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Postal Service reports massive $5 billion loss

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<stimulating the economy with tussin.

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i get my checks by mail... those are pretty important.

No direct deposit?

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Of couse there are. You can not assuming universal Internet access even today. In 2010 it was estimated that as much as 25% of residences did not have Internet access.

Ironically, the people who lived in those residences without internet access were the most productive employees in the United States.

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Of couse there are. You can not assuming universal Internet access even today. In 2010 it was estimated that as much as 25% of residences did not have Internet access.

My guess is the costs can either be passed along to the receipient in those cases (i.e. charge those who opt for a papercheck mailed to them over DD), and if not, that it's still much less expensive to send these documents to individual places once a month than it is to operate a largely unncessary service to every address 6 days a week.

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My guess is the costs can either be passed along to the receipient in those cases (i.e. charge those who opt for a papercheck mailed to them over DD), and if not, that it's still much less expensive to send these documents to individual places once a month than it is to operate a largely unncessary service to every address 6 days a week.

Now we're talking!

This same type of brainstorming approach should be applied to every part of the 1940 style goverment programs to streamline them all.

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Is there anything that needs to be delivered by mail anymore?

Jury summons. $10 check from nana two weeks after my birthday. That's really all that matters.

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Now we're talking!

This same type of brainstorming approach should be applied to every part of the 1940 style goverment programs to streamline them all.

Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not, but here's the deal. If we all come to the agreement that it's okay to operate the USPS at a reasonable loss, that's fine. It's a service provided to the tax payers by the tax payers managed by the Federal Gov't, so I get it that it may not be profitable, much less fiscally sound. But upwards of $10B or whatever that figure was is absolutely uncalled for, especially when it's largely a useless function of not only government but modern day life.

By and large, if you need something mailed to you, you should be responsible for the delivery service charge. As is the case with everything else, if it becomes unfeasible to pay for these things, we create a better way to do it.

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Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not, but here's the deal. If we all come to the agreement that it's okay to operate the USPS at a reasonable loss, that's fine. It's a service provided to the tax payers by the tax payers managed by the Federal Gov't, so I get it that it may not be profitable, much less fiscally sound. But upwards of $10B or whatever that figure was is absolutely uncalled for, especially when it's largely a useless function of not only government but modern day life.

By and large, if you need something mailed to you, you should be responsible for the delivery service charge. As is the case with everything else, if it becomes unfeasible to pay for these things, we create a better way to do it.

Not that it has happened that often, but I am totally and enthusiastically agreeing with you.

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reaching across the aisle in the huddle

Hey ya'll, don't look!

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The whole system needs to be re evaluated. I can have "junk" calls stopped from coming into my home, why not "junk" mail?

You actually can. The companies sending you mail get your address from mailing lists that are sold by the post office. You can have your information removed.

It won't cut it off completely, but it can significantly minimize it.

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A lot of companies depend on direct mail for business.

Significant rate increases could result in a lot of job losses outside of the post office.

I think they should either reduce delivery to 3 days per week or stop delivering to every home on a public road. Instead, set up post offices in Walmart stores or some other national retailer with significant national reach and leave existing post offices in areas without that luxury open. Make people pick up their mail rather than having it delivered.

I'd pick my mail up once a week, I don't need to get it every day. Anything important I have delivered via email anyway. If you want to have it delivered every day (like a business), that provides opportunity for private companies to start local mail delivery services in areas with the demand for it.

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