Or even on Tuesday or Thursday?
The USPS projected a $7 billion deficit for 2009 but managed to find enough cost cuts to finish the year at $3.7 billion of red ink. For the beleaguered Postal Service, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel because in 2009 it handled (and received no revenue) 27 billion fewer pieces of mail than in 2008, thanks mainly to email, UPS and Fedex.
If the U.S. Postal Service was a private enterprise, it would’ve gone out of business long ago or at least been re-directed to a new mission.
Most Americans have reached a point where we don’t need home delivery more than a day or two per week. We still need hard-copy of certain legal papers and a few other items but I have a problem coming up with a good solid reason for taxpayers to continue to fund a home delivery service that brings fistfuls of junk mail to our doors every day.
You like the coupons? Great! Go online and print them off.
Home delivery is an expensive convenience, and that’s all. It’s there so I don’t have to run to the Post Office when I’m expecting something important. For instance, I just renewed my drivers license and due to new tamper-proofing technology added to the card, my state now mails the actual license from a central site, but even that doesn’t require home delivery 5 or 6 days per week.
I now pay most of my bills online but other examples of the need for snail-mail are my water, sewage and electric bills. Those are city-county owned companies and because governments have no limits on raising taxes, they just keep hiring bodies to shuffle the paper. Paper-shufflers on the other end means paper checks from me because they don’t have the utility to accept online payments for my utility bills. To accommodate the green eyeshades in our city and county governments, I could easily handle bills and checks thru a PO Box, especially if the PO would accommodate the public with evening hours.
If we must keep Post Offices as a matter of national pride, let’s at least cut back on deliveries to no more than two days per week. I would be happy with delivery on Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday or Wednesday and Saturday, or whatever, and they could start today….I need no time to get ready.
Some businesses, especially small ones, would argue they need delivery 5 or 6 times a week, but I don’t buy it. In most cases they’d be better off with fewer deliveries. It would force them to more efficient business practices.