Thursday, January 29, 2009

The End of Six Day Mail Service?

In testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee yesterday, Postmaster General John "Jack" Potter indicated the U.S. Postal Service may have to cut back to five day a week delivery. Potter cited rising costs and the increased decline of mail made worse by the ongoing recession. Obviously the increased use of electronic mail has played a major role in the decreasing volume of mail.

Potter's suggestion, if enacted, would likely would mean the elimination of mail on Saturday or Tuesday, the slowest days of the week for the Post Office.

That's a change I think most people could live with. I receive some of my bills electronically and pay all my bills over the internet. The one area where the daily mail delivery continues to play an important role is in the practice of law. The state rules still require that attorneys who file documents, serve opposing counsel the old fashioned way - "snail mail."

Hopefully, the Senate will also revisit the idea of ending the postal monopoly on the delivery of first class mail.


M Theory said...

Great, this means one less day a week I have to suffer having litter (junk mail) deposited through my mail slot directly into my foyer.

Anonymous said...

This is the end result when government is in charge of any enterprise. It fails. Expect more failure with the Democrats in charge of the country. Prepare yourselves for the New Raw Deal.

Sean Shepard said...

I actually have always wanted mail service expanded to Sunday. I hate having a day when, despite our modern electronic activity, important communication cannot get delivered.

*IF* the USPS is going to cut out another day, I want open competition for regular mail delivery and to put people in charge of the use of their mailbox instead of the existing government restrictions (that prevent newspapers or flyers being deposited there).

End the USPS monopoly.