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Thread: Should door to door mail delivery end?

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Like some others, I have concerns particularly about the elderly and more so in rural areas. America is a lot more spread out than Europe, and our country can be very, very country. Seniors may still be competent to live alone, but may be unable to drive, and while asking me to walk a mile is no problem, it could be a problem even for a physical competent senior, or a moderately disabled person.

    I would propose some kind of hybrid. I think that model is probably fine for cities, but until something better is worked out, maybe not for the more rural areas. As TT pointed out, perhaps we could go to tri-weekly deliveries, especially to areas that are too rural for this to be feasible for everyone. But even in cities, we want to make sure drop-off points are pretty abundant, because a lot of smaller-scale America cities don't have very good transit (i.e., using the current postal offices as the drop-off points would be much too spread apart even in most moderate-sized cities).

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    The best solution, IMHO, would be to keep raising user fees (postage rates) to cover the actual cost of service. The nonsense that using general revenue to subsidize the USPS is OK because it transfers the burden of payment to "the rich" is foolish. The best way to reduce costs is to reduce service days to 3 days per week and have fewer carriers which serve alternating routes. For example a single carrier could serve delivery area A on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and sere area delivery area B on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - just as garbage/recycle collection services do now.
    Good idea. Most companies send their invoices to consumers two weeks before they're due to be paid, so getting the mail very other day isn't going to matter. Whatever happened to the idea of discontinuing service on Saturday. That should save a lot of money if that's an overtime day.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Home delivery should remain. Post office doesn't need to turn a profit, it needs to exist.
    True it can be argued it is important to national interest for it to remain and doesn't need to turn a profit. That being said they should try their best to limit the finical lost of the tax payers.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    True it can be argued it is important to national interest for it to remain and doesn't need to turn a profit. That being said they should try their best to limit the finical lost of the tax payers.
    What is the national interest for it to remain? (not referring to the profit part)
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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    What is the national interest for it to remain? (not referring to the profit part)
    I personally don't see one, but if it's go to continue to exist then it should be as efficient as it can be.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Well that is great for you but it is presumptuous to think everybody in the country does the same thing.

    I want a hard copy of the bill and payment. I don't trust electronic files as they are easily lost.
    Everyone in the country needs to move on and keep up with the modern world. And you can print electronic files, right?
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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Mail?

    I think I have posted one letter in the last 12 months or so.

    This isn't 1990...mail is dead.

    Electronic mail and private couriers are all the mail almost anyone should need in America.

    I guarantee you that most Americans get far more junk mail then important mail these days.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    I still support home delivery as many elderly or disabled people would have a much harder time if we did away with it however, I believe the USPS could greatly cut its costs with a simple change. Remove on house mail boxes and put them all at the curb. The town I live in which is approx 26K people still have a majority (guess 75%) of their residential boxes located on the home, meaning on foot delivery, which is not very labor or cost effective. New homes here are required to have boxes at the curb so that mail can be delivered from the street (vehicle) but when the change when into affect all on home boxes were grandfathered in. On home boxes are not necessary and not efficient. I think a lot could be saved by simply moving all on home boxes across the nation to the curb. Give people a year to move their box to the curb.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    I see mentioned a lot in this thread that people need to keep up with the times that electronic services should replace the current mail system. This sounds great but may not work for all people. In my case for example it would make things much more difficult. I live on a very very limited budget and the utilities here charge a surcharge of $3-5 if you pay your bill electronically, add that up among my utilities and it would cost as much as one of my cheaper utilities. Some people such as myself could not afford that.

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    Re: Should door to door mail delivery end?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Mail?

    I think I have posted one letter in the last 12 months or so.

    This isn't 1990...mail is dead.

    Electronic mail and private couriers are all the mail almost anyone should need in America.

    I guarantee you that most Americans get far more junk mail then important mail these days.
    How do you send a certified letter through email to prove the recipient got it?

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