A tough fiscal lesson, right there in the mail

  • Article by: ERIC WIEFFERING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2011 - 2:07 PM
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margtcMay. 29, 11 9:52 AM

Folks need the post office open on Saturday because the regular hours of operation are typically during work hours - duh. Things like this drive me crazy. If they adjusted their hours during the week, there would be no need to be open on Saturdays. If the union workers don't like the hours, then use non-union folks who would love to have a job. Require more people to have PO Boxes; raise the rates (but not just to support worker benefits). Most importantly, government involvement in any enterprise doubles the cost of any enterprise. Get them gone. Sure, the USPS isn't an agency, but they might as well be.

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briechersMay. 29, 1110:21 AM

These entities that are half government / half private have not worked out too well, e.g., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Anyway, there must be dozens of ways of solving this problem. Deliver bulk mail weekly as a trade-off for the lower rate. Change the frequency of rural deliveries. Keep only central post offices open on Mondays, close the rest. Change the hours of service in remote areas. It is another example where the lack of flexibility because of regulation and unions is bigger problem than the hourly wages and benefits. Like most things run by the government, there is no room for judgment. We pay people management salaries to act like robots.

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scottyhomerMay. 29, 1111:05 AM

If a business finds that extended hours don't make money, it cuts those hours. That's what the USPS is trying to do, but Congress won't let it. The politicians are forcing the USPS to lose money, because they would receive many complaints from constituents where the Post Office has closed. It might cost them votes, even though it is the right thing to do.

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spud11May. 29, 1111:23 AM

Clerks work the windows. The large majority clerks work at night in sortation. Most clerks are union- so logically most clerks accept non- traditional hours working at night. The mail is a service, not a business. Show me how a profit motive added would lower the cost. 'Doubles the cost"- Really ???? Factually based comments carry more weight.

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mmcfetrMay. 29, 11 2:54 PM

The USPS should be able to close post offices that are too costly. The USPS mandate it to deliver mail to all, not to retain all buildings where they currently operate. Mail prices should reflect costs, not be tied to inflation. Can you imagine a successful business functioning that way? Airlines raise prices due to increased fuel costs. Um, the USPS uses fuel to deliver mail. Change the hours to noon until nine P.M. four days a week. State, county and city offices should also change hours and reduce days of service to cut costs. If citizens can deal with no service on Saturday and Sunday, we can deal with no service on Friday, too.

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creed1776May. 29, 11 4:49 PM

I read alot of articles regarding the post office. Most are writen by people that are not familiar with how the Postal service is structured, or how government is linked to it. The writer of this article seemes to have done his homework. Thank you. You really can't compare the postal service to private companies. The Postal service has a congressional mandate to administer universal service to the entire country 6 days a week. The constitution mandates that the Postal sevice be there. There are at least 2 reasons why. #1 the postal service binds the country together, well social media does alot of that now, however take a drive through middle america and see all the small towns with no internet service. they love and need their Post office. #2 more important now is the nearly one trillion dollar buisness that works through the Postal service. Eliminate the Postal service and watch all more than 1 million jobs disappear.

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jimmyb007May. 29, 11 5:00 PM

The USPS may not be charging enough for services. What is the cheapest rate you can ship anything with FedEx or UPS....guessing it is greater than the price of a stamp.

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ddellwoMay. 31, 1110:25 AM

Gee, just another case of the government getting involved in something it has absolutely no clue about -- running a fiscally sound operation! Given the government's antics over the past few years, do you really think anyone is surprised?

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akitayojiJun. 1, 1111:32 AM

Excellent article!! I am a USPS supervisor in Minneapolis and the general public has no idea how tight we are being squeezed right now to reduce work hours, overtime, sick calls, etc. At the same time, we must increase customer service, with less workers! It is getting ridiculously insane and highly stressful. One thing that this article did not mention is that 112,000 jobs were cut without laying off any employees. Mail a LETTER!!! PLEASE!

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