Cuts to first-class mail to slow delivery in 2012

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. Postal Service facing possible bankruptcy plans to more broadly outline an estimated $3 billion in cuts today and fast delivery of first class mail is likely to be a casualty.

The cuts could slow everything from check payments to Netflix's DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines
delivered by postal carriers.

One analyst suggests the changes will only increase the shift away from mail to alternatives like the Internet.

The cuts would close roughly 250 of the nearly 500 mail processing centers. The Postal Service already has announced a 1-cent increase in first-class mail to 45 cents in January.

After five years in the red, the post office faces imminent default this month on a $5.5 billion annual payment to the U.S. Treasury for retiree health benefits.

Full congressional action doesn't appear likely anytime soon.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Joey Location: Denison on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    Actually Mork, the USPS is financed via postage charges (ie. stamps). Sure, I realize it's convenient to make brash claims that the USPS would have gone bankrupt decades ago if not for somekind of unsubstantiated claim of taxpayer subsidy, but while that claim in itself is not correct, it ignores the fact that the USPS has performed a vital service to this country. Furthermore, the USPS is NOT a government agency along the lines of the FDA, FAA, etc. It is a business that takes in income (as opposed to being funded by tax dollars), and is run "like a business" more than any agency that is also subject to direct federal oversite. Considering the service the USPS has provided to individuals and business over these many decades it has been a bargain...even when taxpayer subsidies (pre-1971) were part of the equation. Clearly, the advent of electronic communication has had an impact on the USPS income stream, and they are trying to adapt with implementing on-line services, proposals to eliminate Saturday delivery etc., but anything major the USPS does requires Congressional approval. Anyway, the day may come when there will be no USPS, and we can count on FedEX or UPS to deliver our mail overnight door to door for two bits, deliver all discount rate junk mail generated by the business community, and maintain reliable uninterrupted communication service throughout our country. Then we can have a discussion on how FED EX et al will be subsidized by the taxpayer.
  • by Jerry Location: Sherman on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    This is just another nail in their coffin. Their service is already so-so at best, and cutting delivery times and sort stations will only decrease the already mediocre service. In turn, more people will quit using them. Just another example of our 'great' government in action!
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      by Bob Thornton@ Dodd City on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:48 AM in reply to Jerry
      Not really jerry,it is the Post master in Sherman that is the problem locally,and you cant get stamps here unless it is Christmas,they bring in profit selling stamps and 80% of the time you cant get them, and when you want to gripe about it he wont even come talk to you,no tellin what goes on in the back,flipping quarters? i dont think congress is going to let any of this stuff happen about letting overnite stuff be late two days.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to Jerry
      Maybe Obama, Biden and Harry Reid will give them a taxpayer bailout (at our expense). That has always worked for them, hasn't it?
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        by Joey on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:31 PM in reply to
        Well, the GM bailout has sure had a positive effect. A bunch of jobs were saved, and I see where GM will be adding a new facility and 300 jobs just in Arlington, Tx. No one wants a bailout of the postal service, no one wants rate increases or the end of Saturday delivery, or slower first class delivery, or anything elese except the return of the 5 cent stamp, with instant door to door delivery, no lines at the local post office. Anyway, why on Earth would any US citizen be cheering for the demise of our national postal service?
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          by Mork on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to Joey
          I really don't think anyone is cheering for the demise of the postal service but put out at the fact that it (unlike GM) IS a government run facility. The Government does NOT make money (aka profit) so the cost of postage is just the front as tax dollars will always have to keep this place afloat. If it were a business they would have normal type of 401K's and such but since they are run by the government, employees will retire and they will receive pensions, where do the pensions come from? I promise you they don't save or invest a dime for employee perks - TAX money pays for these. In other words, Tax money has been bailing out the USPS since they sent mail on stage coaches. This is only 1 of many problems with their operational framework. If it were a private business, they would have been bankrupt decades ago....If you really want to change things, vote out everyone that is in office - a complete change - Vote Independent and show those crooks in office we're tired of this...Anybody loan me a stamp?
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        by Willie on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to
        Like the 700 billion Bush & co. gave to the banks that killed our economy & caused the recession that started in '07? That kind of bailout?
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      by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:51 AM in reply to Jerry
      This is not their choice FYI.. A lot of things are being done via internet now so they do not use the postal offices as much anymore which is cutting their income to fund these things. Pay attention to the things around you before you assume! I think this is horrible that it is happening. I am surprised we still have printed newspapers at this point. Which of course.. Cuts down on jobs if they do wipe them out.. As does the postal service and just more to join the unemployed group.. I wish people would see that!
  • by me in Location: denison on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    and i saw on here not too long ago that they are raising the stamp price again sometime after the first of the year.
  • by Dianac Location: Texoma on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    I hate scare tactics at tbe holidays.. Hitting on medicine and Netflix? Attacking two different age groups at the same time.. Well we've done all we can do.. Put up our dogs. Put boxes on tbe streets, and as far as slow mail in ten yrs I've gone from gettin it around 10 am to nearly 3 pm. shame shame you get coal in your stockings this year.
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    Overall, I have been pleased with the service the USPS has provided me over these many decades. On a percentage basis, having also dealt with Fed Ex and UPS, the USPS has peformed better and often cheaper. Technology has provided a competitive alternative for communication, but I believe there is still a place for a restructured USPS. I also believe we all should be thankful for the service the USPS has provided everyone over these many years. This would have been a far different country if not for the USPS.
  • by Scared Location: Denison on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    Does everyone not understand this is just going to further snuf out the middle class? Add 28,000+ to the unemployment lines whose check from that won't even be half of their monthly income.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:53 AM in reply to Scared
      Do you not understand that this is Obama's dream come true? Everything he touches goes to the dogs!
  • by snail Location: Denison on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    No one ever accused the postal service of giving good service. I just wish they wouldn't LOSE my mail! I have gone almost exclusively to online bill payments simply because the USPS is incapable of getting my letters delivered. This is expensive when I have to pay late fees due to their incompetence! Good riddance.
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