Elizabeth Campbell’s Monday story, “Cutbacks mean later delivery for mail,” illustrates the continuing saga of the ill-fated U.S. Postal Service with its seventh consecutive year of losses in the billions.
Even by consolidating some of its services, making cutbacks, changing management and reorganizing its benefits, the USPS can’t seem to work itself out of the red.
The post office per se has no legitimate competition for mail delivery. Hence, its employees work longer hours (per union wage and overtime), and that contributes to negative profit margins.
Perchance block mailboxes might ease some of the foot traffic for the postman, as they do in large office and apartment buildings that have a central mailbox for delivery by postal carriers and pickup by the recipients.
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If nothing else is feasible, why hasn’t the government alleviated these prevailing losses and bailed the post office out of its abject poverty?
The government bailed out the banks, mortgage companies and auto industry. Why eschew the postal service in its time of need?
— April Rogers, Fort Worth
I didn’t receive my U.S. mail on Friday or Saturday. I did receive my Star-Telegram on those (and all other) days.
If this is hard to understand, you need help.
— Ron Turner, Azle
In response to Elizabeth Campbell’s story:
My letter carrier also delivers late now, but she’s doing her best and I’m thankful that she gets her job done regardless of the time.
We have to have patience and understanding for what has happened to them also.
They are doing their best, and I thank each of them for the great job they are doing.
— Susann M. Eller, Burleson
I don’t know how much more service the post office expects to cut in my ZIP code.
We get our mail after dark at least one day per week, sometimes two days per week.
On every Monday, I can depend on the mail arriving between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., without fail. The rest of the week, we may get mail delivery as early as 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
I spoke to a supervisor and was basically told that it’s the carriers’ fault because they don’t take their jobs seriously.
My theory is that the route is just too big for one carrier and needs to be split.
It doesn’t make sense to pay all that overtime every day when the post office is losing so much money.
The statement in Campbell’s story that the U.S. Postal Service is largely meeting “service standards” for delivery is absolutely not true.
— Larry Fuller, Arlington
The motto of the U.S. Postal Service is: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
I didn’t receive mail Friday, Saturday and Monday. But my newspaper came every day!
Thanks to John and Marianne Blaney for their diligence and bravery! I really didn’t expect anyone to risk driving on ice and in the dark!
— Charles Neely, Burleson
Elizabeth Campbell’s story begs the question: Why doesn’t the government and Congress allocate more funding to the U.S. Postal Service or allow it to do what American Airlines did — file for bankruptcy and reorganize?
Congress sets the mandate for delivery of mail six days a week.
And because it won’t allow the post office to go to five days of delivery, it should help the post office financially.
Considering that our government spends our taxes profligately, why not divert some needed bucks to the postal service?
It would be a charitable alternative to an agency desperate to stay afloat.
— Sharon Ream, Fort Worth
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