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No more mail at your door?

Published: Wed, July 24, 2013 @ 10:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans for generations have come to depend on door-to-door mail delivery. It's about as American as apple pie.

But with the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, the delivery service could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal a House panel was considered today. Curbside delivery, which includes deliveries to mailboxes at the end of driveways, and cluster box delivery would replace letter carriers slipping mail into front-door boxes.

The proposal is part of broader legislation by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, designed to cut costs at the cash-strapped agency by up to $4.5 billion a year. The Postal Service had a $16 billion loss last year.

The agency has been moving toward curbside and cluster box delivery in new residential developments since the 1970s. The Postal Service in April began deciding whether to provide such delivery for people moving into newly built homes rather than letting the developers decide.

"A balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt to America's changing use of mail," Issa said. "Done right, these reforms can improve the customer experience through a more efficient Postal Service."


1bumbob(143 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This will never pass. It's a dumb proposal by an ideologues congressman. Fetching headline though, Vindy webmaster.

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2georgejeanie(1085 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

My solution, individuals and companies pickup their mail at the post office. If you prefer or must have your mail delivered, you would get your mail once a week for an additional fee. You could have one mailperson deliver 5 to 6 routes a week that way saving on wages, trucks, mechanics. To hell with the union, this way they would at least get rid of 80% of their under performing union people. Get rid of the present managememt, because they caused this mess by giving into union demands which are outrageous

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3isaac45(336 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

i'm convinced many here who froth at the mouth at the word union didn't like the one in the civil war either...or at least wish now it hadn't won

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4DwightK(1384 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

It's ridiculous to pay a postman to walk up and down driveways to deliver mail. Stick a box at the end of the driveway and save the money.

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5southsidedave(5119 comments)posted 2 years ago

Who needs mail anyway...it is all junk these days, most bills are sent online.

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