I don’t like hearing that Saturday mail deliveries will be a thing of the past come August. My day tends to revolve around the postman delivering mail to the box at the end of my drive. I don’t get many packages so I’m not so keen on that part of the deal.
I understand that email and online bill pay/banking has cut drastically into the revenues of the Post Office. But surely there’s something that can be done — other than a gigantic rate increase — to get it solvent and keep it that way. I suspect a lot of the problem is pensions for former employees requiring funding. Might I suggest that those “old” employees do us the favor of deciding that now is the time to meet their Maker?
Since I doubt that anyone would support that suggestion, I have another one. Why not sell things in the Post Office other than mailing supplies, particularly in those Post Offices in small towns that the current Administration wants to close? I remember being in England and going to the Post Office. They sold some groceries, stationery, cards, ice creams, etc. I can see a coffee shop in a Post Office as well as adding those other items. If the town is small, there might not be a big enough market to make that idea feasible, though.
In the meantime I will do my part to keep the Post Office solvent by mailing my payments, writing letters and cards, and sending any packages I have that need to be shipped.