When I was a kid adults were still griping about the Post Office stopping twice a day delivery back in 1950 or so.
So that's why the USPS was pushing that user survey with emphasis on "Participants need to pick up their mail every day including Saturday".* Timing suggests they had already made the decision and were simply going through the motions.
Oddly enough it is not many weeks since I observed in another forum that "whine" = "a complaint I do not sympathize with" in the same way that "regime" = "a government I do not like".
* I didn't participate. I collect my mail twice a week at best. Possibly because the mailbox isn't at my front door.
I'm okay with this change.
|... and a local guy tells me he thinks that would also include pickup. |
But since trucks won't be rolling Saturday night, anything picked up on Saturday won't move until Monday night anyway. So might as well take an extra day off, and have the packages picked up on Monday.
True... Which is probably what I personally should be doing anyway. Sat pickup has been an excuse I've used to work on the weekend many times, when I probably shouldn't be.
|I personally think this is a good move. |
It's something, but I think ending the monopoly on first class mail and "non-urgent" parcel delivery would be a better move. I would love to pay for mail service twice a week instead of five.
Parcel delivery shouldn't subsidize first class mail delivery. It's time to recognize that the cost to transport a letter 400 miles north of the nearest distribution point or to Guam is much more expensive than delivering a package in Manhattan, and adjust prices accordingly.
Yeah, but the people waiting on checks would never go for that. And those are the type of people that are at the top of the priority list right now. Look at the stink over just eliminating Sat delivery. A lot of the people complaining about that probably don't even need it, but they just want it for the sake of wanting it. A good portion of the public just simply wants to lash out at anything they perceive as being part of 'the establishment'. If the government (or anything perceived as such) wants to do something that appears negative towards the public, they will want to be opposed to it. Whether it makes sense or not.
Stamps should probably be twice what they are, but the public won't allow that. All of this is fueled by the old heads complaining to congress. Also, like always, the media has manipulated the situation. Each story I've seen done, they've showed more people complaining about it than being OK with it... Thereby trying to create the illusion that it's the majority that thinks that.
People are acting like it's the end of the world they won't get bills and junk mail on Saturday. For me, this is fine, because like dpd1, I have used Saturday pickup as a reason to work on the weekend. 'Course, I use Monday pickup as a reason to work on the weekend too, but I am trying to cure myself of that. HA. :)
And once again, the whiners win. Congress has put pressure on them, and they have backed off on stopping Sat delivery.
This despite the fact that polls show the majority of people have no problem with it. The minority, chronic complainers, win again.