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January 9, 2021 · OPINION

Perhaps the postal service should return to its roots

By John Green

I went out to the mailbox yesterday, Jan. 8, and picked up the usual amount of junk mail and two pieces of first class mail. Another Christmas card. That makes four for the week, all mailed before Christmas. I also had first class letter mailed Dec. 22. Only took 17 days to get here.

Last Wednesday was a great day. We received a check we had been waiting for. It ONLY took 20 days to get here. We had hoped to get it in December for Christmas. Now we can use it for estimated taxes.

Slow mail makes for problems, like in paying bills. We paid our DIRECTV bill the day we got it and dropped it in the mail. After Christmas, we received an email saying a late charge was being applied. I called DIRECTV and said the check has been in the mail 10 days. They were not impressed. Pay up or you’ll be disconnected. What am I supposed to do, mail another check?

When you are hit with late charges your credit rating goes down. You could be hit with higher interest rates or denied credit. And what about people who get their prescriptions by mail?

Every day our mailbox has lots of junk mail. You can’t tell how long it takes to be delivered. But junk mail costs 80 percent less than first class mail. At the start of the Civil War letters (mail) from the War Department in Washington, D.C., were reaching Fort Sumter, S.C., overnight.

Business as usual at the post office cannot continue. They have been running multibillion-dollar debts for years. We’re paying 55 cents per first class letter, having our mailboxes stuffed with cheap junk mail and still paying for their debt. How stupid are we?

And this just in from our tax preparer: Estimated taxes are due Jan. 15. We recommend you make direct payment from your bank or send check by certified mail, return receipt requested.

Nobody trusts the U.S. mail, Let’s bring back the Pony Express. They could do the job.
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RGLJA · January 21, 2021 at 9:25 am
@cammie The date for paying estimated taxes has nothing to do with the date for filing your annual income tax return.

Yes, the USPS has been slower this year, than ever in my lifetime. One check mailed from Texas to Virginia than normally takes 4 days or less, took 35 days to reach me this month. There are thousands of articles about this topic. Google it.
TADD · January 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm
All that is happening are the rise in their prices. Apparently, Amazon made a deal which they agreed too and it brought financial harm. The two must be in the same bed together.
BestKeptSecrets · January 15, 2021 at 3:24 pm
We agree. I sent my daughter a St Pat's day card last year with money, never got there. I just received a card that was sent Dec. 14. Most of our Christmas cards arrived several weeks late because of the post office delays.
badelectronics · January 12, 2021 at 3:17 pm
Poor Deno, still can't spell.
It's everyone's fault but his. Poor fella.
Poor sad little guy. Sadz.
Myhometown · January 12, 2021 at 9:55 am
Instead of slinging mud at PO workers trying to do their job dealing w/ poor management (can you say DeJoy?), being slammed w/ the enormous increase in parcel delivery due to online shopping, and worrying about contracting COVID, perhaps addressing the reason for the USPS being in debt would be better. The fact that the USPS is required to pre-fund health benefits years in advance is the reason for financial trouble. On Feb. 5, 2020, the House voted to end the mandatory payments toward the health benefits for future retirees, advancing a measure that would eliminate a controversial requirement the cash-strapped mailing agency has defaulted on for years (a mandate established by the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act). The Senate has not taken a vote as yet on this bill. If and when this requirement is addressed and no longer mandatory, then the USPS can get out of debt. So instead of just complaining, tell your representatives this is what needs to be done to fix the problem. Also maybe a thank you to your USPS carrier would be a nice gesture.
Denosthenes · January 12, 2021 at 6:46 am
QUOTE: badelectronics · January 9, 2021 at 10:16 am
Blue line American flag stickers?
Punisher? Dixie Flag? You have been labeled.
Insurrectionist. Good luck job hunting!!!


You are goo little Nazi, aren't you? What is next? Yellow stars? Concentration camps for reeducation? Liberals are truly disgusting sub-human beings.
Demosthenes · January 11, 2021 at 7:17 pm
Well, when you support a pres who chooses a postmaster general who purposefully dismantles the postal system so that mail in votes come in late so the pres can erroneously claim that the election was "stolen" this is what you get...
jim goodwin · January 11, 2021 at 5:45 am
This is how Democrats, like Silii, "win" arguments. BY PERPETUATING LIES until they are accepted as fact.
jim goodwin · January 11, 2021 at 5:44 am
This is how Democrats, like Silii, "win" arguments.
1) The postal service had been PLANNING to remove those sorting machines for many months before any plan for mass mail-in ballots. The reduction was a 15% reduction of machines overall.
2) Package volume for the postal service is up but MAIL VOLUME CONTINUES TO DECLINE.
3) Given the volume of mail handled by the USPS at any given time, the ONE EXTRA PIECE OF MAIL per voting age citizen represented by a mail-in ballot would have a NEGLIGIBLE IMPACT on total mail volume.

As to the issues with the postal service in the rant above? Every major package delivery service experiences delays in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This is nothing new. And it is exacerbated by the CCP virus.

So let's NOT print more money to fix this temporary problem.
Silii · January 10, 2021 at 11:26 am
This is a direct result of what Trump ordered done to by postal service last summer by the fool DeJoy. Removing and destroying hundreds of high speed mail sorters and cutting hours with the intent of causing mailed in ballots to arrive late. Of course, that ploy failed because people across the country mailed their ballots early enough, voted in person, or dropped their ballots off in person. What is the surprise, then, that the postal service is still operating on one instead of 8 cylinders? The Biden administration has this debacle on its list to fix.
Denosthenes · January 10, 2021 at 7:36 am
I am just posting it as I see it.
Cammie Rodgers · January 9, 2021 at 7:56 pm
Damonthenes - What's the matter, they kick you off Parler, Facebook, and Twitter?

Cammie Rodgers · January 9, 2021 at 7:54 pm
I do all my bill paying and transfers of funds online through my bank. No late fees, no bills missing, no problem.

You can also stop most junk mail by going through "Stop Junk Mail For Good With These 4 Steps."

April 15th is the IRS cut off date to file taxes, where did you get Jan 15th?
Damonthenes · January 9, 2021 at 4:19 pm
Democrats are party of hate, racism and antisemitism.
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