Email Killing Off The Postal Service's Blue Street-Corner Mailboxes

from the the-decline-and-fall dept

For years, we've been hearing stories about how the rise of the mobile phone has helped kill off telephone booths. It seems that technology may be putting the hurt on another street corner icon: the blue post office mailbox. Apparently, with all this email stuff going on, the US Postal Service is removing thousands of the recognizable boxes (apparently they own a copyright on the design). Some have been removed out of worries over being terrorist targets, but most of the 42,000 boxes that have been removed have been due to lack of use. If a mailbox gets less than 25 pieces of mail per day, it's a candidate for removal. Of course, you have to give the Postal Service some credit, as they seem quite sensitive to the anger that removing these boxes seems to cause. They post a public notice, and it sounds like if enough people protest, they leave the box. While this may seem to conflict with recent stories that talk about how the internet has saved the Postal Service, that's a different situation. It's definitely built up the Postal Service's business in shipping packages. But, the street-corner mailboxes aren't used for packages -- but just first class envelope-mail. So, no more phone booths, and no more mailboxes. What's next to disappear from our sidewalks and street-corners?

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 9:10pm

    "What's next to disappear from our sidewalks and street-corners?"

    it definantly wont be the whores.

     

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    Frink, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 9:16pm

    "What's next to disappear from our sidewalks and street-corners?"

    and it won't be the crack dealers either

     

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    Kyros, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 9:31pm

    I think it'll be the pavement....but we should keep the whores and crack dealers...regardless, this was to be expected.

     

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    Stu, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 9:33pm

    I wonder what little old granny and grandpop will do when the box near their home disappears? Theirs may be some of those 25 letters. Do they have to walk or take a bus to mail their monthly bills?
    Damn post office was never interested in letters. They make money on bulk mail and packages.
    They are not a business - they are a taxpayer supported government service that is supposed to provide a service to all citizens. Not just profitable ones.
    Damn! I am sick and tired of the commercialization of our government.

     

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    charlie potatoes, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 9:41pm

    hey you!

    just who the hell is the curmudgeon around here? this is my corner!

     

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    Rick, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 9:44pm

    Yea you can protest BEFORE they go, but not after. I recently moved into an apartment complex that was renovated. During the yearlong renovation, guess what? Nobody mailed anything in the boxes as 75% of the residents moved out - so the box was removed.

    Now we have no secure place for our mail other than a 2 mile trek to the nearest box/post office. I don't drive. :(

    Complain? I tried - they could care less. Besides it taking about 30 minutes to even get a local phone number by conning it out of a clueless CSR on the national 800 number you get put on endless hold and redirected from person to person to finally be told they will not put it back.

    Once they're gone, they stay gone.

     

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    Andrew, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 9:49pm

    I don't know about anybody else but 25 letters a day seems like heaps to me. as its not likely that its only going to be 25 people posting 1 letter everyday but a hundred or more people posting a letter once a week.

     

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    glitch, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 10:17pm

    oh the shame of it all

    i lived in a small town for 3 years, and was about 3 football fields from the post office...they did not deliver mail to my side of the street...but did on the other side

    so, i moved to my new palce last january...i now live less than 100 yards from the post office..if fthere wasn't a building on the corner, i could actually see the post office looking out my front door, and again, no mail delivery at the house

    first, they say there is no sidewalk, then say there is no place to mount a rural mail box so they could drive up and deliver my mail [althouhg i have a mail truck pagking right next door to me, in a driveway, while the delivery person talks on their cell phone...lol] but i do however get a free post office box, the small size

    and there are other problems also...i am one of the few that had always had luck with mail-in rebates...ever read one ??? they will be turned down if you use a PO Box number

    add to that trying to order online...the PO has refused to deliver mail addressed to my street address for my debit/credit cards and Fed Ex and UPS can't deliver to anything but street addresses...lol

    the most ridiculus was when i got a post card that DHL couldn't locate my street address and i had to call and arrange for delivery....and was then told they didnt deliver to home addresses and they would only deliver myt package to the Post Office that served me....even though they had to drive right past my residence to get to the Post Office...roflmao

     

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    Josh Maher, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 10:21pm

    comments 1 & 2

    Craigslist will catch up and 1 & 2 will disapear in time (don't ask me what that time is, but some amount of time). Don't forget they used to hide in houses until they wanted the freedom of the street, eventually the freedom of the internet will prevail.

