From Ralph Hipp
Dropping Saturday mail deliveries has been in the headlines for several months now, but it's almost crunch time for the U.S. Postal Service. A community session in tornado-racked Reading was held Tuesday night to discuss closing their post office. You know, post offices are a big part of any community, and the loss of even one takes just a little bit more away from a Kansas town. At least five of them are on the hit list for closings, in hearings being held by the USPS.
My friend Mark at the post office near me explained one problem. Not being able to price your own product every day, based on market conditions and competition, handcuffs your ability to maintain your profit margin. Critics say big union contracts for postal workers are sinking the Postal Service into its deep waters of bankruptcy and closures.
Some of the people who oversee postal operations locked in those deals because they never envisioned a world without mail.. they couldn't conceive that we would possibly find any other way to communicate with people or pay our bills.
How many of you pay your bills online? Or keep in touch by Facebook, and pretty much nothin' else these days? And think about security too. We've reported on mailbox thieves on the lookout for checks, either to cash or steal routing numbers. But on Facebook, there are privacy concerns enough for the millions who are on it.
Let me know if you believe the world has changed so much, that it's time for the Postal Service to pack its boxes and sadly become obsolete. Or as many people enjoy the old custom of writing and receiving handwritten thank-you notes, do we still love going out to the mailbox to see what we got today? Ralph