Carrying the Mail

Friday, 1 October 2010, 15:43 | Category : Other Stuff
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Reading about yesterday’s action by the Postal Regulatory Agency, wherein they denied the postal service’s request to raise first-class rates from 44 cents to 46 cents, I started thinking that the post office is, and has been, getting a bad rap. When you step back from all the complaints, her’s what you see:

For 44 cents, you can hand the post office a letter and have them take that letter for you anywhere in the United States, and in a couple of days, they’ll deliver it for you. Anywhere in the country. That’s not a bad deal. In fact, it’s a pretty damn good deal. And this from an agency whose competitors – FedEx and UPS, mainly – have been allowed to cherry-pick the most lucrative delivery categories for themselves.

I don’t drink coffee, but on rare occasions I’ve picked up a coffee-type drink for someone (I say “coffee-type”, because honestly I don’t know what else you would call the lattes and grandes and cappucinos that people drink now. Some people even still drink just plain “coffee”). It amazes me that they’ll pay $4, $5, $6 (or more) for one of those drinks every day. And then complain that mailing a letter is too expensive. In this day of email and Facebook and text messaging, sometimes you just need (or want) to send a letter. If it were up to me, I’d say make it an even 50 cents for first class postage. No need to mess with pennies, and they could use the extra money.

One Comment for “Carrying the Mail”

  1. 1Berial

    Allowing others to compete but only where it’s profitable for them has really cost the post office a bundle. They really do get a bad rap and they are basically in an untenable situation now.

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