While it is true that the volume of mail has been declining for years now, the biggest issues currently facing the Postal Service have more to do with political incompetence than technological disruption.
The story of the intentional destruction of the U.S. Postal Service is one more piece of the story of crisis-after-crisis, all manufactured to advance the strategic dismantling of our government and handing over the pieces to billionaires.
While everyone is predicting our demise? Instead of blaming the Internet for less mail, let's make the Post Office a place to go for Internet access. Customers could come in and use the Internet, like they do now at some Office Depot or FedEx outlets.
Useless is a strong word but, quite fairly, it can and does apply to the U.S. Postal Service.
I think we should consider a Constitutional amendment that privatizes the Postal Service and nationalizes the wireless carriers. The Internet plays the central political, social, cultural and economic role that the US Postal Service once did.
Sacrifices will be required of the Postal Service, but hacking away at its core strength will not solve the problem. Instead, it would tear down a network that has taken more than two centuries to build. Americans should demand better.
In his recent article in Bloomberg News he insists the best fix for the post office is to take it private.
If the United States Postal Services is such a bottomless money pit, why would anybody want it? Who ever heard of buying a service company with no upside? What's in it for them?
Today the USPS is anything but thriving -- and this is hardly surprsing. Founded in 1775, its "business model" is pretty much the same as it was more than 200 years ago. And that needs to change.
The post office deficit that is driving management to commit institutional suicide by ending six-day delivery, closing half of the nation's post offices and mail-processing centers, and laying off more than 200,000 workers, is make-believe.
The goal is to have a public Postal Service that can compete effectively in the market. But it's not a fair fight when we shove it into the ring with its shoes tied together and both hands tied behind its back.
So what if, with all this talk of deficits and national debt and budget overages, our government takes the unprecedented step of shutting down its mail services? Many small business would worry. But I say to my fellow small business owners: do not fear.
The USPS has tremendous potential to innovate itself out of the hole it's in. Why oversee the demise of postal delivery when you can reinvent the organization for the future?
There is an alternative to the current flood of crocodile tears over the death of written communication. We could return to the social compact that regarded mail service as something to be paid for by the people who benefit from it most.
We're again being deceived by evil right-wing zealots -- this time they're lying about your postal service. The insufferable Congressman from Califor...