Thursday, February 7, 2013
WE'RE STAMPING OUT THE USPS
Well, as of August, there will be no Saturday postal service, except for packages. In case you were thinking of complaining about this injustice, remember. we were responsible for curtailing our own mail service.
I am just as guilty as anyone, since I use the internet to pay my bills, send greeting cards, correspond with friends, etc. I used to buy a book of stamps every couple of weeks. Now I have almost a full book of Christmas stamps that I stamp the occasional letter with.
I heard on the news last night that for the Postal Service to maintain our services, they would have to charge $1.04 for a first class stamp. You'd have to keep your stamps in your safe deposit box if that happened. You could bequeath them to your children.
The world it is a-changin' and, like the post office, we either have to learn to live with the changes or get the heck out of the way. Sometimes I yearn for the good old days, but not when I'm loading the dishwasher, or watching a first-run movie without leaving the house, or diagnosing my latest ailments on Web.MD. For everything we have given up, we have received - for good or ill - ten things in return.
Anyway, I don't imagine having no Saturday delivery will have as much impact as it would have only a few years ago.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these
couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
But budget problems? Meh