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(The Jersey Tomato Press)   Mailman forced to work til nightime so NJ Post office skips homes, blocks, delivers mail at 7 pm - and punishes local reporter for publishing article - by not delivering her mail. Mail scandal heats up in Jersey as D.C. congressman steps in to help   (thejerseytomatopress.com) divider line 12
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2014-03-14 10:56:17 AM
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Rodeodoc: reaperducer: And anyone who says they don't need the Postal Service anymore is someone who either lives in their mother's basement or lives a very simple, boring, predictable life.

I think your point is highly debatable, but I'm not motivated to get into that.  What no one needs is 6 day a week mail service.  The Post Office could probably turn a profit if they went to a 3 day a week schedule.  The vast majority of complaints about cutting out Saturday service come from the 85 year olds in East Nutsack, North Dakota who see their Saturday trip to the PO as a social outing.  Screw 'em.  Tell them their government check will be deposited electronically and don't give them a choice.


See that is your problem right there. The Post Office's job isn't to turn a profit. It is to make sure that we have a reliable method of communicating across the country. The goal of government services shouldn't be to turn a profit.
2014-03-14 10:41:53 AM
3 votes:
There are a number of places in Chicago that don't get mail service at all, or they don't get packages, or if they do get mail service it's not until 10pm because the carrier had to do another route first.  The TV news does stories about it every now and again.

The official reason from the Postal Service is that it can't find anyone to do those routes. (I've never understood why the carriers get to choose their routes; I guess it's a union thing.)

Unofficially, they're tired of getting shot at, beaten up, and attacked by gang pit bulls.

And anyone who says they don't need the Postal Service anymore is someone who either lives in their mother's basement or lives a very simple, boring, predictable life.
2014-03-14 10:38:50 AM
3 votes:
Trying to read that headline made my head hurt.
2014-03-14 10:50:05 AM
2 votes:
That headline was as poorly written as the mail delivery.
2014-03-14 10:41:50 AM
2 votes:
Pricipal caught sayof?
2014-03-14 10:36:34 AM
2 votes:

TanSau: Fire them all.


That seems to be the problem, not enough people and using facilities that are far away from the area they are servicing because of cutbacks.
2014-03-14 11:41:22 AM
1 votes:

ongbok: Rodeodoc: reaperducer: And anyone who says they don't need the Postal Service anymore is someone who either lives in their mother's basement or lives a very simple, boring, predictable life.

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See that is your problem right there. The Post Office's job isn't to turn a profit. It is to make sure that we have a reliable method of communicating across the country. The goal of government services shouldn't be to turn a profit.


Actually, they were turning a profit prior to Congress legislating that they must pay the healthcare costs of their future employees up front for 75 years in the future. No other organization, private or government, on the planet is saddled with this. And even if they do turn a profit, it is given back to Congress so they don't get to keep the money to invest in infrastructure like a regular business would.

Oh. And it has not been taxpayer funded since 1982.

See how that works?  Any evidence refuting the idea that private enterprise always provides better service at less cost than a government agency must be strangled in the crib.
2014-03-14 11:39:03 AM
1 votes:

Tyrone Slothrop: The post office could turn a profit if they weren't forced to pre-fund their pension plan.


Everyone who offers a pension plan should be required to pre-fund their pension plan. That's just common sense.
2014-03-14 11:18:37 AM
1 votes:
When the Postal Service gets it wrong, getting things back on track is damn near impossible.

CSB:
I'm the treasurer for a small non-profit. We have a PO box that serves as our only address. 90% of our funding comes to us in the form of checks mailed to the PO Box, and about half comes from a single check from a foundation each year.

A couple of years ago, we stopped receiving mail in the box. I would check every day for weeks without seeing anything. Typically, we would receive 2-3 items per week. I sent five pieces of "test" mail, to see what would happen. Three were returned, marked undeliverable. Two simply vanished.

I approached the manager of the office where the box was located. He confirmed that there was nothing wrong with the computer; and seemed puzzled, but not particularly interested in my test mailings. Still, no mail was delivered. So I called the regional office, relaying all pertinent information. They said nothing was wrong. Still, no mail.

This went on for several months. Meanwhile, several thousand dollars worth of grant and contribution checks weren't arriving. The foundation that supplied half of our budget eventually emailed us, questioning whether or not we were still in existence, since our PO Box appeared to no longer be working. We were losing money, our credibility was in question, and the post office couldn't care less. And all they had to do was put the mail in the box.

I ended up calling the postmaster general in DC, and filing a criminal complaint. A fair portion of the mail was not being returned, it was just vanishing--like somebody was stealing it or just throwing it away. Funny thing about the postal service, THEY ANSWER TO NOBODY but the President, apparently. It took six months of me calling, writing, threatening (nothing to really threaten with, of course), and begging, before somebody in DC called the local postmaster and told them to fix it.

I received a call from the regional post master one day, and they told me that the local manager of the office where our box was located had been replaced, as there were some problems. Mail started arriving again, that day. Apparently, somebody in that office was simply throwing mail in the trash versus putting it in the box five feet away.

The point of this long story is that when you have a problem with the Postal Service, just expect that not even an Act of Congress will necessarily fix it. Go straight to the Postmaster General, and call them every single day. That is apparently the only way to fix a postal service problem, based on my experience.
2014-03-14 10:33:59 AM
1 votes:
Fire them all.
2014-03-14 10:32:36 AM
1 votes:
You know who else lived in West Caldwell, NJ?


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2014-03-14 10:31:32 AM
1 votes:
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