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Posted: 8:08 AM Dec 5, 2011
Unprecedented Postal Cuts to Eliminate Next-day Delivery
Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.
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  • by The Dude Location: Greene County on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    The biggest problem with the postal service is the unions. Retirement/Benefits are paid first, then operations. They should declare bankruptcy, that way all the union contracts will be null & void. Then they can start from scratch, with lower salaries that actually justify the worked performed, i.e., low-wage/low-skill jobs. However, for some strange reason, Obama just loves all them union folks. I wonder why?
  • by Frustrated Customer on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    Damn I want better service. The rates keep going up but the service keeps going down.
  • by Resident on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:31 PM
    Next day service, when were they doing that? My mail takes much longer than that to arrive. A letter mailed from Pensylvania usually takes 10 days to arrive. A letter or bill mailed from Charlottesville takes about 4-5 days to arrive the 30 mile distance sometimes longer now that the locaL distribution center has closed & now all mail goes to Sandston, near Richmond to be distributed its even slower. USPS if your service was better then you'd probably not be in such a pickle.
  • by Balinda Cosgrove Location: Lake Monticello on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Why should we the public have to pay for first class postal rates & recieve third class service. This is not right!
  • by Unbelievable on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    The more closings and layoffs, the worse the service will get. People will look for alternatives. Hundreds of thousands of people that normally wouldn't conduct business on the Internet for security reasons will do so now. The more the postal service does, the more they are cutting their nose off to spite their face. By the way, I know several qualified people that will replace and do the postmaster's job for half the pay he currently gets.
  • by Belinda Location: Charlottesville on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    I have not had a card delivered the next day in years. As with any government agency, they believe cutting services and lays offs with deal with their short fall in effevtively managing. Need to look at workflows and become more efficient.
  • by Good Idea Location: Va on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    I have a great idea! Lets put the government in charge of our healthcare system too! Obviously they can manage delivering postcards, why not put them at the helm of complex medical issues too!
  • by frances on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    i think they should lower the salaries of the postal workers, and lower the salaries of retires, maybe that would help a lot
  • by concerned Location: charlottesville on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Why doesn't the Post Office retire the employees that can retire? There are so many employees working for the post office that could have retired years and years ago, who are collecting huge salaries and benefits. Have these people do the right thing and retire. Then they don't have to sacrifice service and continue to keep the little post offices open.
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