No mail on Saturdays

The U.S. Postal Service (not the awesome musical group) has announced that to help curb costs, they will forgo delivering letters, bills, cards, and catalogs on Saturdays. They will continue to deliver packages and mail-order medicine on Saturdays. Post Offices that are currently open on Saturdays will continue to do so.

I’m not sure how this is going to save them any money. They will still have to pay for carriers to go out and deliver packages on Saturday. They will still have to staff the Post Office on Saturday. Where’s the savings coming from?

If they want to save money, they ought to get out of the junk business. For every real piece of mail we receive, we get about twenty pieces of junk mail. I hate junk mail. I could care less about email spam. For that, I can either set a filter or just delete it when it hits the inbox. For real, physical junk mail, it’s not so easy. The general non-specific junk can go right into the trash, but the stuff with our names on it has to be sorted through and we have to make sure it doesn’t contain personal information.

If you ever want to get a lot of junk mail, purchase a home with a VA loan. It’s ridiculous how many pieces of junk I get from military sounding organizations that want to help me pay even less for my mortgage. Maybe, just maybe, if the U.S. Postal Service made companies pay regular first-class postage rates on junk mail, two things would happen: The Postal Service would be financially solvent and we wouldn’t get inundated with junk mail.

If only the U.S. Postal Service started charging people a monthly fee to not receive junk mail. They would be providing a needed service and they would have an additional revenue stream. Instead, they will just not deliver regular mail on Saturdays.

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