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Editorial: Don't cut mail service yet

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The U.S. Postal Service is hemorrhaging red ink, but rather than raise rates to close the gap, it is talking about cutting out delivery one day a week. The situation is bad, but reducing service should only be pursued as a last resort.

While the postmaster general didn’t actually propose eliminating service yet, he did ask Congress Wednesday to change a law so he’d have the flexibility to do so. The law, part of ...

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bigjohnsr1965
February 1, 2009
5:54 a.m.

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This is not right, but due to the economy what can we do? I like the 6 day a week service and I don't think its fair but we have no choice.

myshortpencil
February 2, 2009
4:29 p.m.

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How about subcontracting mail delivery services to newspaper carriers? It could be win-win for both the post office and for newspapers.

yungling
February 3, 2009
10:39 a.m.

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Although the thought about cutting mail service is an unexpected loss to all, Postal Employees and customers alike, certain changes must be made so we may pass through the economic incertainty with the least amount of damage. As for the comment posted by Dranon, i DO NOt believe the post office are refusing anyone business nor saying in anyway they don't want it. I believe that the Post Office has done a wonderful job adapting to the Twenty-first century. The USPS website is a wonderful tool for customers. It gives all the benefits of a Post Office in the comfort of your own home just by clicking the website. Did you know that you can print shipping labels from your computer and your local carrier will pick it up at your house and it will be mailed out that day without you ever having to drive anywhere. I DO NOT see how "dranon" can say that is bad service. As for the comments he placed about the Selkirk, Feura Bush and Glenmont Post Office is just absurd. I have personally been a customer at those offices think that they have wonderful, personal, small town customer care. All of the Employees meet all the required duties plus some to meet all the customer's needs. I DO NOT think that it is (and i quote dranon) "a real nightmare to deal with the postal service now" I think if anything it is a real nightmare for the postal employees to deal with such a rude, deranged, obuncous customer in which i believe dranon is. I believe that everyone has to make temporary scarifies with a horrible economy as does the Post office and that is no reason to denote the United States Postal Service.

vsyn507
February 4, 2009
9:59 a.m.

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What is happening right now with the Postal Service is absolutely horrible. While negative experiences are inevitable, it is unfair and unrealistic to generalize the entire United States Postal Service as a negative experience. While I have personally experienced various mishaps, just as I have at the local supermarket, gas station, etc., my positive experiences have certainly prevail.

vsyn507
February 4, 2009
10:02 a.m.

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Regardless of the outcome, the situation is very unfortunate.

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