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Published: Saturday, Feb. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

The post office was created by constitutional provision. Funny how the right wing fights so hard to protect the 2nd Amendment, but cares little about the constitution when it comes to the post office. The truth is that the right wing has put an economic poison pill into the gut of the service. Why, because they believe that everything should be privatized and because they advocate for the benefit of the private carriers. What a shame.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

Republicans are just trying to break the post office UNIONS, nothing more.

If soldiers unionized they would be against the military as well.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

They should eliminate most delivery entirely. Mail in rural and suburban areas should be delivered to 'superboxes', as it is at my home in Canada, and everyone goes there to get it. More rural areas should have similar setups, but with delivery three days a week, all done by local private providers.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

From Bloomberg

"Political action committees for the seven postal unions contributed $9.6 million from 2007 to 2012 to current members of Congress, 91 percent of it to Democrats and two independents who caucus with them, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from the Federal Election Commission and the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group."

Many of you will acknowledge these donations as a way to sway legislation. And you would be right.
And many of you will bring it up because it is Union contributions to Democrats, two entities you despise.

Do these donations require payback. You bet. And we would all be better off if we could get the money out.

Get ALL Money out.

All political donations buy something. You cannot defend the donations to "your side" while touting the evils of money on the "other side"

Until we get ALL the money out (corporate, union, etc) we will have the best politicians money can buy. Like we do today.

Dektol
Powell, OH

Live in a rural area and the package is still delivered on a Saturday? Why not have the rural carrier just run the whole route? 40 plus miles of driving - already on the route, deliver the mail. Monday will just see it piling up. Small weekly newspapers will have to alter printing days and schedules. Those with Post Office boxes will still get Saturday delivery.
WE did not put the Post Office in this situation.

VIDAR
Murray, UT

The thing that is bringing down the USPS is also what is crippling our country in debt: overly generous retirement programs.
There simply are not enough workers to support all those who have retired.
either we take more from those who are working; or pay less to those are retired.
Another possible soluton would be to only pay social security to those with finacial need.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The businessman’s solution to every problem seems to be the reduction of costs with people employees. All the while ignoring the problems created by the improper use of government to foster business.

The often repeated complaint about pensions being the product of worker unions is simply not true. The notion that there are powerful postal worker unions that can hold sway over influential members of Congress is false propaganda used to cover up the actions to provide business profits to some businesses.

The fact is that technology has diminished greatly the need for home delivery but not yet killed it. I am computer literate and could very well receive and transmit all my communications and payments over the internet. But I am forced to provide for my wife who is not computer literate in the case should I die.

Even so, once per week would be fine for all the things we receive. Even once per month would probably work.

Only the Advertising business needs daily home delivery of their junk mail. Government should not be involved in fostering business.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Why not charge a penny for each e-mail sent and
give it to the post office? This would have the
added benefit of cutting down on unwanted spam
e-mails.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Congratulations to the USPS for acknowledging reality.

William Gronberg
Payson, UT

Taken from DN editorial:

“...postal worker unions hold sway over influential members of Congress...ordered the service pay $5.5 billion a year for health benefits to future retirees – a requirement imposed on no other agency.”

The requirement to pay ahead “for health benefits to future retirees” is PROBABLY not required by law of any business or corporation either in these United States. What a sin to have an organization ( union ) representing the interests of “future retirees”. Corporation boards of directors, stockholders and the House of Representatives certainly cannot be counted on to ensure that the “health benefits to future retirees” are funded. Many corporations are more than happy to let the taxpayer fund their insolvent pension and health insurance funds.

Yes, “health benefits to future retirees” costs vast amounts of money. Ultimately the consumer, and/or the taxpayer, and/or the retiree pays the bills. If not, then they can just die at home, out of sight, like my grandfather did in 1930.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

The USPS is endlessly being tinkered with by conservatives in congress and forced to follow an insane business model. It's driving the USPS into oblivion. I think that's the Republican's ultimate goal.