    As for the post office, I always thought they should offer an official type email address that is issued at birth, could be number based (3541235785435@uspost.gov), but if they implemented reputation services, encryption, and signatures...a lot of problems with identity management could be solved and many more official documents could be put online (so long as you used your government issues email address). I haven't really examined the issue closely (that's my other time problem), so I'm sure it's been debated elsewhere. I'd love to hear what you think though, or be pointed to someone who has a good reason why this model would not be feasible. http://joshmaher.wordpress.com

     

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    Computra, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 10:33pm

    Did everyone forget you can put a letter in your o

    The postman can pickup letters from your own mailbox.......Yes it's not as "secure" as a post office box, but surely there is one within walking distance. I know in my area they certainly haven't disappeared. I don't feel so sorry for the "granny" story....in fact I know alot more grannies that can walk longer distances then most of the overweight younger generations. Remember change is good, and walking is good for you.

     

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    glitch, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 10:35pm

    RE: #9

    that is no workable

    A: my mother doen not and never will own a computer, nor will she ever agree to pay for [or even have to] pay for online service..period

    B: i have quite a few "friends" and family members who change ISP's more than they do their socks

    C: who or how will the mailservers be paid for ???

     

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    glitch, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 10:44pm

    well, Computra

    there is no mail box for me to use and the ONLY blue box in this small town sits in front of the post office

    many people do not realize that there are locations that do not offer home delivery..i go thru this almost everytime i place an online order

     

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    Josh Maher, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 10:48pm

    Re: RE: #9

    A: of course your mother won't...by the time you are your mothers age though, will that story be different?

    B: ISP's are irrelevant

    C: at $.37 per letter, the cost is not hard to account for...if I never had to buy a stamp again I would pay $.40 at least

    D: If UPS and FedEx can successfully dominate over USPS in packages, their cost model drops significantly and a "no office" model would have incredible benefits

     

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    Computra, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 11:06pm

    Hey glitch

    Yes there are about 3 generations that will need to die off before technology will work. I would highly recommend those who still buck it, they should move to communities who use technology sparingly. I have several close by me. They are called the Amish and Meninites (these guys use some technology). Seriously don't laugh it really does work for some folks!

    Email is pretty portable so for the gentleman that used the reason that his relative changes isps more often then socks......

    "many people do not realize that there are locations that do not offer home delivery..i go thru this almost everytime i place an online order"

    Not sure if you read what I said correctly. You can put a letter in your own mailbox for the postman to pickup. I wasn't talking about incoming packages. Federal law states the postman has to pickup a letter from your mailbox as long as it has correct postage on it.

     

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    glitch, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 11:10pm

    attn: Josh

    i have a niece b=nd a nephew, and also a younger sister [not the mother to either] who have no computers and none want them, personally, i have given up arguing with them..but that shows that some people will never adopt computers [i have been into comps since the early 80's]

    even if the USPS has their own maiservers, you still need an ISP [i have 3. 2 dial-up and a cable connection]

    as far as myself, i would prob adopt to that quickly, but, how long until junk mail permeates the postal service ? and you just cant trust the govt to block out unwanted emailers, esp if they are willing to pay

    in the late 1960's, when i applied for my social security card, i was told to never give that number to anyone and it would never be used for anything excpet thretirement program, now, you cant do anything wiothout a SSN

    i personally would love to live long enough to see even a part or your dream come true, but, i am, i guess, a skeptic

     

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    Dam, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 11:22pm

    Re:

    Stu - the USPS always made their biggest profit on first class mail, It subsidized bulk mail for years. When the USPS became a quasi-private organization, it became illegal for them to run any class of mail at a deficit.

    Much of the USPS income is now from standard mail, because first class mail volume has declined so much in recent years. But it's still a major profit center for them. Every bank and credit card issuer still mail millions of statements each month. Granny's letters never were a big money maker; commercial first class was and is. Priority Mail letters and parcels are a big money maker too.

    Disclosure: I operate a business that uses the USPS for a good deal of our shipping, and that's because they are efficient and less expensive than the commercial carriers. They ain't your father's post office anymore.

     

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    glitch, Oct 13th, 2006 @ 11:25pm

    I read you, Computra

    and times do change..i have no mail box i can use

    i aksed the post office if they would deliver to me if i mounted one, and they said NO

    i live on one end of a small "city" block...100 yards from a post office, a football field away, i have a bad heart [only a transplant would help] and walk with a cane, and it takes me less than 5 minutes to walk to and from the psot office.

    honestly, it is easier for me to walk to the local PO than it would be to drive to it...lol,,,,but they dont advise me tio drive anymore

    my younger sister is a nurs and uses a computer at work, and my nieice worls in telemarketing, they just dont want them taht far in to their lives [my niece and nephew will be forced to come around to reality if/when they have kids of thier own]

     

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    vince carney, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 12:05am

    Re: oh the shame of it all

    To get around your rebate problem, put both your street address and your PO Box # on the form.

