Don't close post offices

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  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2012 5:54 a.m.

    Can any one tell me why we cut service to Americans while at the same time we do not cut foreign aid overseas?

    How about pressure groups for an answer!

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 8:24 p.m.

    The Post Office has been mandated to pre-pay retirement 75 years into the future by Congress, making solvency impossible. It is not the wages or fringe benefits that have put the burden on the tax payers or employees. Why is there no discussion of them being handcuffed. Time to use Google.

  • Mr. Bean Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    Firstly, Alfred, your dad was right. The Post Office was never set up to make a profit.

    The problem is competition... from UPS, fax, internet, on-line bill paying services offered by banks, etc. I haven't paid a bill via mail in several years which means I don't use many stamps.

    In light of this competition, the Post Office, of necessity, must cut staff and close offices. And it also must cut wages and fringe benefits which is the real killer.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    I agree with this letter. It is an enumerated constitutional function of the National government to "establish post offices and post roads". Article One, Section 8.7.

    I think they serve a good purpose; we still rely on them for sending and receiving parcels. The postal rates are very reasonable. In my experience the post offices do a good job and they are usually small in rural areas and not too big in larger populations.

    Junk mail annoys me but apparently it helps to keep down the cost and price of other deliveries.

    I would concentrate on removing the hundreds of unconstitutional government departments instead of tinkering with one that is legal, is not oppressive, is based on user fees and does a fine job. I don't think I have lost anything in the mail in my entire life.

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Unlike Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, SCHIP,loan guarantees to Solyndra etc the Constitution specifically authorizes a postal service so you do have a constitutional right to mail service. That said, there is a difference between operating at a loss and losing several billion every quarter.
    As other posters have shown there are lots of ways USPS could save money- just like every other branch of Government it has to learn to do more with less (actually in the case of USPS they need to do less with less)

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Jan. 16, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    I think the numbers are against the post office. Various forms of electronic communication have drastically cut the demand for first class mail and even document delivery.

    I have seen more than one rural area with several post offices located in very small towns. If those are to survive, they will likely need to become contract post offices (privately run, often within a larger business - the old general store with a post office inside was like that). But true, dedicated post offices will likely need to consolidate drastically.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 16, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    When I was a boy, our little town had a "post office", which was simply a room in someone's home - a room with an outside entrance. Six miles away was another small town, a town at least ten times larger than ours. Its post office was free standing, but still smaller than most of our garages. We had to go to the post office. There was no home delivery.

    Years later, we became a "rural route" and the postman delivered our mail. Decades later, the post office in that second small town became a million dollar building with at least a million dollar a year budget - even though the population in that town had dropped drastically.

    It's time to return to the idea of a post office without home/business delivery. If the workforce was cut by ten times or by one-hundred times, if people had to pick-up their own mail, if junk mail senders realized that their mail always ended up in the post office's garbage can, then prices could be reduced to the point that people would send an occasional letter to their families.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    Talk to the tea party.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    If you go out to feed your livestock and only one comes; do you leave the whole load?
    Smaller towns should have post office; but that does not mean a whole building.
    set up a single room out of a grocery store, with one employee