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What Do You Think of the Post Office? How Would You Fix It?

Is there a solution to the declining revenues of the U.S. Postal Service. Is it an agency that still is viable?

People tend to have strong opinions of the post office, or more properly, the United States Postal Service.  From crabby clerks in the post offices themselves, to the love expressed for the individual letter carrier, there are strong feelings for the agency called on to carry the nation's mail.

There has been discussion of dropping one day of mail delivery as the Postal Service struggles to cope with declining revenue from the services it provides. Email has all but replaced regular letter writing, leading fewer people to buy postage stamps, which always seem to inch up in price.

There has even been . Missouri U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill have sponsored legislation to try and prevent such closings in the state.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

The third fiscal quarter of this year (April 1 – June 30) ended with the Postal Service racking up a $5.2 billion loss, compared to $3.1 billion loss during the same period last year. One bright spot is the 9 percent growth in the package delivery sector, which largely has been the domain of FedEx, UPS and other shippers.

Discussions with Congress continue on such issues as the Postal Service's retirement plan and on shifting to a five-day weekly delivery schedule.

So, what do you think of the Postal Service? About your local letter carrier?

And what changes would you recommend to keep the Postal Service viable so it can continue to bring the mail to your door?

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PaulRevere September 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Taylor: My whole family is Union. I am proud of all of them. I have commented much here. There is no comment that you can point out my being against "PRIVATE INDUSTRY UNIONS". That is why you need to stop reading propaganda. ALL OF MY COMMENTS RELATE TO "PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS" Those unions "Steal the People's Money" Those unions Force the people to pay for Services NOT necessarily used. Those unions could care less about their fellow worker. Those Unions would watch their brother's layed off JUST TO take raises themselves. Those Unions look at the Private Homeowner as the "SLAVE" to pay for something they never Need. Those Unions are not "compassionate" to our children. Those Unions would gladly Hold a child across the neck and Force every Resident to PAY A TAX INCREASE or else ---WE WILL STRIKE. YES! Those Unions are BAD for every Worker trying to make a living in America. Thos unions are "MAFIA LIKE. So don't tell me about "Public Sector Unions" It is the Private Sector unions That I SUPPORT 100%. So take your Public sector Union demands--Start your OWN schools and let's see how many people would actually afford your "obnoxious" TUTITON Wage demands.
PaulRevere September 01, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Taylor: One more Point- Firemen and Policemen Unions are at the Top of my Love-$support list. They -Sir Protect me every-day. They are Defense we ALL USE against the forces of "People evils and Evils of Nature" YOU are incapable of making that destinction on UNIONS. YOU actually are wrong about Unions helping Workers get a better Pay. Public Sector Unions are the Single most reason Cities Go Bankrupt. In case you missed my previous posts--Go google --San Jose Calif-San Bernadino Calif-and Stockton Cal--Harrisburg Penn-- and soon some Illinois Cities about to fold. ALL---ALL--ALL--ALL-- BANKRUPT because of the "Public Sector Unions" WHO destroyed- Not helped --Many Financial Lives of Hard working Americans Forced to pay a "Stipend" to a work force that is now considered the 1%.
Val Nostdahl September 30, 2012 at 09:59 AM
background of the USPS, The post office, its past record, its present condition and its potential relation to the new world era, Daniel Calhoun Roper, chairperson of the United States Tarriff Commision, and First Assistant Post Master General, 1913-1917. www.postalmag.com/joygoldberguspsstress.pdf, or AWPU 3800 first area tricounty local , PA , library, "How the ongoing violation of the guiding principles of the USPS are creating a toxic work enviroment", www.billburrasjounral.org-misc ( do search in goggle to find) go to elevator scroll read " phoney excuses for diverting usps revenues" and ' myths versus facts" ALEC/Koch Cabal The Privitization of the USPS for Ups and FedEx, bob sloan, vltp( net) also do search to find , examiner.com Tim McCown , june 10,2012, "behind all the schemes and lies of the privitization of the USPS." sribd( net) The battle for democracy and the USPS, www.savethepostoffice.com, and post office in crisis, the michigan postal workers union at www.mpwu.com/post_office_in_crisis.htm
Val Nostdahl September 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM
up until 2006 when the postal service made a big profit, postal workers had taken cuts in pay, health benifits and retirement benifis worth 200 billion, in 2000, 2001 they were made to pay in an extra 15 percent to thier retriement systems, fers and csrs , both congress and the president thanked them for their sacrifice, the increase was removed in 2002 and then the paea was passed by voice vote in 2006, along with that 72 thousand dollars a year increase was givng to pmg potter and 12 others, while postal craft employees are takinga reduction in work force for having overpaid in retirment system by billions of dollars, see postal comments to the federal trade commision august 6, 2007, federal budget treatment of the usps, oig report 2009, reduction of staff via attrition is touted as a gradual process in which 244,000 people have not been replaced in the workforce with expanded retirment that is being taken out of the profits of the USPS .Along with that their have been sucides due to the lack of replacement of attrition, deaths by heart attacks, strokes and also on the routes of the usps, due to overwork and stress in the workplace, plus stealing of paychecks or time clock rings that has been denied in the legal system as well. solutions is that this never should of occured in the first place.
Harold Clifton October 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
At least once a week, my mail goes to the wrong address, and "sometimes" I get it sometimes I don't. I say lets start running the Post Office and the goverment as a business. If they don't make a profit. FIRE some people,,CUT cost, Or CLOSE it down. With the internet, smartphones, tablets. I really don't see a need for the Post Office. If I ran my company like the post office, I would be out of business, or maybe I could go and make myself some more money, like they always do.

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