August 26th, 2011 by Bob Bly
Lately we’ve been hearing about proposals to abolish the United States Postal Service (USPS). Is this a good idea?
Proponents of getting rid of the USPS point out that (1) bills can more cost-effectively be paid electronically, (2) correspondence is sent today via e-mail, not letter, (3) packages can be sent by alternative delivery services including FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS).
Those who favor keeping the USPS operating point out that not everybody has a PC and an Internet connection. Some people don’t want them and others can’t afford them. Does the federal government have a right to force everyone to buy them?
My Uncle Paul is in? his late 80s and loves to send us letters with newspaper clippings; he doesn’t use a PC. Should he be shut out of communicating with us because he is low tech?
What about greeting cards? Yes, there are electronic greeting cards. But these are difficult to place on the mantel.
Many advertisers depend on direct mail for their business; they cannot get the same response or reach as broad an audience with e-mail marketing.
If it were up to you, would you keep the Post Office operational? Would you downsize it? Or would you close its doors forever?
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