Some things I've been hearing lately from people familiar with the
post office. I wonder what is true and what is flack.
The USPS makes a profit but is always seems to be in financial
The USPS is totally self funded and gets no money from people taxes.
They are going through some real changes but part of it is to try to
get a bunch of high paid older employees that could already retire to
There is Nine Billion dollars surplus already in the retirement fund
but all the fuss is about Congress trying to abscond with it to help
balance the budget.
IMO, if there really are problems, maybe 44 cents is not enough to get
a letter from Florida to Alaska. If they really do operate at a profit
then there are things going on the regular public does not see.
Having an actual letter in hand is better than reading an email or
text message on a cell phone. The letter seems more real. It's the
same with books. I guess those Kindle readers are selling like crazy.
That's fine. I'll stay behind the curve on those.
Our carrier is too lazy to close the lid. Rain and snow ruin the mail.
Once I found 2 envelopes of my neighbor's halfway under my car in the
driveway. It was weird cuz it looked like they had to been put there on
The regular substitute on my route seems to be dyslexic, and/or needs
new glasses. Lots of mis-delivered mail involving 6,9 or 8 in the house
number. At least 2-3 times a month, I am knocking on my neighbor's door
to deliver their mail to them, and wondering what <I> didn't get. (I go
to the door because most of my neighbors are getting up there in years,
and by the time I check my mail at 1700 or so after work, they have
already been out to their curbside boxes.)
As bad as USPS is getting, compared to most countries, we still have it
pretty good. And their business model was built around the cash cow of
junk mail, which between the internet and the crappy economy, has gone
WAY down in volume.
-- aem sends...
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