Skip to comments.End to door-slot mail for millions
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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I like my mail delivered through the door slot.
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
Certainly more effective than closing post offices.
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?
That's for mail?? I thought it was so I could peek in on cute neighbors.
I added this comment only because I just saw this episode this very past Sunday and thought it relevant.
It’s a royal pain for me to get to the curb - I use a wheelchair
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.
My Jack Russell’s favorite time of the day.
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.
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.
I have to drive a couple miles to the post office for mail, they can walk to the road or down the block.
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.
Do you really want minimum wage undocumented guest workers handling your replacement credit cards?
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.
That was a hilarious video. Definitely a candidate for the Viking Kitty Squad.
We can't figure out which market the big and expensive USPS Spiderman ad campaign is supposed to target.
I never did understand USPS advertising. Does anyone NOT know that there is a postal “service”?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Indeed, a purposeful hobbling by the privatize crowd. Personally, I hope they do privatize...oh the bitching and moaning as prices skyrocket.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Most trailer parks and newer subdivisions here have the community boxes as well. I’ve always thought they should do it in the cities.
We own a Goin’Postal franchise in N.J. If there is one near you try it.
Your health care under Obamacare will be run by some of the same people who oversee the US Postal Service.
Pretty sure that ‘welfare checks’ have long ago been replaced by EBT—Electronic Benefits Transfers-—and that money transfer is done electronically.
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.
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.
Nobody gets welfare checks anymore. They all have EBT cards that are automatically loaded when the ‘check’ is due.
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“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.
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.
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....
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.
Not sure of the guidelines but centeralizing mail drops has been going on for several years.