I’ve received a lot of feedback today on one of this week’s front-page stories, about the U.S. Postal Service’s dire financial condition. Most commenters seem in favor of ending Saturday delivery, which experts say could happen in the next few years.
A rural letter carrier who works six days a week wrote:
It’s time to bite the bullet and change the old ways of 6-day delivery. I know that 4-10 hour days can never happen, but I would like maybe 5-8 hour day weeks. Having no family time by working 6 days is not fun.
Another commenter suggested even more drastic measures:
The USPS needs to quit Saturday delivery. Major savings with man hours, fuel, electricity etc. They also need to sell all excess real estate all over the US. They should also close all the small Post Offices nation wide that are losing money daily. This alone would save millions of dollars.
This is another possibility; experts want Postal Service management to close facilities across the country, many of which aren’t operating at full capacity thanks to new technology.
What do you think? Should USPS end Saturday delivery and close underperforming facilities? Are there other ways to bring the Postal Service back to financial health?