Skip to comments.Proposal would stop door-to-door mail for millions
Posted on 05/21/2014 10:24:46 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would go to communal or curbside boxes instead, under a proposed law.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform debated Wednesday a bill to direct the U.S. Postal Service to convert 1.5 million addresses annually over the next decade to the less costly but less convenient delivery method.
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Correct me if I’m wrong, but mail delivery is one of the things government does that *is* specifically outlined in the Constitution.
Yes, but the Postal Service was privatized.
The only things specified are the establishment of post offices and post roads, per Article 1 Section 8 Clause 7. Delivery to the doors of houses is not specified.
The post office is becoming an anachronism
I actually like my post office. Its the local gathering place where I chat with my neighbors. Its going to 2 hours per day next month which will be a real treat for people who happen to work during those 2 hours.
Nothing about the establishment of general mills?
Yes, because everyone has a computer or smartphone. Right?
Many millions of us already have this system, or worse, we have to go to the post office.
And the little boxes quickly fill up with the junk mail trash.
Yet no photo ID.
But did the Constitution specify that it would be delivered the last 200 yards?
Curbside boxes do have the advantage that you can put your outgoing mail into one, which you can’t do if you have a mail slot in your door.
Sigh. Post office is such a mess! But at least we get mail delivered— in some countries you have to go to the central post office and ask if you have mail or to mail something. And when you get mail it might have already been opened and your packages are stolen, broken, or things missing. If it comes to a curbside group that’s still better than not having delivery! And I am ok with delivery only Monday- Friday if it helps control costs.
Nobody in government really knows how to control costs. But yeah, there’s no need for Saturday delivery.
Just close the post office and have any delivery service in the area guarantee twice a month delivery to all locations in the areas in which they are licensed.
Pick ups would be on call.
So, change it.
The constitution says merely to establish post offices, not necessarily maintain and definitely not subsidize. The private sector is not excluded by the wording of the law.
I’m for closing it down and selling the buildings. Whatever law is required works for me. Give the employees 3 years to get a job or retire.
it be cheaper to convert the postal system (letters)
to the equivalent of Internet cafes
for sending and receiving
The Obamasmartphone? (An oxymoron, I know.)
Not everyone can or wants to visit internet cafés either.
Yes, but the Postal Service was sort of pseudo government type privatized.
And Fixed it even better:
The Postal service was entirely contracted out to UPS and Fed-Ex.
Outside of the decrease in cost and increase in service, no one noticed!
“Your United States Government - charging FAR more for doing FAR less.”
Kind of a catchy slogan, and perfectly apt for the Obama administration.
Of course, in order to begin this conversion, the USPS will have to radically raise postage rates.
Many of us here have to do that.
I probably waste an hour and a half per month shredding junk mail that comes to my door. I don’t want it, I didn’t ask for it, but it represents enough of a threat to my privacy that I actually have to sit there and run it thru a shredder before throwing it away.
Waste of resources all around.
“Who gets mail anymore?...
We pay almost all our bills electronically”
I get mail—I live in an apartment building——lots of people get mail.
I also have that silly,old fashioned habit of sending thank you notes and sympathy cards.
Of course, the biggest problem is union rules and generous retirement benefits, as well as loads of employees on disability.
If I do need to mail something, I go to the post office to mail it....You cannot leave mail in your mailbox anymore, lest someone will take it.
In Norway, you can put a sticker on your box that says no advertising mail or unaddressed mail and they will honor it.
The key word in your reply was “honor”. Hard to use that term referring to any government agency here.
privatize the whole thing and some of this will happen but at least the decisions will be economically rational and not politically fixed
The vast bulk of stuff that arrives in my box in junk mail, flyers, GOP solicitations - all go in the trash. It's a revolving door of trash from curbside mailbox to curbside garbage pickup.
You can call the catalog senders and the political mailers and tell them to take you off their mailing lists. I have found that it really helps.
I tried it, and I didn’t notice much difference.
The Post Office is based on junk mail.
I pay most of my bills on line but will not switch to all electronic. I want the bill in the mail. We have crappy DSL service with rotaing brown outs. We get hacked & viruses where our system is down or the PC is physically at my IT guys house.
We have very good postal service here. More reliable than Microsoft.
Oh, that’s too bad.
Yes, the PO’s bread and butter comes from the junk mailers.
The husband is at the dump right now. Part of his haul for the paper recycling is, of course, the junk mail flyers that we get.
Something the environmentalists and the democrats, are silent on.
The largest source of trash for me is junk mail, and the bold inks and plastics are all a part of that paper trash, as is the energy pollution needed to deliver it and dispose of it, and most of it is in a closed loop of ''created, delivered, trashed'' without ever having been used by us.
we have had a mail slot for years and right next to it we have a decorative clip where we stick anything outgoing. We seldom use it but it works fine when we do.
We pay almost all our bills electronically.
People don’t have to pay electrically. They can drop off their bills to a delivery service once or twice a month.
We could also require the delivery services operating in an area to pick up mail twice a month or with a two day notice if called.
Just don’t need the post office to take care of luddites or those of us riding off into the sunset.
Give a three year notice and people will figure it out.
At the rate this nation is moving toward fascism, all you need to know will be posted on the werk kamp bulletin board.
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