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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs
FOXNEWS ^ | AP via FOX

Posted on 02/06/2013 5:10:29 AM PST by Doogle

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

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1 posted on 02/06/2013 5:10:35 AM PST by Doogle
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To: Chode

ping


2 posted on 02/06/2013 5:11:05 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Did they also stop paying postal workers for Saturday?


3 posted on 02/06/2013 5:16:07 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: Doogle

What they really need to do is get rid of 50% of all people associated with physical movement of the mail, and go to every-other-day delivery - half of all addresses get Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery, the other half gets Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday delivery.


4 posted on 02/06/2013 5:17:54 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Certainly the overly generous pay of postal employees ought to be reduced by 1/6th when this reduction of service kicks in.


5 posted on 02/06/2013 5:21:39 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: DuncanWaring; Larry Lucido; Gamecock

You don’t know what powers you’re messing with!

So, just walk away ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hox-ni8geIw


6 posted on 02/06/2013 5:27:21 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Doogle

Affirmative action for minorities is killing the USPS.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 5:29:28 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Doogle

Just open 1st Class mail delivery to free market competition. The law created the problem, undo the law.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 5:31:01 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

How dare you!


9 posted on 02/06/2013 5:31:51 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: txrefugee; Doogle

amazingly, the postal service workers have the best pay and benefits of all the federal employees! Their bloated benefits and employee numbers have brought about this dismal situation, along with poor competitive practices and outdated practices.

I’m ok w/ M-F mail delivery, and I can support some increase in mail cost BUT the postal service (employees, benefits, physical facilities, logistical framework, etc.) should be FULLY revamped. To use obummer’s favorite word, that would only be FAIR.


10 posted on 02/06/2013 5:32:46 AM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: vetvetdoug

LOL—Thank you, Mr. Sowell. /s


11 posted on 02/06/2013 5:34:20 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Doogle

USPS is the perfect example of a horrible business model. Forever stamps? Union pay raises regardless of income? Genius.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 5:35:28 AM PST by justice14 ("Christ is Victorious" / @rjustice21)
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To: DuncanWaring

I have thought that is the plan that makes most sense. It works for waste pickup. Surely it works for mail delivery. There is seldom something in the mail that can’t wait a day.


13 posted on 02/06/2013 5:35:41 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Doogle
Well this sucks and probably doesn't address the real problem.
14 posted on 02/06/2013 5:37:04 AM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: sassy steel magnolia

The Saturday WSJ is my weekend read.
I’ll miss it.


15 posted on 02/06/2013 5:37:36 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Doogle

Costs savings will be eaten up by more overtime on Mondays. They should cut out Tuesday delivery.


16 posted on 02/06/2013 5:38:09 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: DuncanWaring
What they really need to do is get rid of 50% of all people associated with physical movement of the mail, and go to every-other-day delivery - half of all addresses get Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery, the other half gets Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday delivery.

Concur, they would also be increasing their 1st rate mix. Bulk mail is not a money maker, it just helps offset costs, but by filling the bags, it also ensures that costs remain high. By decreasing to every other day, the USPS would be able to raise rates on bulk mail, accepting that some that business will just go away.

I just don't see the need for six day a week postal delivery.

17 posted on 02/06/2013 5:38:35 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Doogle

Obama promised to do for healthcare what the Post Office has done for mail service.


18 posted on 02/06/2013 5:39:25 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Doogle

Obama promised to do for healthcare what the Post Office has done for mail service.


19 posted on 02/06/2013 5:39:34 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: Vision; Doogle
Well this sucks and probably doesn't address the real problem.


20 posted on 02/06/2013 5:40:38 AM PST by WVKayaker ("I’ve seen how nasty it can be for other conservatives as well. "-Sarah Palin 12/17/12)
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To: Doogle

Who will sign for registered mail if the recipient is working Mon - Fri? Unless the USPS treats them as packages instead of regular mail. Just a question.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 5:42:08 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Let me put it this way ~ it’s far more complex than that. Carrier time on the street is about 75% of carrier costs. Cutting street time in half doesn’t cut total carrier costs in half.


22 posted on 02/06/2013 5:43:17 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: DuncanWaring

half of all addresses get Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery, the other half gets Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday delivery.

*************

I’ve agreed with that approach for a long time for residential delivery. However some commercial may need 6 day service but that wouldn’t be a large percent of them.


23 posted on 02/06/2013 5:43:49 AM PST by deport
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To: EQAndyBuzz

They have not stopped paying for employees that stopped working 10 years ago.


24 posted on 02/06/2013 5:44:48 AM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: txrefugee

Why? If you get paid for 5 days of work and the company shuts down for 2 days a week, why would they cut your pay?


25 posted on 02/06/2013 5:44:48 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: vetvetdoug
minority employment today is about 25% of the work force and it was about 25% of the work force 50 years ago.

I think it's due to the feminization of the work force

26 posted on 02/06/2013 5:46:57 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: sassy steel magnolia
Best pay? Your typical NIH guy makes possibly 5 Times as much as the average postal worker.

