February 07, 2013
Elizabeth Ford, a South End retiree, outside the Post Office in Roxbury.
It is too much.
I go into a post office once a year to buy two books of Christmas stamps - if they were sold in the grocery store it would be more convenient. I receive a lot of flyers in the mail and I wish I could stop those types of deliveries. I would be fine with mail deliveries 2 times a week. Not sure why anyone would find it difficult to survive with 5 days. If the post office cut down to 5 days a week for businesses, and twice a week for residential, people wold grow accustom to it quickly. Daily postal deliveries have become sentimental, rather than a necessity. This is a perfect example of a system that needs to be streamlined.
Yup, they could streamline the 24/7 news broadcasts too. Boil all the drivel down to about 15 minutes, save LOTS of energy, both broadcasting and clowns sitting there with the TV on waiting for something new to be said, hour after hour. All that electrical gear adds to Gore's globaly warming. Oh, wait, 24/7 news is for someone's CONVENIENCE....ahhhh. Like some people think saturday mail is convenient.
So who is Sarah Lockwood and why are her views on the U.S. postal system worthy of quotation in a major metro newspaper, except that she is almost certainly a friend of some Globbie. . . . Sarah and Annie from FR don't use snailmail because it is too slow... Well... whoopee... who cares? I get a card from a longtime friend or a reminder from a doctor or a bill that details something important... all by snailmail. Personally I don't care if they keep Saturday mail or not, but what I do care about is something like twice a week residential delivery like youthful chickiepoos suggest, just because their lifestyles can get along without it.
Which is more likely -- that Sarah and Annie use the US Postal Service, or buy the Boston Globe?
Myself? I have never been too interested in what any 21 year old has to say about anything, except when I was 21. Really important mail arrives via the post office, a person has a copy of it, and does not need to print it themselves.
No, postal cuts show economic divide, not generational. The poor, the disadvantged, those are the ones who need government services such as the Post Office.
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PL, many OLDER people do not use computers. Just the way it is, jeeze.
Luckily my mailbox is near the trash cans...I just take the junk mail and throw it in everyday.
Still tink first class mail is the best deal around. You can send a piece of mail anywhere in the U.S. for under 50 cents. And it usually gets there in a few days. Do use it much these days, just the occassional greeting card or non-online bill, but its a great value when I need it
Nothing we get in the mail lately is close to urgent these days. Most stuff (at least 80%) is junk that gets recycled unopened.
If they dropped my mail delivery to two days a week I would see no detrimental effects. Divide each delvery area into three sections. Section one gets delivery on M & Th, section two on T & F, and section three W & S. You could then cut two thirds of delivery staff.
I can't imagine that any individual needs daily delivery. Keep it for businesses and gov offices with a justified need, but no one else. Tons of money to be saved.
People are different. I get all my bills by mail, even though I pay them using my bank's web site.
I don't trust anyone to automatically bill my bank account and receiving bills in the mail reminds me to make sure I have enough money in my checking account. If not, I transfer some funds before paying the bills.
I also subscribe to some magazines, such as The Economist and Consumer Reports. I look forward to getting them.