U.s.post-office.....

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by LONGHAIR, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. LONGHAIR

    LONGHAIR New Member

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    The U.S.POST-OFFICE was going to stop Saturday Delivery of the Mail...Now they want to only Deliver on Monday -Wednesday -Friday.....What happened to stopping only Saturday Delivery...I think they should stop Saturday Delivery,but Tuesday and Thursday also...WOW...Our Country really is BROKE-$$$-.........
     
  2. Alchemist

    Alchemist New Member

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    Makes sense to me. In the big picture, what difference does it make whether I get my Geico ads and my bills on Tuesday or on Wednesday?....
     

  3. Gordo323

    Gordo323 New Member

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    USPS is one of the few govt. agencies that I support!
    Been doing a good job since I can remember!
     
  4. WDbeej

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    The issue with the USPS is that it is a self-sustained, non-profit government agency. It lies in a limbo-land in between the public and private sectors.

    It is not funded by taxes or the government. It is wholly supported by charging for its services. By Federal mandate (law) it is NEVER ALLOWED TO MAKE A PROFIT. That is why postage rates only increased by a penny or two and did so frequently. The USPS was never allowed to anticipate future needs and proactively raise rates above current needs. They were always financially in the hole.

    Modern telecommunications including the internet and email has crushed the USPS's ability to sustain its current service level. It is a dinosaur and the internet was a huge asteroid. Don't bemoan the fall of the USPS, since you are reading this post on the internet and not insisting on paying to receive a flyer through your mailbox, you have helped in its demise.
     
  5. canebrake

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    Always complaining!

    What's wrong with the price of stamps?

    $.44; $.04 for delivery and $.40 for storage. :p
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I think the PO is suffering because so many people pay bills online and email each other that the need for snail mail is greatly decreased. Therefore, they are losing money, I believe. I bought a whole bunch of those 'forever stamps' a long time ago when postage was something like 41 cents. I just think people aren't using the postal service as much any more because of email and internet bill paying.
     
  7. BlindOldMan

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    USPS is big and bloated. It's demise was brought on both by its inability to compete with private carriers and it's strange status in the government. Should it exist and compete against private companies or is it more like a utility? You know that stereotype about the surly postal employee? I thought it was until I went to the Pembroke Pines branch some years ago and had one of the meanest, nastiest persons give me a massive attitude when I asked him about tracking the package. Apparently the USPS doesn't do that and wtf was I doing asking? So yeah, I'll use UPS, Fedex or DHL..
     
  8. Vincine

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    The USPO did too little too late.

    I remember when Federal Express’ service was providing overnight delivery of stock proxies and time sensitive documents like that. Then the FAX machine was invented. Fedx saw the handwriting on the wall, as did the other overnight services, and moved into package delivery. UPS stepped up its game in response. I think this is about when the USPO thought maybe they should accept credit cards, and introduced Priority Mail and self-stick stamps.

    Now they’ve got nothing to do but deliver catalogs and appeals for contributions, which go straight into the recycling bin. And it pisses me off that that’s what the trees are being cut down for.

    Yes there are communities that wouldn’t have postal service otherwise. The ones so far out in the sticks that they don’t get a lot of things. Somehow I think that’s why they live there. At least some them anyway. Off the grid and all that.
     
  9. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    I always spend a ton at the post office, they shouldnt be having any problems at all! :p
    I send a bunch of stuff on ebay and I find the USPS is often much cheaper than other carriers..
     
  10. Yunus

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    They lost something like $8 billion last year. If every other day service would help cut that loss, I'm all for it. I only check the mail every few days anyway.
     
  11. CourtJester

    CourtJester Well-Known Member

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    Road Racing World is delivered on the second Wednesday of each month. I get what I want and they get what they want.
    It's a win-win to me.
     
  12. freefall

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    I check my mail once a week or so. The POs big problem (like so many govt agencies) is the retirement payments to all those folks after 20 yrs.
     
  13. dunerunner

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    Freefall, the USPS is just like every other Government agency.....Retirement at 55 with 30 years to be fully vested and receive 60% of base salary. There are ways to retire early with a reduced annuity, but it is usually not enough to live on.

    Now disability retirements are another story!!! :rolleyes:

    The Postal Service has been unable to change it's way of business largely due to Governmental regulations. They couldn't move as quickly as the privately held corporations like UPS and FedX. No body, except my Mother (Bless her heart) writes letters or sends a card (Other than on Christmas, Anniversaries, or Birthdays) anymore, and the internet is definitely cutting into their business.
     
  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    This is correct. There is a woman in my town who started working for the post office shortly after high school. She was able to 'retire' at the age of 42or so. She went to college, got a degree and started a whole new career. I must say, I was a little jealous but happy for her. Yes, she got full retirement after 20 years of service with the PO.
     
  15. dunerunner

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    OK, here is a link to the PDF on Civil Service Retirements http://www.postalmag.com/images/retirement1.pdf, the type of retirement and age/time in service requirements ar listed in the table.

    Notice the * indicating the annuity is reduced if the retiree is under age 55 if electing an Early Retirement you may be 50 with 20 years of service. Under Optional, you have to be 60 with 20 years, but it is still only 2% per year of service or 40% of your base pay.

    Retirements are paid by the Office of Personnel Mismangement (OPM) and supported by your tax dollars as an unfunded liability.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Thanks. I must have misunderstood her, then. She did have a husband earning a good living so she must have took the early retirement opportunity to go back to school. I notice most of the PO employees in our town stay FOREVER.
     
  17. falseharmonix

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    I pay very few bills online. I actually get satisfaction from putting my bills in the mail and letting them travel the "old fashioned" way. I hope the USPS doesn't go the way of the Do-do bird.....
     
  18. JohnJak

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    The postal workers here in Michigan seem to have a bad attitude and complain a lot.
     
  19. Trez

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    I hope the USPS stay too... The other carriers cost more, and I hate FedEx to the point I refuse to order from companys that only offer it.. It seems they can never find my house and I ether have to pay for shipping twice (cause they send it back) Or cancel my order and lose out on shipping anyways.. It shouldnt be my fault that they cant find my house, thats their job!
     
  20. dunerunner

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    Here is another victim of the Web. Borders books, Borders Express and Waldon Books will be closing their doors 7/31/11. The CEO of Borders stated the Economy, the advent of E-Books had been the breaking point for sales and they are no longer able to stay solvent.

    If you want books in print, you better get them!! Come SHTF and no World Wide Web.Whatever, you'll have to read that same old magazine over and over.