You can look up federal pay and postal pay on the internet and compare them.

27 posted on 02/06/2013 5:49:10 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Doogle

I once lived where we had the mail delivered twice a week. If you expected something important, you drove to the post office in the town of less than 90 and asked if it came. I never felt shorted.


28 posted on 02/06/2013 5:49:22 AM PST by eartrumpet
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To: Doogle

Probably will end up costing more


29 posted on 02/06/2013 5:54:30 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Who will sign for registered mail if the recipient is working Mon - Fri?

Same way it works now. They leave a note in your mailbox that you have registered mail and you go to the Post Office to get it. If you go read the article, it states that POs will continue to be open on Saturday.

30 posted on 02/06/2013 5:57:02 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: GeronL

no doubt......


31 posted on 02/06/2013 5:57:47 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: eartrumpet
If you expected something important, you drove to the post office in the town of less than 90 and asked if it came. I never felt shorted. You might if it was an 80 mile round trip.
32 posted on 02/06/2013 5:58:15 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: Arrowhead1952
Who will sign for registered mail if the recipient is working Mon - Fri?

You will, when you drive to the post office to pick it up. They'll leave you a little green post card alerting you to the fact that you have mail at the p.o. Just like they currently do.

33 posted on 02/06/2013 5:59:26 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Who will sign for registered mail if the recipient is working Mon - Fri?

You will, when you drive to the post office to pick it up. They'll leave you a little green post card alerting you to the fact that you have mail at the p.o. Just like they currently do.

34 posted on 02/06/2013 5:59:26 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Arrowhead1952

most likely you’ll probably see it later in the day...or make arrangements with alternative drop off.


35 posted on 02/06/2013 6:00:01 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle
Two more grafs from the article:Frigging unions. Although management knew very well what they were getting into.
36 posted on 02/06/2013 6:00:53 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Doogle

Most people won’t even notice. I have one elderly aunt with whom I maintain a written correspondence. In addition to that my wife and I send and receive birthday cards and Christmas cards. The rest of the mail is bills (5%) and garbage (95%).


37 posted on 02/06/2013 6:02:13 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Doogle

I’d be happy to have dependable week day delivery.


38 posted on 02/06/2013 6:02:45 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: muawiyah

“minority employment today is about 25% of the work force”

Maybe in Kansas, no way, no how in every post office I have been to in Califoirnia.


39 posted on 02/06/2013 6:02:45 AM PST by DAC21
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To: Doogle
Contract it out to FedEx, it'll run twice as efficiently for half as much.

My .02

CC

40 posted on 02/06/2013 6:06:00 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Come to Michigan, enjoy the beauty of all 4 seasons- sometimes all in the same day)
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To: DAC21
The post office raised internation package rates by about 40% on Jan, 28th.(especially so for packages under 1 lb) I must thank them for devestating by primary income mail order business.
41 posted on 02/06/2013 6:08:33 AM PST by DAC21
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To: DAC21

Ever been to a post office in North Dakota?


42 posted on 02/06/2013 6:12:30 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: txrefugee
This is fine as a cost-cutting measure but other posters are right that the real issue is that postal workers get pay and benefits that are much more generous than they should get based on a comparison to other workers who do comparable jobs.
43 posted on 02/06/2013 6:12:55 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: 1010RD
Just open 1st Class mail delivery to free market competition. The law created the problem, undo the law.

A plan so crazy, it just might work. ;-)

44 posted on 02/06/2013 6:13:25 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Celtic Conservative

FedEx rates are higher. BTW, FedEx drops the pieces it just can’t deliver to in the mail ~ but you knew that, right?


45 posted on 02/06/2013 6:13:47 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

And who would those workers be?


46 posted on 02/06/2013 6:15:15 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
BTW, the Department of Education which teaches no one anything at all COSTS MORE than the entire USPS ~ and it's 100% subsidized by taxpayers. USPS isn't subsidized.

You'll get more support for government cost cutting by going after the Department of Education,

47 posted on 02/06/2013 6:17:19 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: pgkdan

..several years ago I tried to stop the delivery of a local “free” rag. Tiny little newspaper with mostly ads, but very liberal commentary. I was told they could not stop it from being delivered...it was paid for...
So I Started bundling it, tied nicely, and started to drop off the bundles on the steps of the newspaper office building with a note saying stop sending me junk mail....*smiles* of course no address was involved and I only told one friend. I then started sending “free” rose flower seeds to the editor’s house along with everything “free” pre-paid cards I could find in magazines.....


48 posted on 02/06/2013 6:18:56 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: muawiyah
I do now (looking away, embarassed)

CC

49 posted on 02/06/2013 6:19:15 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Come to Michigan, enjoy the beauty of all 4 seasons- sometimes all in the same day)
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To: muawiyah

May not cut it in half, but it takes a big chunk out of it.

Doubles the life-expectancy of the current vehicle fleet, too.


50 posted on 02/06/2013 6:22:50 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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