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laruemtt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:03 PM
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No snail mail if the government shuts down?
just thought of this......
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brer cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:05 PM
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1. USPS has it's own funding
Will continue, rain, sleet, snow or dark of night.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:06 PM
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4. Right. It gets its funding from postage.
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GKirk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:08 PM
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8. Aren't they running
a massive debt too?

How do they keep in business?
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:18 PM
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9. They have no control on postage rates, products/services provided,
and are required to give universal delivery. That means I have to drive ten miles round trip on a one lane road to deliver one piece of bulk business mail. I have to go there even if I don't have mail. The customer might have outgoing mail and I am required to check. If the road is impassible, I can skip it though.
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GKirk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 07:13 PM
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13. Sounds like you are a mail
delivery person, what is your take on no Saturday service? As a customer it doesn't bother me.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 08:52 PM
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15. I was. Five day delivery will not happen any time soon. Six day works for
The customers, and the workers.
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GKirk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 10:01 PM
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18. I understand it working for the workers
but how does it benefit the cusomter? I own a business and depend on the mail to deliver customers checks but I can wait for Monday, same with home delivery.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 11:09 PM
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19. There's plenty mail to deliver. If we don't deliver on Saturday
we will have three days of mail to deliver on Monday. On Monday's it wasn't unusual to have to sort a 20 ft stack of mail in two hours then hump that mail around for 6 hours. Add another day of mail to that, and look for more injury more turnover of personnel.

I went out on disability. I had way too many Monday's carrying too much mail over too many miles
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mikekohr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 09:21 PM
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17. They are required to be free standing but Congress will not let the PO make the decisions
that a normal business would make. They must apply for postage increases, the last was denied. They can not close unprofitable Post Offices for economic reasons. To do so they must hold hearings that can stretch over 2-3 years, and pressure from residents and congress often results in obvious money losers staying open.In our 613-- zip code area the Post Office has over 50 offices. Fed Ex has one. UPS has one. Saturday Mail needs to be eliminated. Congress has to approve that as well.
T worked for the PO for 10 years. The fixes needed are common knowledge. Congress stands in the way.
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GKirk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:06 PM
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5. Crap
I will still get my bills :)
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 06:47 PM
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12. Didn't you see the movie The Postman?
Even after nuclear war the mail must be delivered!
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:06 PM
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2. Nope. Independently funded for years now.
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:06 PM
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3. They are not funded thru govt.. they operate on their own budget...
will not shut down the post office.
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:08 PM
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6. I love my mail!!!
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laruemtt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:08 PM
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7. Yay!!! Thanks.. n/t
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:33 PM
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10. Well, that would stop my bills from coming... but then they'd shut off my utilities...
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davidthegnome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 05:36 PM
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11. I wish
Nope, I'll still get my bills that I can't pay. All I've got left that they can shut off though, is my phone. Since I went completely and utterly broke, my parents pay for the net and whatnot - they use it as much as I do. Well, dad does, mom still thinks it's the work of Satan.
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 07:23 PM
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14. Here in Klamath Falls, OR,
there have been many winters(deep snow, dangerous ice)when the Post Office shut down delivery...at the same time, the independent contractors working for our local paper always manage to deliver the paper. City of 45,000 with small outlying farm towns and VERY rural farm routes.
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 08:56 PM
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16. For chrissakes, whatever happened to being a good citizen and checking for duplicates?
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