Congress Discussing Changes to Mail Delivery

By: Suzanne Wilson Email
By: Suzanne Wilson Email

July 24, 2013

Having a conversation with your neighborhood post man could start getting harder and harder. Congress is considering a piece of legislation that could eliminate door-to-door mail delivery for most Americans.

Mable Christian, an opponent to the possible changes, said, "It's more convenient to have your mailed delivered to your home and there's nothing like a good ole mail man coming to your door."

The US Postal service has been losing billions of dollars each year and a solution to saving some money is to centralize neighborhood mailboxes.

Thomas Schwabenbauer, a supporter to the possible changes, said, "I don't see that being that big of a deal. As long as it's saving the government money, we have to cut corners somewhere."

The move toward cluster-style mailboxes started back in April. New housing developments are now required to put all of the neighborhood mailboxes in one location.

For neighborhoods, it won't be too difficult to change to this method, but for rural areas, it could be a challenge.

Cathy Cooper, an opponent to the possible changes, said, "I'm just on a state maintained road. Unless they were able to come up with some type of central location for everybody to get their mail, to me, home delivery is important in a rural area because we are not in a subdivision."

It's too early to know what the exact changes could be in the legislation is passed but some people are taking a positive approach to the idea.

Schwabenbauer said, "Part of your normal routine. If anything it will get people out and walking more, more exercise."

Last year, the US Postal Service lost $16 billion. This proposal could save up to $4.5 billion a year.

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