January 28, 2009

Nor Rain, Sleet, Hail or Snow But Debt Will

Keep the postman from delivering.

Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery, the postmaster general told Congress on Wednesday, in asking lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week

Apparently Tuesday is a slow mail day, so look forward to not receiving mail 6 days a week.

Total mail volume was 202 billion items last year, over 9 billion less than the year before, the largest single volume drop in history.

And, despite annual rate increases, Potter said 2009 could be the first year since 1946 that the actual amount of money collected by the post office declines.

"It is possible that the cost of six-day delivery may simply prove to be unaffordable," Potter said. "I reluctantly request that Congress remove the annual appropriation bill rider, first added in 1983, that requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days each week."

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 28, 2009 07:05 PM | TrackBack

You know, I've been saying for *years* that most people just don't need mail delivery every day. I certainly don't.

If someone wants a letter to get to its destination the next day, they'll still have to pay. Otherwise, it gets there when it gets there, right?

Heck, take delivery down to three days a week. But that would create other problems, wouldn't it? The volume of mail would not change, so carriers would have to be added.

Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Posted by: pam at January 29, 2009 09:00 AM