This analysis about the USPS’s financial woes and the role of the internet versus the recession in the decline in snail mail seems pretty compelling to me. As I read more about the USPS’s financial situation, existing mail volume, and who is pushing to close post offices and limit postal services (like ending Saturday delivery), it seems like the USPS has been forced into an impossible situation and punished for not thriving in it, all to serve a larger purpose of opening up the mail service to private providers. It’s like the modus operandi of outspoken USPS detractors is “kill the post office now, ask questions later.” When the recession ends and our economy is booming again, we’ll need a mail delivery service that is robust, efficient, and all-reaching, like the current USPS.
UPS and FedEx don’t deliver to my parents’ house in rural West Virginia. They drop the packages they were paid to deliver off at the post office and have the USPS deliver them those last few miles. That’s what private providers do–seek efficienciencies even if it means limiting the service they provide.
I want my postal service to remain in tact so they can continue to provide their important services without cutting corners. Online retailers, government agencies, mail-order pharmacies, businesses, the magazine industry and those of us who are avid letter writers all need a strong postal service, and our recepients need it, too!