Patch's Poll: Can The U.S. Postal Service Be Saved?

Monday's announcement of the closing of mail processing centers means 'next day delivery' could become a thing of the past

For years the U.S. Postal Service's financial woes have been discussed and there have been cutbacks in an effort to reduce the agency's staggering deficit.

"Patrick Donahoe, the postmaster general, has repeatedly said that by 2015 he hopes to cut $20 billion from the agency’s annual costs, which are now about $75 billion," the New York Times reported Monday. "He has called for closing up to 3,700 of the nation’s 32,000 post offices, while reducing deliveries to five days a week from six, and cutting the agency’s work force of 653,000 employees by more than 100,000."

On Monday the USPS announced it will shut about half of its 487 mail processing centers across the nation. This could mean that "next-day delivery" becomes a thing of the past.

What do you think? Can the USPS be saved? Should it be saved? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments - do you ever go to the post office?

Lynda J. Jean December 07, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I rely on the post office, seeing I have a business on a street that mail deliveries do not offer and must have a PO Box so that I do get my mail. So I am without a doubt relying on the Post Office to delivery my mail for our business.
Laura December 07, 2011 at 05:13 PM
I'm with you Thomas - they should raise the fees for junk mail! Advertising costs are increasing everywhere else - why should it be different with the post office?
Josephine Mokriski December 09, 2011 at 04:06 AM
I agree with most things John Sheehan has to say, also congress should get out of the way of the Postal Service and let it run its self. Regarding the service and friendlieness of the workers I have never had a bad experience in either Branford,Guilford or Madison. If you have a problem how about reporting it to the manager who in turn can rectify the situation.
Nancy December 09, 2011 at 08:20 AM
as much as it might seem irrelevant, it wasn't so long ago that rural areas not only did NOT have daily mail, but it was iffy and unreliable as heck. what has changed was the means to transport the mail bags (they still use them!) across distances, and rather than go as far back as horse and carriage, they claimed great success when railroads began hauling the TONS of mail from east to west. now each competitor uses air freight services to move TONS of parcels completely around the planet. now we use internet to move our many of our messages (encrypted and secure) in fractions of seconds to each other. the old concept of having 'paper in hand' is usually only for LEGAL/CONTRACTUAL purposes (the blasted lawyers!) or sentimental lovebirds separated by no good reason. the business of moving parcels (boxes, weighty stuff) around efficiently, was hijacked by use of dirt cheap fuel (for trucks/planes) combined with smart use of technology by Fedex, UPS, and the 'other ' mob of wannabe delivery services. the commercial parcel/courier have unions, but they also work their people like hell. they trim business fat like it was poison and they show a profit. they also only deliver 'on demand', not on a guaranteed schedule as the post office does. they would sink if they had to provide the same service the post office does, on every street, every day, everywhere.
Nancy December 09, 2011 at 08:22 AM
until those plump mouthpieces we call legislators in Congress actually feel any pain, will they assist the citizens. but don't hold your breath waiting, as they have control of all the hot air space available.


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