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July 7, 2011 Poll Results

The U.S. Postal Service ran a deficit of $8 billion last year as more people pay bills and communicate electronically. The Postal Service should ...

Undergo a major reorganization and hopefully become solvent 68% 181 votes
Do business as usual and need a massive federal bailout 4% 12 votes
Go out of business 3% 10 votes
Be privatized 23% 61 votes
Total: 264 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


July 8, 2011
6 a.m.

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Privatization would require the reorganization the Postal Service so desperately needs, provide good paying jobs in the private sector, would allow new management to cast off the burden of crazy union agreements and get this heavy anchor off the necks of drowning taxpayers.
Many of the same employees could and would be retained, yet management and rank and file could be stripped of currently nonproductive untouchable 'workers', providing, in one bold swipe, an intelligent solution to the first three options in the poll above.

July 8, 2011
9:06 a.m.

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Start putting in clustered Mailboxes within large subdivisions, more compact neighborhoods in the suburbs, etc. Would save a LOT on mail vehicle wear & tear. Mail truck goes by my house 3-4 times a day, but yet I don't get the mail until ~5 PM. I'm assuming its doing multiple runs in order to distribute packages first, then go to each individual household to deliver mail where boxes are barely 50 feet apart down each street. Is this really efficient? Instead have a couple clustered mailboxes in neighborhood and mail is delivered all at once to each cluster. This mailbox is less likely to be hit by snowplow, buried in winter, mail is delivered a bit faster, and mail trucks don't wear out brakes as often. Residents might also get outside a little more and see their neighbors, get some sunlight and exercise a little to get their mail. These boxes are a lot tougher and more secure than any regular box on the side of a road.

July 9, 2011
9:22 a.m.

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It now seems possible that he luxury of having mail delivered to our door may now finally, come to an end.

So is the lah-dee-dah American way of life we've all taken for granted.

It's like our 'war without end war.'
It's a new paradigm folks.
It's a leading indicator, some say.

We have to pay for all these wars.
Some things gotta give.

Long term American global security or mail delivery? Tough call for some.

I, for one will miss the letter carrier.
They were the eyes and ears of our neighborhoods.
Most folks forgot about that added benefit.

One thing I will not miss:
Junk mail.

July 11, 2011
9:58 p.m.

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I'm all for letter carriers waklking the streets in dense neighborhoods. I lived in Albany and knew my carriers on a first name basis and it was a good thing. They really are useful there, but in the 'burbs, they drive 50 ft, stop, drive another 50 feet, stop, etc. Its murder on these vehicles for brakes, maintenance, etc. That's not efficient for the USPS and not good for a whole lot of other reasons.

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