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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I would prefer it if every bill that passed the House or passed the Senate be e-mailed to all citizens, as well as the version of a bill signed into law by the President. The same for bills and laws on the state and local levels too.
    At least that legislation would be read by somebody.

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    And stop delivering all the junk/spam mail that goes right in the circular file.

    Actually, I shred all the junk
    I knew someone that crammed it all back in the pre-paid return envelope and mailed it back.
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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    No it won't.

    Because I think the U.S. Post Office should re-task itself to providing e-mail accounts to all American citizens, and possibly to running a government-based social networking sites.

    By re-tasking the USPS to doing so the government can better communicate with its citizens, especially in regards to providing important information in case of natural disasters or the like. Government-provided e-mail can also send important educational information to citizens, and from local and state governments as well as the federal government.

    That's what I think is the future of the USPS.
    Now why would, oh say I, need to use the USPS.com email instead of simply having someone send me email to my regular email account? -Or- giving the US government my regular email account instead of one ending in USPS.com? Can you tell me what advantage that is to me?

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectStorm View Post
    At least that legislation would be read by somebody.
    Good one .

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Or it could go to localized mail boxes

    Where an entire block or blocks of houses have a group of mail boxes located on a corner. Which makes delivery easier and vastly quicker. Mail does not need to be delivered 6 days a week, 5 would be more then enough and likely 4 would be fine. Of course the Postal Service signed some rather stupid labour contracts, limiting options
    I thought of that too, after that post.
    Good idea.

    4 day delivery isn't bad either.
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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    It would cost more to send paper documents by private courier than it would via public postal service. We already have competition established for bigger packages and I'm okay with that.

    The fear of socialism is getting out of hand. It's not dying because it's government run but because everyone uses e-mail now. Please get a grip people.

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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Well, what needs to occur is for the USPS to be taken... OMG... into the 21st century!!! and start using this new fangled thing called email.


    Sarcasm aside though, seriously, the USPS needs to be taken into the 21st century. People should get their mail electronically and have an option of whether or not they want to pay their bill online or via snail mail. If investing a couple million is what it takes to modernize our postal service, than so be it.
    This does not work for everything. Some things require an absolute verification that a person legally received their mail.

    A good example would be from my own experience. The military must ensure that its personnel receive important documentation. The best way to ensure that is to use the USPS. I have received important personal documents through the mail from the military. They could not come via email. I have also had to ship important personal documents via mail. Things such as ID cards, that could not go any other way except USPS and had to go back to the state that was handling my discharge paperwork.
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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    If it's true that 80% of their costs go to employees then I would say it's fair to blame the downfall on the unions. I am skeptical of this number though.
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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Now why would, oh say I, need to use the USPS.com email instead of simply having someone send me email to my regular email account? -Or- giving the US government my regular email account instead of one ending in USPS.com? Can you tell me what advantage that is to me?

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    Because you would have to sign up with one of your other e-mail accounts.

    With a USPS.com account, local, state, and the federal governments could automatically send it to all USPS.com accounts. This is important because every citizen would automatically be entitled to a USPS.com account.

    And, again, that's even if we use e-mail, which I think may go obsolete. A better thing to do would be to make the USPS site a social networking site. On it, government officials could communicate to everyone else on it.

    The reason why this is important is mostly for emergency announcements from the government, but also as a way to ensure the people get vital information.

    Take, for example, the Hurricane Irene. It hit areas not used to hurricanes. The Department of Homeland Security could use the USPS site to send information on how to properly prepare for a hurricane to those who have never experienced one before. Local and state governments could use it to post information, such as mandatory evacuation areas.

    There's a ton of benefit to this, mostly informing people on the things they need to know that they may not even know they need to know.

    And there are other benefits as well, such as constituents being able to better monitor the doings of their elected officials, and not just on the federal level - on the state and local level as well.

    Something like this WILL happen one day. It's inevitable because the internet revolution is inevitable. It's affected the entertainment industry. Now it's affecting the communication industry. And just like corporations have to accept the new reality so too will our government as well as its constituents.
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    Re: Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    Its a little both government attempting to run a function the private sector can do better and its failure to adapt to newer technologies. Time start the privatization process like what Japan did back in 2006 and go farther than they did.
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