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End to door-slot mail for millions
Yahoo-ey News ^ | 5-22-14 | PAULINE JELINEK

Posted on 05/22/2014 4:32:16 AM PDT by Paul46360

"WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would have to go to communal or curbside boxes instead under a proposal advancing through Congress.
The Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on an 18-13 party-line vote, approved a bill Wednesday to direct the U.S. Postal Service to convert 15 million addresses over the next decade to the less costly, but also less convenient delivery method."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: delivery; government; mail; money
Can anyone say MEDIA BIAS???!!!
1 posted on 05/22/2014 4:32:17 AM PDT by Paul46360
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To: Paul46360

I like my mail delivered through the door slot.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 4:36:27 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Paul46360

privatize, that will save the most

I get real sick and tired of the surly molasses like service at the Post Office

When I go to UPS, it is quick, efficient, neat and friendly


3 posted on 05/22/2014 4:36:35 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Paul46360

Certainly more effective than closing post offices.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 4:45:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Paul46360

Racists.


5 posted on 05/22/2014 4:49:04 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Paul46360

Didn’t they keep pretending the USPS was running as a quasi-independent company? They spend millions running ads and sponsoring stuff, like they did the Tour de France stuff, but can’t figure out how to cut the waste or raise the price of junk mail?


6 posted on 05/22/2014 4:51:08 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Dusty Road
I like my mail delivered through the door slot.

That's for mail?? I thought it was so I could peek in on cute neighbors.

7 posted on 05/22/2014 4:51:26 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Paul46360
Well then, this mail carrier will be one of the last to win the grand prize on America's Funniest Videos with a video about delivering mail thru a mail slot....

http://www.localsyr.com/story/d/story/baldwinsville-family-wins-grand-prize-of-trip-to-w/35367/sukHKByScUKbVrhXNAJqPw

I added this comment only because I just saw this episode this very past Sunday and thought it relevant.

8 posted on 05/22/2014 4:53:06 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Paul46360

It’s a royal pain for me to get to the curb - I use a wheelchair


9 posted on 05/22/2014 4:54:33 AM PDT by DaveMSmith (Evil Comes from Falsity, So Share the Truth)
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To: Paul46360; Gamecock; F15Eagle
Looks like one too many people decided to "stop" their mail delivery. See what happens now? Postmaster General Brimley is none too pleased.


10 posted on 05/22/2014 4:55:12 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Dusty Road
I like my mail delivered through the door slot.

So does my dog. Around noon he starts anticipating the postman's arrival, pacing back and forth to the door. When it does happen, he goes into an absolute rage, barking/growling with that killer tone and hackles up. He often grabs a circular and shreds it. On holidays and Sundays he can't understand why his favorite prey has not arrived.

11 posted on 05/22/2014 4:55:32 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

My Jack Russell’s favorite time of the day.


12 posted on 05/22/2014 5:02:17 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: DaveMSmith

They’re cutting my post office back to two hours which is fine for me, not so much for people who happen to work during those two hours.

My UPS man says they’ll end up raising their rates because of it. They make most of their deliveries in my little town to the post office unless otherwise specified. Forcing them to make door to door deliveries will force them to hike prices.


13 posted on 05/22/2014 5:04:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Paul46360

Yep, it is all the Republicans fault that they bled another how many billions last year?

snip for NYT article; “WASHINGTON — The financially troubled Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.9 billion in the second quarter, the same amount it lost over the same period in 2013, postal officials said.”

In actuality, one can say that the Republicans are complicit in that they have shown no inclination to trim the wings of this horrible excuse of a so-called independent agency.


14 posted on 05/22/2014 5:04:44 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Paul46360

I have to drive a couple miles to the post office for mail, they can walk to the road or down the block.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 5:07:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: yldstrk

Other than the apc, I don’t use the post office at all. Almost everything is ups or FedEx and both are way better than than the USPS on any given day.