USPS receives _zero_ tax dollars, but congress dictates which post offices have to remain open and which close, restrict their ability to fund their employees' pensions, and how much they can charge to deliver junk mail, as first class mail vanishes.

I'd like to be in the room when Republicans tell UPS or FedEx that they have to deliver a business letter from Miami to Honolulu for less than fifty cents, and watch what happens.

Let the USPS decide for themselves what the price of postage is, and let them run their operations in accordance with their constitutional mandate, not congressional micromanaging.

Jory
payson, utah

The old switcharoo.

Its against the law for the military to unionize. The first time the soldiers go on strike, they will be considered being in mutiny and will be court marshaled.

Red Smith
American Fork, UT

Deliver mail on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That would be fine.

The post office should create a federal post office email system.

smith@usp.org, required all houses to have an address. Mail never leaves the post office that collects it. All scanned and sent from there.

Paper communications are a thing of the past.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I recently looked up the USPS postal rates from the 1940s, and adjusted for inflation.
A letter today (with no e-mail) would cost $1.20 to deliver, and take on average 2-3 weeks for delivery.

The USPS has done a super-human job of becoming not even more efficient, but faster and cheaper in the meantime as well.

The USPS is being looked as a Union Buster for Republicans - and nothing else.

BTW - Conservatives who say the trust and support and defend the Consitution --
The USPS is Constitutioanlly required.

I've never seen a bigger bunch of liars and hypocrites than I see in today's GOP.

Swiss
Price, Utah

Next time you call 911 you will find why we need house number but should and will phase out postal deliivery.
Helper post office couldn't be closed due to political pressure. Railroad a business could downsize but post office couldn't when it should have.
How many other post offices throughout Utah and the country could be closed and sold to highest bidder. Might even save energy.

Missourian
Fulton, MO

Pure politics, however it is not just the right or just the left. I managed for over thirty years and dealing with unions protecting the employees, management wanting to rid itself of poor employees and budgets that demaded more from all of the employees was like a dog chasing it's tail.
There wer good times when managers and employees were successful. That cam from a togh Postmaster General that did not allow congress to drag their feet. The two in recent memory that stood up to congress were the most successful. William Bolger and Marvin Runyon. Bolger raised rates in face of the rate commission and challenged them to be more responsible. Runyon reduced the number of employees by 60,000 in one day and the result was three years with multi million dollar profits. Never before seen and not since he left.
There are solutions and the Postmaster General is moving forward with plans to fix this mess. If congress will get out of the way and let him do the job he has been hired to do he will put the USPS back on solid ground with a 15 billion dollar surplus.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

It might financially help the Post Office if they charged the same rate for bulk junk mail as they do for first class. That would cut out a lot of it and they could cut costs and reduce staff. You don't see the private carriers handling junk mail. They know it is not possible or profitable given their more cost efficient pick up and delivery approaches. And, I for one could do with less junk mail that I mostly just trash anyway.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Hmm? Send billions of dollars to mid-east countries, but lay-off postal workers here.

Where's the logic?

OHBU
Columbus, OH

It is entirely disingenuous to blame the Postal Workers Union for these troubles. What we have are GOP congressmen who see an easy target, and talk about overblown unions and wasted expenditures. The truth? The USPS receives no tax money...so why should they have to appeal to congress? Also, the thing that is killing them isn't inefficiency or the low cost of letters, it is the congressional mandate that they prepay the pensions--a provision most certainly not demanded by the unions.

How about you put that provision on other branches of government that give themselves ungainly raises and waste taxpayer dollars? Best example of that is Congress--worst union of them all. They band together to demand a raise, the only difference being that there is noone on the other side of the bargaining table to fight them.

1covey
Salt Lake City, UT

What would happen if the US Post Office did business like UPS or FedEx, etc.? Mailing costs surely would rise- only that which is worthwhile would be mailed. If this means the end of junk mail, I'm all for it!Most communications go by email. Save a lot of trees.

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