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Whining about USPS decision already starts
dpd1




msg:4543619
 11:08 pm on Feb 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

The crying about the their decision to stop sat mail delivery this year has already begun. I personally think this is a good move. According to them, package delivery would continue (where the real money is), and a local guy tells me he thinks that would also include pickup. But of course, like always... the public wants their cake and wants to eat it too. My guess is that Congress will cave and find a way to stop them once again, then the degradation will continue.

[cbsnews.com...]

 

jimbeetle




msg:4543630
 11:53 pm on Feb 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

When I was a kid adults were still griping about the Post Office stopping twice a day delivery back in 1950 or so.

lucy24




msg:4543641
 12:36 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

!
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".

:P


* I didn't participate. I collect my mail twice a week at best. Possibly because the mailbox isn't at my front door.

ken_b




msg:4543644
 12:50 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'm okay with this change.

jwolthuis




msg:4543800
 1:20 pm on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

... 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.

dpd1




msg:4543933
 8:01 pm on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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.

bakedjake




msg:4543934
 8:03 pm on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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.

dpd1




msg:4543993
 11:29 pm on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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.

HRoth




msg:4544243
 10:45 pm on Feb 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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. :)

dpd1




msg:4563639
 9:01 pm on Apr 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

And once again, the whiners win. Congress has put pressure on them, and they have backed off on stopping Sat delivery.

[nytimes.com...]

This despite the fact that polls show the majority of people have no problem with it. The minority, chronic complainers, win again.

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