Barred by law from lobbying, the Postal Service is nonetheless trying to make its case before a growing number of state legislatures that are weighing bills to create Do Not Mail registries, which are similar to the popular National Do Not Call Registry. Ugh.
Postal Service Argues Against Registries to State Lawmakers
Chris Pearson, a state legislator in Vermont, had a sense that the people were with him when he proposed a bill last November to allow residents to block junk mail.
He got media attention, radio interview requests and e-mails from constituents eager to stop the credit card offers, furniture catalogues and store fliers that increasingly clog their mailboxes.
Then came the pushback from the postmasters, who told Pearson and other lawmakers that “standard” mail, the post office’s name for junk mail, has become the lifeblood of the U.S. Postal Service and that jobs depend on it.
Here is the clincher: “Then came the pushback from the postmasters, who told Pearson and other lawmakers that “standard” mail, the post office’s name for junk mail, has become the lifeblood of the U.S. Postal Service and that jobs depend on it.”
Technology is rendering the post office irrelevant, yet the postmaster wishes to delay the inevitable demise as long as he can to maintain power in politics and to keep us paying for those $.41+ stamps. It’s like the postal organization is telling us to go back to driving the Model-T Ford. The postal system is a dinosaur. What is wrong with reducing the junk mail so the post office can downsize and have fewer workers. Businesses do it all the time. When they do, they become more completive and a better service entity. With the post office, it is like the body is dead, but the brain just won’t die. The postmaster may as well face it. The post office mail delivery is slowly dying, and they need to start downsizing now gradually to make way for new technologies, so that hundreds of thousands of jobs won’t be lost abruptly and cause devastating affects to families.
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