optikeye: Geeze...The GOP is really trying to drive America into third world country territory. No space program, no education, no roads, no research.
Shadowknight: Somehow, I don't think this is going to work in all places in the US.[www.publicdomainpictures.net image 615x368]
vbob: Fustercluck?[www.theblindcard.com image 500x666]
serial_crusher: I've been using this service called Outbox NSA and liking it. They take all your mail and scan it, so you just delete the crap and have easy access to important mails from your phone.
TheOmni: Before considering any Republican proposal about the USPS, keep in mind that they want them to fail and actively take steps to encourage that failure.
miss jinxed: I had these growing up outside of Denver. What's the big deal?
NeedlesslyCanadian: ...subby's never heard of these? These things are everywhere in new housing subdivisions and townhouse complexes.
vossiewulf: Barfmaker: God forbid you'd have to walk down the street for your mail.[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x266]Fark those invalids anyway for making the bad choice to be disabled.
Shadowknight: Somehow, I don't think this is going to work in all places in the US.elsuavio:[www.publicdomainpictures.net image 615x368]
Elandriel: I've been thinking we should stop considering the USPS as a business that is intended to turn a tidy profit. The situation isn't the same as it used to be earlier in its day. There are way more people, way more mail, and more carriers etc are needed. Adding that volume to an enterprise like UPS or FedEx or whatever would likely result in the same outcome because of the scope and coverage of the USPS. It would be better if we would treat it as an expense; it is a good investment and it brings real value to society. Nobody's biatching about firemen not turning a profit, or the military or whatever.
buzzcut73: Like everybody else said, any newer subdivision already has these, and it isn't even a cluster for the whole subdivision, usually there is a 16 box cluster on every block (most I see are in the middle of the block somewhere) so nobody has to go all that far.I live in an older neighborhood now, with delivery to the door, but I'm moving to a newer subdivision in 3 weeks, the cluster box is 3 houses down from mine. It isn't going to be that much harder to get my mail.I can see this saving some cash, and some people are going to hate it because they hate change. Hell, there may even be some sort of compromise where if a person can prove they are disabled the mail carrier will still bring it to the door. It looks like there is already a "Mail Delivery to the Physically Handicapped Act" that does just that--fill out a form, doctor signs it, postmaster approves it, and you still get mail delivered to the door./I really don't care//Have a PO Box anyway--it is more secure///Saturdays can be done away with too
djkutch: We call them mail or cluster islands around here. Here's the thing: These work well for condo and town home associations. They are put in common area paid for by HOA dues. For areas of single family homes? There is no area to install them that is not on private property.
TwowheelinTim: MaudlinMutantMollusk: /on the bright side, I was assured when I moved here that DSL was "Just months away!"//that was by PacBellCorrect me if I'm mistaken, but PacBell was swallowed up by AT&T a few years ago. At least here on the north coast it was. So "just months away" has dragged on for a spell?
serial_crusher: I've been using this service called Outbox and liking it. They take all your mail and scan it, so you just delete the crap and have easy access to important mails from your phone.
Shadowknight: Somehow, I don't think this is going to work in all places in the US.
ChaoticCoyote: serial_crusher: I've been using this service called Outbox and liking it. They take all your mail and scan it, so you just delete the crap and have easy access to important mails from your phone.What about legal stuff, new debit/credit cards, packages... ?
geoduck42: TwowheelinTim: No smashed boxes from bozos who think they're cool is high on the list.A solution to this I once read: Get a large metal mailbox, and another the next size down. Put the latter inside the former and fill the gaps between the two with a batch of concrete. Mount it solidly enough on the support pole, and you'll find shards of broken baseball bat scattered around your driveway.On topic.. my street uses the cluster-box model, and it works fine. One plus side for senior citizens; going to get the mail gives them a chance to socialize with the neighbors.
albatros183: NeedlesslyCanadian: ...subby's never heard of these? These things are everywhere in new housing subdivisions and townhouse complexes.Rush warned us years ago.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: The best part of them is that if you pry the back of one open, you get to steal 10 or 12 peoples mail all at the same time!/happens frequently in rural areas//like the one I live in
TwowheelinTim: For what it's worth, the town I live in was founded in 1903 and they decided then not to have home delivery. If people don't like it, they can live somewhere else.
Pray 4 Mojo: Also... You should try the country life before you get all judgy. It's pretty awesome.
Circusdog320: I'm changing my middle name to Clusterbox...it just sounds farkin' cool! John "Clusterbox" Smith....Fred "Clusterbox" Ortega...Danny "Clusterbox" Gambino
Pray 4 Mojo: Aarontology: I AM A VENGEFUL AND CONFUSING GOD.Jesus farking christ... elect a man king and he get's all "I am GOD!" in a matter of hours.Also... You should try the country life before you get all judgy. It's pretty awesome. This used to be my backyard:[farm4.staticflickr.com image 320x240]
Helmsly: Exactly! It was hard enough feeding my family on unemployment checks 5 years ago.. It was even harder when the mail thief would make his monthly rounds and steal my UI checks from the community box.
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: jpo2269: If the choice is between centralized mailboxes in a subdivision vs. having to get a post office box, I think the centralized mail box would be just fine. The postal service has to come up with some serious solutions in order to survive; this proposal doesn't seem to be draconian at all....The choice isn't between that though. The choice is between paying current post office worker salaries and pensions as they come in, and paying up front for nearly eight decades worth of employee costs up front every time a new person is hired. Each time you lick a stamp you're paying for the health care costs of a current postal service employee to be able to get a checkup fifty years from now. If it sounds insane, it's because Republicans desperately want to destroy the USPS for whatever reason, and it is a law that they be able to cover with today's revenues the eventuality of every employee they currently employ, and any others they hire in the future.The postal service would be fine had Congress not attached a shackle to its balls and told it to make do.
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