I’ve kept a ups store box for years. I don’t like packages dropped on the doorstep when I’m not home. They sign and send me an alert at from the store.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 5:09:11 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: yldstrk
privatize, that will save the most

Do you really want minimum wage undocumented guest workers handling your replacement credit cards?

17 posted on 05/22/2014 5:13:36 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Paul46360

Allow private delivery of junk mail after a necessarily massive price increase by the uspo. After the market price is established and the uspo is reorganized based on less mail to deliver, let the private sector do the same with first class mail, then shut down the uspo.


18 posted on 05/22/2014 5:13:47 AM PDT by First Authority
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To: GreenAccord

That was a hilarious video. Definitely a candidate for the Viking Kitty Squad.


19 posted on 05/22/2014 5:15:42 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: GeronL
They spend millions running ads and sponsoring stuff

We can't figure out which market the big and expensive USPS Spiderman ad campaign is supposed to target.

20 posted on 05/22/2014 5:16:08 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: GeronL

I never did understand USPS advertising. Does anyone NOT know that there is a postal “service”?


21 posted on 05/22/2014 5:18:40 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Beagle8U

I sat on a friend’s porch in town one day and watched them make deliveries. They parked at a corner and one guy walked around the block while the other guy sat in the truck. When thing 1 was done, thing 2 got out and walked around the block while thing 1 sat in the truck.

Another problem with the USPS is the fact that they aren’t allowed to raise their rates as needed. Plus the government has also mandated liabilities funding for the USPS that private companies don’t have to do.

The sad thing is that once the USPS is killed off, the feds will impose price controls on UPS and effectively turn them into the USPS.


22 posted on 05/22/2014 5:20:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: GeronL

Seems that while USPS is practically privatized (complete with monopoly & tax exempt status) the board of directors (government cronies) won’t approve rate increases anywhere close to what’s needed.


23 posted on 05/22/2014 5:27:17 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" - Obama, setting RoE with his opposition)
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To: Paul46360

Think of the people who get welfare checks who will be put at increased risk by “out in the open delivery.” This is a raisis program!


24 posted on 05/22/2014 5:28:27 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Paul46360

The feral government spends less on performing its actual constitutional duties so it has more for the politicians and bureaucrats to steal, scam and feather their own nests.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 5:29:03 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The “fourth estate”has morphed into a 5th column)
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To: cripplecreek
Another problem with the USPS is the fact that they aren’t allowed to raise their rates as needed. Plus the government has also mandated liabilities funding for the USPS that private companies don’t have to do.

Indeed, a purposeful hobbling by the privatize crowd. Personally, I hope they do privatize...oh the bitching and moaning as prices skyrocket.

26 posted on 05/22/2014 5:36:54 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: wally_bert

I have a post office box at a medium-sized post office here in Maine.

I filled out a short form, and they allow me to use their street address in order to receive packages from UPS and FedEx at the post office.

For packages sent by UPS or FedEx, I would give them my first name and last name, the street address of the post office on Main Street, followed by either the pound sign #
or the word “Unit,” then my box number, then the city, state and zip code.

I wouldn’t like packages dropped on my doorstop, either. Besides, my residence is difficult for UPS to find anyway.


27 posted on 05/22/2014 5:42:00 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: Paul46360

they WON’T bring a package to my house I have to sign for. I have to drive 19 miles to the post office and get it. it does not matter if I call and say “I will be home” they still won’t bring it.

But they stuff the box full of junk every day..


28 posted on 05/22/2014 5:45:03 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Paul46360

In Canada, they’ve had ‘community mailboxes’ in new subdivisions for 30 years. Effective before the end of next year, that will extend to ALL urban residential delivery. Businesses will still get regular delivery. All the fault of CUPW, the postie’s union.


29 posted on 05/22/2014 5:55:42 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: Paul46360

My neighborhood has had communal mailboxes since it was built in 1987. I think there’s six or seven locked boxes to each unit. I walk across the street to get my mail. A few years ago they replaced the original ones with units that have two larger boxes on the bottom for packages. If you have something bigger they leave a key to the package box in your normal letter delivery box, which opens it but cannot be removed by residents. You leave the key in the lock and the letter carrier takes it out the next day.

