The End Of An Era – Mail Delivery Only 5 Days a Week ?

The Postal Service is thinking of changing delivery service to 5 days a week – stopping delivery on Saturdays. What a shame! NOT! I mostly hate the Post Office. Here in Arizona I do not even have a mailbox out in front of my house. I have to go pick up my mail down the block at the community mailbox bank.

The USPS is losing money, constantly, and that money is YOURS & MINE! Thankfully, most people are doing a lot of the same things that need the postal service now through the internet such as pay some bills, send Thank Yous,  so perhaps we’ll be able to cut some of the excess.

The statistics show that The Post Office, like our Government is a losing proposition.  It seems that they are now only in business to keep the Gov’t. machine going to pay benefits to present and  future workers. How crazy is that?

One thing I really want to know, is how come just because you work for the Government you end up with lifetime benefits and health plans? I’m not talking about just the Post Office now, but like our fabulous Government Officials in Washington, ie. the politicians, they end up leaving office, and having lifetime golden parachutes and lifetime health benefits. Why are they SPECIAL? Is this one place we can cut back on our over-stretched National Budget? Why aren’t Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and the Prez. expected to have ObamaCare if it’s so damn good that all the people in all the land should have it?

Most politicians come in with money, are well paid, why in Gods name do they need lifetime benefits covered by the taxpayers? I don’t remember companies in the free-market coddling their people like that.  Perhaps that’s why service is so mediocre at best at Federal or Government run facilities. Some of these workers know they are working their 40 hour shift no matter how slow they work, but in the long run, they’ll get theirs…. the benes? (benefits)

I do not want to disparage a whole group of people, it’s just that it cannot be denied that sometimes when entering a Government Facility like the Post Office or the DMV it is more often than not you get a slow, inattentive surly worker. If this was not true I do not think it would be such a prevalent joke. But perhaps they could cut back on bad workers, get rid of the Unions, AND get rid of the Saturday service.

(C) Written by Evelyn Garone  7/20/11


About Evie Garone

I am an outspoken woman with independent views of the world. I am spiritual but also realistic. I've successfully raised two men who I've sent off to college and am now following my love of the arts, including painting, drawing and writing. Thus, two blogs, two books I sporadically work on, voracious reading, among other loves keep me busy.
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6 Responses to The End Of An Era – Mail Delivery Only 5 Days a Week ?

  1. stevebetz says:

    I actually think the post office does a remarkable job. They’ll ship anything across the continent in a couple of days — and for a letter, it’s still less than fifty cents. That’s crazy. One of the reasons that the PO operates at such a deficit is that if they charged what it actually cost to manage the mail of 300,000,000 people, they’d have to charge 5-8 times more (comparable to charges in the EU) — but they keep it low so that the poor can mail things without too much of a burden. If they charged what it costs, of course, people would go ballistic about that. It’s a no-win situation for the PO.

    You also should remember that pensions and lifetime healthcare used to be the norm for workers in America. Corporations — way more interested in saving money than the government — figured out about 25 years ago that had to stop as even then healthcare costs (and a longer-living population) were impacting the bottom line — so we ended up with 401ks and managed care. Also remember that the government pays crap compared to industry and one of the few perks left to being a government employee is decent healthcare. Again, if you raised the salaries of workers (in exchange for jettisoning the post-retirement benefits) you’d then hear complaints of “overpaid’ gov’t workers. And if you keep the salaries low AND get rid of the benefits, then the only people that take the jobs would be mouth-breathers — and is that what we want in public servants?


    • Evie Garone says:

      Steve, It Is true that the cost of a stamp & the delivery of a letter across the country is an amazing thing ! I guess sometimes I get get caught up in the rhetoric and the worst case scenario . . . and as usual the politics come shining through! Ha, ha, ha! Thanks for keeping me honest! Of course there are both sides of the coin! Evie


      • stevebetz says:

        Oh — I get the frustration, because you KNOW that there’s a lot of waste in the government and it seems that there SHOULD be enough money to do the things that gov’t ought to. I think the question is: how much waste should we as taxpayers be willing to shoulder? 5%, 10%, 25%?


  2. haha … the one who is posting the comments


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