     

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    plawler, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 12:24am

    What wil be next to disappear?

    The newspaper vending machine, of course. :o)

     

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    glitch, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 1:04am

    vince, i did that [and an aside to anoyone else]

    and on the rebate check, the PO attached a lime green sticker stating all my mail had top be addressed to the PO Bos, it was
    name, street address, PO BOX, city state zip...ya just can't win...lol

    this used to be an issue with me, and i am not making any of it up..but, there are always stupid little goofy "glitches" to most problems...UPS/FedEx need a street address, and the PO requires debit/credit card mailing address to be my PO Box. And DHL needed my street address instead of my PO Box so they could deliver the package to the Post Office ! And i have younger family and friends who dont want to use computers. There are and will always be BUTS

    I use a small local bank [across the street from the PO] and they tool care of the debit address, and i started using PayPal more. FedEx Ground, FedEx Express and UPS all have a card with my name, address and phone # taped at ther office, so that was resolved. And as far as the Post Office, if I get anything that is too heavy for me to carry, the janitor calls me when he is either quitting for the day or going to lucnh, and I meet him on the sidewalk and he drops it off [which by USPS regulations, he can't do] I refuse to deal with DHL, period...

    in this town, there is an apartment building at the end of the PO parking lot, that shares a commoe property line, that does not get home mail delivery. that is a reality and government regulations.

     

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    Surly Curmudgeon, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 1:36am

    Re: hey you!

    hey charlie i've been the surly curmudgeon for 30 years. someone else gave me the name and it stuck, but it's not patented. go ahead and use it.

     

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    tek'a, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 1:45am

    removed boxes

    so they are being removed.. where do ya think we could find those boxes? figure 2 or 3 stashed away in a garage for 20 or 30 years would be a great kinda keepsake for family.

    "ya see little billy.. back before we had the matter transport system, everything had to be moved by people. see here? this is where a man would come, yes, every day, and pick up piles of letter that had been sitting there for Hours!"

     

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    Ana, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 6:55am

    You have a pint there!

    You´re damn right!

     

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    RevMike, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 7:51am

    Re: Re:

    I operate a business that uses the USPS for a good deal of our shipping, and that's because they are efficient and less expensive than the commercial carriers. They ain't your father's post office anymore.

    For me, the killer service is Priority Mail. It seems that almost every large envelope/package I send isn't urgent enough for me to send overnight, but I'd rather not wait for it to travel via parcel post either. The cost difference is typically small for small parcels, so Priority Mail is a great service.

     

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    Stu, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 9:05am

    Re: Grannies can walk?

    It must be great to be all knowing about the physical limitations of our 300 million people - and to tell everyone how they should live their lives. Just get out there and jog you old people.
    Be careful what you think/say. Karma has a long memory.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 9:18am

    Re: Re: Grannies can walk?

    Stu,

    Don't forget you may get old someday.

     

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    Stu, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 9:19am

    Dam - I'll take your corrections as all true.

    Nevertheless, my comment about Granny and the role of the USPS stands. I'll restate it way down here:
    They are not a business - they are a taxpayer supported government service that is supposed to provide a service to all citizens. Not just profitable ones.

    BTW, and with sincere respect for the other people here:
    Side issues such as which private or public mail/shipping service is best, obscures the important topic at hand, which I see as being the continued distortion of government's proper role.

     

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    Stu, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 9:25am

    Hey, Anonymous Coward

    Perhaps I wasn't clear enough.
    I was responding to, and disagreeing with, the person who suggested that the Grannies need more exercise. I'm on Granny's side.

     

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    Stu, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 9:28am

    I just noticed

    I just realized that this has been a very popular subject.
    Wouldn't it be nice if the government gave a damn what we thought about things?

     

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    Elmer Vargas, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 9:48am

    lol

    Whats next to dissapear of sidewalk and street corners?
    How about Sidewalk and Street Corners!

     

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    Sam, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 10:27am

    Yeah...