I could see these being an issue in places with severe weather, and for handicapped or elderly people. Otherwise it’s no big deal.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 6:03:32 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Paul46360
You know, I think most people wouldn't have a problem with this — if it fixed the problem. But we all know that the US Post Office will STILL screw up and lose billions!

Unless and until you fix the Union issue nothing will ever change in the US Postal Service, everything else is just like giving aspirin to a cancer patient.

31 posted on 05/22/2014 6:04:14 AM PDT by Obadiah (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Most trailer parks and newer subdivisions here have the community boxes as well. I’ve always thought they should do it in the cities.


32 posted on 05/22/2014 6:04:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: yldstrk

We own a Goin’Postal franchise in N.J. If there is one near you try it.


33 posted on 05/22/2014 6:08:38 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (y)
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To: Paul46360

Your health care under Obamacare will be run by some of the same people who oversee the US Postal Service.


34 posted on 05/22/2014 6:08:41 AM PDT by Obadiah (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Pretty sure that ‘welfare checks’ have long ago been replaced by EBT—Electronic Benefits Transfers-—and that money transfer is done electronically.


35 posted on 05/22/2014 6:43:03 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Paul46360

Where I live the community boxes have been broken into and mail stolen,Boxes and locks repaired.Again,break ins.
The post office no longer has home delivery ,you have a PO box at the post office.


36 posted on 05/22/2014 6:51:48 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: Larry Lucido

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nKlzQo3Wqo


37 posted on 05/22/2014 7:00:02 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: NCLaw441

Same here with PG&E. They run ads about how they are all from your town and working around the clock to get electricty to you. They must think it makes their mandatory outrageous bills more palatable.


38 posted on 05/22/2014 8:13:43 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Nobody gets welfare checks anymore. They all have EBT cards that are automatically loaded when the ‘check’ is due.


39 posted on 05/22/2014 8:15:24 AM PDT by sheana
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40 posted on 05/22/2014 8:22:56 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: yldstrk

“I get real sick and tired of the surly molasses like service at the Post Office”

Just like the “surly Black kids” who take two minutes to cross the street while you wait in your car, and all the while they are giving you that “go Eff yourself look,” and show you the crack of their a$$es.


41 posted on 05/22/2014 8:43:28 AM PDT by vette6387 (n)
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To: peteyd

I’m, running on shutting the post office, the VA, the EPA, and Education. I’ll add to the list as I go.

Here’s the plan for privatizing the mail service.

If a company has a business license to operate in a county or sate, they must make a postal pick up within 2 business days of receiving a call from anyone within the area. At least two pick ups per month.

They can do sooner if they want to be more competitive. People will pay more to have letters and bills picked up if they cannot or chose not to use electronic methods.

Packages will be delivered by UPS, FEDEX, DHL and anyone else as they are now.

The USPS will close in 2018 and the buildings and other assets sold off.

Employees have three years to retire or get another job.


42 posted on 05/22/2014 8:51:24 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: ctdonath2; NCLaw441; NautiNurse

I get it, they spend millions to advertise to those few souls without an address, like the homeless and the people who live way out in the woods and Alaskan bush....

or something


43 posted on 05/22/2014 9:50:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cripplecreek

They are doing it on my street before the snow flies. (Sorry, I lie. In Calgary, it has snowed in every month.) Before November, they should have the change complete. The problem is, This neighbourhood is 40+ years old and there remain quite a few original owners in their late 60s or older. For many of them, it will be tough to get their mail, especially with snow and ice covered sidewalks. I don’t know how Canada Post will deal with that.


44 posted on 05/22/2014 2:58:48 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: Paul46360

Not sure of the guidelines but centeralizing mail drops has been going on for several years.


45 posted on 05/22/2014 3:06:05 PM PDT by deport
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