You are going to have to give up junk mail on Saturday

You will soon have one day less crap filling your mailbox.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to end Saturday mail delivery, in one of the most significant steps taken to date to cut costs at the struggling agency.

Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, said at a press conference that the move is “absolutely necessary” as part of a broader effort to stabilize the service’s troubled finances.

“Making this change to our delivery schedule is a big-ticket item,” he said. “It would be irresponsible for the Postal Service not to pursue this course.”

I’d say that about 9 out of 10 items in my mail go straight into the garbage; I am not exaggerating. I don’t know when I last received a letter.

The USPS has about a gazillion trucks and a gazillion union hacks to deliver a gazillion, gazillion pieces of junk mail. Anything I really want comes via Federal Express, UPS or more and more, via email. As far as I am concerned, the USPS can raise the rate of first class mail to a buck, reduce delivery to Tuesdays and Thursdays and deep-six 75% of the operation.

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5 Responses to You are going to have to give up junk mail on Saturday

  1. Flatearther says:

    instead of rasing the price on 1 class mail they should triple the cost of the bulk mail to achieve:
    1. more revenue
    2. less paper in the landfills across the nation
    3. less fuel burned trying to deliver the junk

    maybe its time to outlaw junk marketing???

  2. BigJimTX says:

    I was listening to the radio yesterday, and they talked about this topic. They had mentioned that packages will still be delivered Saturdays; it will only be regular mail that is stopped.

    UPS and FedEX deliver Saturday for an extra fee. I only check my mail once a week and I try to avoid package delivery by USPS if possible because they just aren’t as good as the others.

    I’m with you RD, deliver Tuesday and Thursday and start trimming the fat.

  3. Z says:

    It seems the enviro folks should be all over all the junk mail that is mostly useless to most everyone

  4. sortahwitte says:

    I was pretty sure the usps was headed for the shitter about 10 years ago. The public service blurb on tv was about telling your congressman to support a certain bill to help fund them. Then the request to e-mail them your concern.