    Yeah, ever since i got the internet, ive been getting my viagra spam via e-mail instead of postal...how strange

     

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    Gabriel Weldon, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 12:37pm

    The US govt is as corrupt as any other corrupt govt on our planet. Iv'e seen two house where the usps driver either told the howmeowner to move their old mailbox or just flatout refused to deliver the mail. Rain or shine my ass. The usps is just another exmple of a govt job gone to shite as it seems they all have. The 'govt' doesn't care & the workers only work for the pay & don't care either.
    Even so they are the most efficient mail service in the world but sadly are not a service as they were meant to be, but simply another us govt bowl of shite.

     

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    WhooTAZ, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 12:40pm

    Wanna Pay 2.00 per stamp to mail something?

    With the tendencies of GOVT, soon you will be paying 2.00 per stamp if you do not remove some inefficiencies...

    I am sure they could do more but to lessen their retirements or health benefits. I doubt that will happen. Thus, 42000 non vastly used blue boxes will be gone....

    Supply and Demand are the rule here and for most that doesn't mean a hill of beans and they B__ch about everything....

     

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    WhooTAZ, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 12:46pm

    Concrete is expensive

    Soon they will be replaced with wooden pallets! Nice for walking the dog or jogging...

    One spill and you will retire from both activities....

     

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    charlie potatoes, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 3:17pm

    Re: Re: hey you!

    "THE surley curmudgeon" my ass.
    i don't need any johnny-come-lately curmudgeon wanna be tellin me its ok to say 'curmudgeon'..
    fuck you, towel head.

     

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    doubledoh, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 4:11pm

    f the govt

    The goddamned govt has no right to monopolize mail service in the first place. Let there be competition

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 4:12pm

    curmudgeon

     

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    WhooTAZ, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 4:17pm

    Govt

    Just think of the mess if there were 100 companies to compete with the USPS! It would wind up costing more money and probably 5 times out of 10 your mail would get lost......

    None would be big enough to have a presence in all loactions and thus the had off from one to another company would make a mess of everything and delays would probably coinside.

    USPS is a big agency that does a good job for what must get sent and delivered... Indeed there is waste amongst all F Govt agencies but I would not want privateization of the US Mail!

     

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    Stu, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 5:58pm

    Re: doubledoh - Let there be competition

    doubledoh said, "The goddamned govt has no right to monopolize mail service in the first place. Let there be competition."

    Dear doubledoh,

    We live in a COUNTRY not a COMPANY.

    All the talk of privatizing government functions is great UNTIL PRIVATE INDUSTRY SCREWS YOU.

    Then you'll go running to YOUR (goddamned) GOVERNMENT to save your butt, because the private company providing government functions won't give damn about you.

    Be careful what you wish for.

     

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    comboman, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 7:40pm

    Solution is easy

    The Post Office needs to sue internet users. Every time you pay a bill on-line or send an email instead of a letter, you are stealing 39 cents from the Post Office.

     

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    Ashley, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 8:29pm

    The Post Office is adapting to the changes of our

    The postal service is not supported by taxes or government funds. Since it is semi-privatized, it makes sense that they would want to maintain a profitable business and cut losses whereever possible.

     

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    thejoeandchip, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 10:30pm

    street lights will be out soon with the heavy use of web 2.0 linux embedded head lamps. you think i am kidding dont you, you will all see.

     

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    mr, Oct 14th, 2006 @ 11:13pm

    Such a strange mix

    Libertarian capitalists on one side, disgruntled socialists on the other!

    I guess I'll come down the middle here.

    The USPS, for many reasons, some of which aren't economic, is probably best kept as a default, semi-monopoly for mail delivery. Yet on the other, technology is moving forward every day, making USPS traditional functions less necessary and attaching a larger opportunity cost to using it every day.

    Therefore, obviously people will bitch, but like using taxes as a means to push the market towards desirable results, slowly phasing out USPS services such that it becomes slightly more difficult to use over time insures that old stubborn dogs learn new more efficient and modern tricks.

    Yes, there shall be bitching, but it moves us towards greater efficiency (besides, grandma will be dead in the long run, as will we all), and keeping to my libertarian heart, hopefully phasing out the USPS ultimately means tax breaks. :)

    Oh, and privatizing mail wouldnt mean companies would 'screw' us. It'd probably raise quality as long as it was deregulated to a large enough degree. But if it wasn't, then you're right, competition wouldn't really exist. I swear sometimes duopolies and the likes are indeed worse than big malevolent dictator companies/agencies.

     

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    Stu, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 6:19am

    Re: Such a strange mix by mr

    MR said, "Libertarian capitalists on one side, disgruntled socialists on the other!"
    ---------------------------------
    Dear MR,
    I appreciate your post. It is thoughtful and meant to add value to our conversation. In that spirit, I would like to make a few friendly comments in reply.

