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It has been said that the most important responsibility of our government is to protect the citizenry from being attacked by enemies, be they foreign or domestic, and to operate a system for delivering mail.  So it was with interest that I read about the recent difficulties the USPS is having with deficits.  As a Realtor, I have come to rely on this service and find it to be a good bang for the buck.  For less than half a dollar I can send mail across town or across the country.  This includes bills, advertising mailers, thank you notes and the myriad of other stuff, and it usually gets there in a day or so.

     While they are not in the business of turning a profit, many of their revenue sources have dried up. The package delivery services (FedEx, UPS, etc) skim the cream, but won't deliver to far flung outposts. Folks pay their bills online and email each other instead of using 'snail mail.'  So when the Post Office announces that they are running at a substantial (for them) deficit it becomes big news.  To me, they are doing the best that they can with what they have, and I will be forever grateful for it.  The real news should be that a cheapskate like myself says that we should cover the debt.

     Let's just say that they are about $3 Billion short this year.  So far during that period, the Government of the United States has lifted about $30 Billion, give or take a few, from the pockets of the taxpayers and invested it with the louts who run our automobile industry.  If I had any say in the matter, which apparently I don't, it would be pointed out that I can buy a better car for less money from a Japanese company, but that they will not deliver a birthday card to my Aunt Tillie out in Hooterville. I'll need to use the Post Office for that. They will even deliver a 'Get Well' card while they are out there and still give me change for a buck.

     As American taxpayers we have lots to be angry about these days, but the Post Office isn't one of them. They also employ many veterans who have fought to protect our freedom, and you never hear about them getting any ridiculous bonuses.  There are some things in this life that you just have to pay for and the mail is one of them.



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Providence, RI

Dan, I am with you. I wish they could improve their service though, to compete with Fedex and UPS.

Mar 25, 2009 02:34 PM
Dan Derito
Success! Real Estate - Brockton, MA

That would be nice Huiting, but they are required to service unprofitable locations, while their competition can 'cherry pick' where they go.  I do request delivery by USPS whenever  possible.

Mar 25, 2009 02:54 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX


I think the key word is service, or lack there of.  The was their workers treat the public is terrible.  Because they are government employees they know they can get away with it.  If they worked for UPS or FedEX they would lose their jobs.


Mar 25, 2009 10:17 PM
Dan Derito
Success! Real Estate - Brockton, MA

Richard, unfortunately I have to agree that some people would be better off not working with the public.  There is a branch office here that I won't go to because the clerks are so bad. 

Mar 25, 2009 11:46 PM
John Guiney
Keller Williams Realty - Quincy, MA

Dan _ I probably am biased as my dad worked for the postal service for 35 years and his father before him for 40, but as many people know it is not the same entity it used to be. They used to have to wear a uniform with a badge number and have some pride in their work and appearance.

Sad to say that the post office employees today fall far short of their predecessors.

Mar 26, 2009 04:10 AM
Rosalinda Morgan
Brookville, NY
"The Rose Lady"

I echo John's sentiments.  Our old postman was the best.  The new postal workers are not as good as their predecessors.  The service nowadays has to improve otherwise they will lose out to Fedex and UPS,

Mar 26, 2009 03:56 PM
Dan Derito
Success! Real Estate - Brockton, MA

I have to agree that the standards of service have slipped at the PO, but name me a service industry where it hasn't.  It used to be that your oil was checked and your windshield got washed while you were getting gas for the car.  We no longer have a milkman or a breadman deliver fresh product to the door, nor does the Doctor make house calls when little Junior has a touch of the gryp.  I can even remember an Insurance man visiting once a week to collect the premium that was due on the policy.

     Oh well, I should be off to the Mall to find a courteous sales agent who isn't busy on the cell phone.   

Apr 04, 2009 02:58 PM