.

Because some morons thought cutting taxes while fighting a war was a fantastic idea. The tax cuts should've been gone after the surplus was.


Q: When do Democrats/Liberals/Farklibs think the best time to cut taxes is? A: Never. They only believe in raising taxes.
 
2012-04-16 03:40:28 PM

3StratMan: Q: When do Democrats/Liberals/Farklibs think the best time to cut taxes is? A: Never. They only believe in raising taxes.


Hahahaha. Your handle should be 3StrawMan.
 
2012-04-16 03:42:12 PM

3StratMan: Q: When do Democrats/Liberals/Farklibs think the best time to cut taxes is? A: Never. They only believe in raising taxes.


Q: When do Republicans/Conservatives/FarkIndependents think we have a budget surplus and no national debt.
A: Always. They only believe in cutting taxes while spending more on the military.
 
2012-04-16 03:42:23 PM

Forced Perspective: Needless to say, giving Congress a power does not require them to use it. Further, Congress has previously declined to use powers that its been given. For about half the country's existence, there was no bankruptcy law, despite that being another power Congress has.


But it is a specifically listed Congressional power that has been used since the beginning of the nation. Also, as someone upthread pointed out, the mail is an official conduit for governmental business, so it's also required through statute as well.

A good way to piss off Constitutional literalists is mentioning that the Post Office has more constitutional standing than the Air Force.
 
rpm
2012-04-16 03:46:18 PM

umad: stevetherobot: Snarfangel: ToldThereWouldBeCake: serial_crusher: Oh no. I'll have to go all weekend without any extended car warranty scams, grocery store ads, or letter begging for donations to charities that I don't care about? This is tragic.

Hmm, has anyone started a petition to STOP Saturday mail delivery? I'll sign it.

I'm still waiting for a "Do not mail list" to go with the "Do not call list."

DMAChoice. (new window)

Do you have an option other than a placebo? DMAChoice doesn't stop shiat.


File Form 1500 with the post office for the sender. That's the form for saying someone is sending obscenity, and SCotUS has ruled that if you call it obscenity, it is and USPS has to honor it.
 
2012-04-16 03:47:06 PM
Does anyone actually care about this? Really?

If theres anything I need urgently, I use UPS or FedEx.

The only thing I personally care about is a good friend who is a mail carrier. I hope she doesn't lose hours because of this. But it is what it is- they gotta cut costs.
 
2012-04-16 03:50:08 PM
I have no problem with residential delivery being cut down to 3 times a week, say M-W-F. However, the Post Office should stay open a couple of hours later during those days so us working folks are able to pick up registered packages etc.
 
2012-04-16 03:50:53 PM

Forced Perspective: theorellior: relcec: obviously, I'm getting at your reflexive need to make the amounts charged equal regardless of the cost of the service involved and how we can bypass your knee jerk reaction by saying a few magic words.

Since the postal service is a constitutionally required federal service, it's probably impossible to charge different rates for different locations, because that could be seen as favoring some states over others.

It's not constitutionally required. Here's the relevant part of the Constitution:

The Congress shall have Power . . . To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

Needless to say, giving Congress a power does not require them to use it. Further, Congress has previously declined to use powers that its been given. For about half the country's existence, there was no bankruptcy law, despite that being another power Congress has.


Well, the same section forbids Congress from letting the states do it and forbids any private organization from violating the rest of Article I -- most important being the requirement for uniform duty. Prices have to be fixed regionally -- no more charging extra for Alaska/Hawaii.
 
2012-04-16 03:56:10 PM

rpm: umad: stevetherobot: Snarfangel: ToldThereWouldBeCake: serial_crusher: Oh no. I'll have to go all weekend without any extended car warranty scams, grocery store ads, or letter begging for donations to charities that I don't care about? This is tragic.

Hmm, has anyone started a petition to STOP Saturday mail delivery? I'll sign it.

I'm still waiting for a "Do not mail list" to go with the "Do not call list."

DMAChoice. (new window)

Do you have an option other than a placebo? DMAChoice doesn't stop shiat.

File Form 1500 with the post office for the sender. That's the form for saying someone is sending obscenity, and SCotUS has ruled that if you call it obscenity, it is and USPS has to honor it.


I like the way you think. I may actually try this for shiats and giggles.
 
2012-04-16 03:59:02 PM

TNel: Optimus Primate: I get ONE PIECE of actual mail every month. It is a statement from the IRS on my monthly payment arrangement which they refuse to go digital with. Every single other piece of mail is spam. All of my other bills are electronic. I do not know anyone who writes physical letters at this point, at least not in my life-sphere.

You could go delivery M-W-F and call it way good in my book. I feel for the carriers losing jobs and such, but society is almost "letter mail" free at this point...something has to change.

Why don't you get your bills mailed to you? You are helping to destory the USPS by taking away their business. I see no point in going electronic on my bills because I get all the benefits of electronic bills now with the additional piece of mail to help them. Unless companies will give me money off of my bill every month (like directv did) then they can mail me my bill that wont get opened and will get shredded.


My local electric utility gives me a 50 cent credit for going electronic.

All of my finances are organized electronically, so it is in my benefit to receive ALL bills in that format, as it makes my life easier. Both the vendor and I win, essentially. I can keep a file of all of my past bills nice and neat, with no clutter.

Also, I hate spam, be it in paper or electronic form. The post office is a spam server which I have no control over. If someone's job is tied into the sole purpose of delivering spam to my mailbox, then perhaps that person should rethink the validity and usefulness of their career path? If I can throttle back the spam to 3 days a week, even better!
 
2012-04-16 04:09:47 PM
I have no problem totally restructuring the postal system to make it cover its costs. I haven't purchased a stamp in years, and if I do need to mail a letter, and it costs me a buck, who cares?. These days mail is strictly for packages. Are UPS and FedEx profitable? Do what they do.
 
2012-04-16 04:13:41 PM
"Important information - Open Immediately" = "Unsolicited Junk Mail - Shred Immediately"

/Particularly annoying when it's unsolicited offers from my bank and insurance company because then I have to open them only to determine that it is in fact NOT important. At all.
 
2012-04-16 04:14:12 PM

theorellior: relcec: obviously, I'm getting at your reflexive need to make the amounts charged equal regardless of the cost of the service involved and how we can bypass your knee jerk reaction by saying a few magic words.

Since the postal service is a constitutionally required federal service, it's probably impossible to charge different rates for different locations, because that could be seen as favoring some states over others.


I keep reading this. I can't find the part of the Constitution that requires a postal service. Also, They already charge different rates for different locations with all the other classes of mail-Priority, Express, Parcel Post, Media Mail, etc.
 
2012-04-16 04:16:01 PM

3StratMan: Q: When do Democrats/Liberals/Farklibs think the best time to cut taxes is? A: Never. They only believe in raising taxes.


Gee, I dunno, when do conservatives think it's a good time to go to their boss and say "I'm taking in too much money. Could you please cut my paycheck 15 percent so I won't be so tempted to spend it on food and my kid's education?"?
 
2012-04-16 04:16:38 PM

This text is now purple: Well, the same section forbids Congress from letting the states do it and forbids any private organization from violating the rest of Article I -- most important being the requirement for uniform duty. Prices have to be fixed regionally -- no more charging extra for Alaska/Hawaii.


[Citation needed]
 
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