    1) Labels (libertarian, socialist, etc) take away from any serious discussion because they carry too much meaning. Everyone has their own interpretation of a what a label means and whether it is positive or negative. All one has to do is read a blog or letters to newspapers to understand the negative impact of labeling. Much better to avoid them.

    2) IF I was one of those you labeled a "disgruntled socialist", let me tell you just a little of my background.
    Enlisted in the US Army at 18 years of age, served as an air traffic controller. Worked in offices, then business equipment system sales for a gigantic company. Worked as a salesman for small business equipment dealerships, then became a partner in one. Worked in the software industry. Started several reasonably successful businesses in other fields, including IT, internet sites, graphics, business system consulting (analysis and recommendation type consulting). Sold them and retired for a while. Now the IT manager for a business owned by my nepwhew. I'm not a socialist - I'm a capitalist. Not a stubborn dog - old maybe :))

    3) The USPS has to change to meet changing conditions, and over the years they've gotten better at it. I have nothing against FedEx , Airborne or UPS being in the market. I use them every day, along with the USPS. The opportunity cost/benefit choice is mine. Governent should not remove that choice, and that includes taking away the corner mail boxes.

    4) There are some services that governments simply must provide. We take them for granted to such a degree that they become invisible, and therefore, undervalued. If they disappeared we couldn't function or have the opportunities we have now. Everyone takes all the credit for their own success; but they could not have achieved the same successes in countries that didn't offer the same environment - including certain government services.

    5) Grandma and grandpop will be dead in the long run, as you say; but you will be grandma/grandpop then - and alive. I hope we don't permanently run out of old folks, don't you?

    6) When talking about the benefits of deregulation, I ask that you read history (and the daily newspapers) to learn why these regulations were passed. They didn't come about in a vacuum due to mistaken ideological goals. They usually came into being due to an abuse of some sort - they were needed. There has to be a balance, but, in the end a person has to count on the government for protection. Where else can one go? Look at any industry: legitimate insurance claims denied, auto safety, Enron, spinach, etc.. The list is long and the need will never go away because conditions change and human nature unfortunately doesn't.

    7) About tax breaks. I love them and take all I'm entitled to; but the constant harping about taxes is a political tactic, and misleading. US citizens and US corporations, pay among the lowest taxes in the developed world. Not low enough? Compared to what?

    What's the price per gallon of bottled water? "In 2004, total U.S. consumption of bottled water 6.8 Billion gallons, an 8.6% advance over 2003’s volume level. That translates into an average of 24.0 gallons per person." (Source: Beverage Marketing Corporation)
    I don't hear people complain about it because it is not a tax. They pay HOW MUCH?? for WHAT?? (pardon me but WTF!!!)

    We live in a country - government has legitimate service providing functions that must not be evaluated by profit or loss, or privatized - we need taxes - get over it. PS: you hate waste and so do I.

    My thanks to anyone who got this far.

     

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    Rub3X, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 10:42am

    So?

    It's less mail they have to pick up, might save some time. Post offices aren't going anywhere anytime soon so I don't see why it's a big deal. Mail is pretty essential currently.

     

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    Susan F. Heywood, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 11:52am

    USPS future is in packages

    Although, I didn't identify with the two paradigms listed, I do know quite a bit about mail and electronic marketing, and from that perspective did want to defend the USPS.

    Basing perceptions of the viability of the USPS on the mail that is sent using the blue boxes would be like saying that Western Union would not be able to survive without its telegram business.

    The USPS is more proactive in strategic planning, farther along in implementing online technology and more consistently efficient in executing to its plan than many private companies taxpayers have had to bail out.

    Having worked with direct mail for the last couple of decades, I can say that there have been major changes in the USPS strategy as I most recently commented on last January in my blog.

    Focusing on the small package market with flat rate priority mail and special seller services has been very effective in capturing the revenue, not from the bill paying that is replaced by online payments, but from the more profitable package business generated from Online ordering that is growing in use.

    The USPS has not stood still as the electronic world has developed, either. The USPS leverages technology in its marketing and uses a combination of Online and traditional direct mail, as well as advertising in trade publications like DM News to make small to medium sized businesses aware of the advantages of shipping USPS.

    Adding electronic services to its market offering and providing supplemental services to other carriers such as Airborne are two more ways the Postal Service has expanded the number of revenue streams from which it can draw profits, now and in the future.

