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studmoose
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12:55 PM on 08/27/2009
No complaints from me.
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MissingAmerica
12:54 PM on 08/27/2009
Anybody notice the Postal Service isn't doing all that well these days?
01:00 PM on 08/27/2009
So, I guess your local post office is one you'd recommend be closed, right?
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01:00 PM on 08/27/2009
Me.

I shudder at the thought of USPS being a "winning model".
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oldcliche
01:27 PM on 08/27/2009
A huge amount of mail no longer flows due to email. This impacts the revenue the USPS is capable of generating. Unless you are new to the interwebs, you must have heard of email?
12:53 PM on 08/27/2009
I would like to see the faces of the Post Office Basher when the cost of delivering regular mail goes from 43 cents to $1.50 or more. Private delivery companies will not put-up with anything that does make profit and if they estimate that $1.50 is not enough, they either shut-down the delivery route or raise the prices that nobody can afford to mail anything. So wait until you receive your next mail in rain or shine.

Now keep basking the Post Office…
12:56 PM on 08/27/2009
who cares what the rates are? i never use them to send anything. higher rates would mean less junk mail.
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eyelashviper
In wilderness is the preservation of the world
02:38 PM on 08/27/2009
Millions of small businesses, citizens, etc. not only care, but rely on the USPS to deliver their mail, products, and would be unable to pay the higher fees of UPS & Fed Ex.
So much for self-centered myopia.
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01:03 PM on 08/27/2009
My bills are paid electronically - all the rest that shows up in my mailbox is junk mail. It would be glorious to see reduced mail volumes ( a fewer dead trees).
12:51 PM on 08/27/2009
i guess my new kidney will show up in three weeks in a tattered envelope
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teron678
A Pessimistic Optimist
12:53 PM on 08/27/2009
tr0lls have kidneys?
01:54 PM on 08/27/2009
They do indeed have kidneys so they can piss on all the people "beneath" them.

It's called "trickle down economics".

It's hearts they are lacking.

Bleeding or otherwise.
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WilliamProc
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12:50 PM on 08/27/2009
Your post is all the more excellent because, as the GOP likes to remind us, there is no right to RECEIVE MAIL! Ineffecient or not, most poeple go ballistic when their mail gets placed in their neighbor's box, let alone not getting delivered at all.

Great food for thought.
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maggiee
12:49 PM on 08/27/2009
The USPS is great! I think I can count on one hand the number of letters they have lost in my lifetime. These days, they're even better. I've noticed that instead of two days, most things only take one day to get where they're going, as long as it's not too far away. It's really cheap too! I'm all for a post office model.
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12:47 PM on 08/27/2009
USPS is the carrier of choice every time Blue Cross sends me a letter turning down a claim, refusing co-pay on a medication, increasing my premiums, or just sending me wonderful tips on how to keep healthy so they won't be forced to deny my benefits if I get really sick.
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mikep007
12:45 PM on 08/27/2009
It is not goverment run, it is self supporting- that is why it seems inefficient... Those that are mad at the post office- remember- postal employees dont make that much and imagine if it went under? That would be the end of the third largest employer in the US... It would be devastating... The government does need to step in and help!
01:08 PM on 08/27/2009
You are absolutely right. If there was one area of service that I would like to see some of my tax dollars go to, it is the USPS. They deliver! As mundane as they may seem, I have always and consistently received excellent customer service from them. Polite, courteous and with a genuine smile.

It has always been my view that certain areas of service should not be profit-driven. Health, education, public transportation, to name a few.

Much better than funding all kinds of ridiculous wars, bridges to nowhere, etc.
12:44 PM on 08/27/2009
The USPS has got a bad rap lately - yes, it is struggling now but lets not forget the many years of service it has provided great letter and package service to us.

The single issue that has caused the USPS to struggle as of late is competing with e-mail - plain and simple. Before email, it ran very well and gave all of us good and prompt service.

Not a company out there - govt run or private - could deliver a message as quick as the internet.
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DocSyracuse
A socially liberal, fiscally conservative surgeon
12:43 PM on 08/27/2009
FedEx offers great service, with a higher price, which would be an apt comparison between gov. option and more expensive private insurance. I think the post-office model is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison with regard to government-run healthcare. Medicare is a closer comparison.
12:42 PM on 08/27/2009
True story, the other day on TV some right wing commentator was criticizing USPS for "never ever having posted a profit" by comparaison to their private counterpart . Last time I checked, public services are not "for profit" but a public service. I'm not sure if they also expect the Defence department or the school system to post a profit or to have a ticker in Wallstreet... Last time I checked, FEDEX was not delivering much for $.43 either. Sheesh
12:39 PM on 08/27/2009
I'm in NYC, and just spent an hour waiting in line at the post office so that I could pick up something that was sent to me by registered mail. I don't know if I go as far as to say its a model we should strive to mimic. But it's still cheaper than FEDEX, and in my experience more reliable.

Maybe the post offices in other parts of the country are better. But here in NYC I dread going there.
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DocSyracuse
A socially liberal, fiscally conservative surgeon
12:40 PM on 08/27/2009
FedEx is darn reliable, which is why they do so well.
12:52 PM on 08/27/2009
FedEx may be a reliable service at a much higher cost, however, health insurance providers can't boast the same thing. They're much more expensive AND every discriminating.
01:00 PM on 08/27/2009
For what you paid to get that registered letter, $0, and you were unable to receive it when it was delivered to you the 1st time, you can spare an hour in line.

Does anyone else realize the value to business of lines? I give out business cards, and talk dogs with whomever is interested. Someone usually is. I meet friends I otherwise have not seen in a while, and I make new friends.

The lines, the waiting room at the doctor's office should not be a bad time, it should be a chance to talk to someone you don't already talk to.

Are we so insulated from each other that we cannot stand in a damn line now?
12:36 PM on 08/27/2009
Terrible idea!! It works if you read all the details you presented above. But what you want from an analogy is for the first activated ideas to serve your argument. That is definitely NOT the case with the Post Office. I'm sure Republicans did back flips and high fives when the President started using it. It sounds like the ideal Republican talking point--and there the President himself is using it. Obama's team has been incredibly weak in coming up with simple, powerful imagery for his rhetoric in this fight.
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mslindab
12:36 PM on 08/27/2009
Critiques of USPS is lazy journalism. It is very affordable especially considering what they are required to do. No for profit service could survive is they had to pick up and deliver mail across America. Currently we are enjoying Netflix and wondering how it would be possible w/o the USPS.
12:33 PM on 08/27/2009
This is a joke, right? The USPS is a model of inefficency and featherbedding by overpaid drones.