    If USPS were allowed to operate without the constant challenge and constraint of Senate budget machinations, it would be profitable.

     

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    P White, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 12:22pm

    Whats next?

    Sidewalks are next and in many places they are already gone.

     

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    steve, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 12:47pm

    save your local box

    in order to help save your local postal box you need only to look towards your magazines. Take all the prepaid post cards that fall out and instead of recyicling them, deposite them into your local postal box

     

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    Josh, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 3:38pm

    with the way things are going on the automotive front, it might be gas stations in like 60 years.

     

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    ZeroCarestate, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 3:43pm

    Re: The Post Office is adapting to the changes of

    You are right, since 1972 the USPS has been self sufficiant,

    http://www.nalc.org/postal/perform/selfsufficient.html#subsidize

     

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    Chris, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 5:58pm

    This is old old news in some areas...

    In fact, after 9/11, they removed the boxes on my street citing 'safety reasons'...like a terrorist would be so put out that he couldn't toss anthrax in my box he would just give up rather than do the extra 4 blocks to the post office.

    The boxes have been disappearing since 9/11 around here. I suspect it's always been about the post office saving money even back then.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 6:01pm

    Being a former mail carrier, I was always told that the USPS only relied on the U.S. Gov. to bail it out in times of emergency, like the anthrax equip. it had to buy a few years ago. Otherwise, the USPS is supported primarily by the postage you pay, and they are just preventing postage hikes through increased efficiency in this case. Afterall, mail workers have to go out and physically pick up mail from those boxes every day of the work week. 42,000 boxes=tons of man hours throughout the work week.

     

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    The Swiss Cheese Monster, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 6:55pm

    Re: comments 1 & 2

    No.

    The last thing the government needs is more numbers for people to steal.

    Most government workers can't wipe their asses correctly, let alone do something important like protect the privacy of its citizens.

     

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    The Swiss Cheese Monster, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 7:00pm

    interesting.

    I get the feeling that the next presidential election will focus more on the post office and its fucking blue boxes way more than any other issue.

    Who knew that the USPS could insite such emotion and debate from people.

     

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    socrates3001, Oct 15th, 2006 @ 9:06pm

    Re:

    In my neighborhood, the post office comes to our door every day. The do this regardless of mail deliveries to my house. There is a bar code under the lid of the box that the carrier must scan when in the neighborhood. I have not had to drop off any mail at a box since I moved here.

     

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    Gardner, Oct 16th, 2006 @ 12:43am

    Re:

    Or the weeds and ants.

     

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    Anon, Oct 16th, 2006 @ 5:51am

    Next to Disappear?

    "What's next to disappear from our sidewalks and street-corners?"

    Hopefully, the next to disappear will be the mass of power and phone lines as they are moved underground.

     

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    Kap, Oct 16th, 2006 @ 6:56am

    Re: Dam - I'll take your corrections as all true.

    Stu,

    Hate to tell you this but the post office is not supported by tax payers its 100% supported by stamp/service/merchandise sales. In fact they have to give free services away to the government IE polictical mailers and even charities out of their own revenue.

     

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    chris (profile), Oct 16th, 2006 @ 12:14pm

    how do you protest

    i'll bet you a book of stamps you have to send an email somewhere :-)

     

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    Stu, Oct 16th, 2006 @ 3:30pm

    KAP Please read #

    KAP Please read #44 for the heart of the problem, from my humble viewpoint. It's framed as a reply to MR's post - #33.

    Also #52 from a USPS employee has some good info.

    I believe Ashley is correct that the USPS is "semi-privatized", getting subsidies under certain conditions.

    However, as interesting as the posts have been, I believe the main issue was the removal of a service that many citizens find essential.

    For that subject, I ask people to read my post #44 - specifically items 4, 5 and the final paragraph.

    Thank you all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 10th, 2006 @ 1:25pm

    Re: oh the shame of it all

    Learn how to spell idiot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2007 @ 5:47pm

    Re:

    The post office is NOT a taxpayer supported service. It is a self supporting goverrment agency that is required by law to end each year in the black. Taxes DO NOT pay the salaries of postal employees!

     

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    Larry, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 5:39pm

    Re:

    If you weren.t wuite so stupid you would know that gradma and pa can just put the mail in the mailbox on the house and the mailman will pick it up, easy huh.

     

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    Reuben, Jan 26th, 2007 @ 11:59am

    Re:

    The USPS post office is self supporting and is not supported by your tax dollars.

     

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