Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A LOOK into the Future

United States Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

I received the above in an email from a friend as part of a list of “Headlines from the year 2032.” I would have laughed more if there hadn’t been a slight ring of possible truth to it. There are articles on the Google search engine stating the Postal Service is considering closing 10 percent of its offices across the country. I’m beginning to wonder if we even need mail service. I know the only things I seem to find in my letter box are junk mail, bills, and catalogues.

Most companies now have a pay-by-phone option, or an online payment option, and most banks offer a bill paying service. Many companies are now offering to send your statements electronically. I know this would require everyone to have online access, but that day is very close. Though not everyone has a computer, your local library has computers available; even senior housing facilities are now offering a computer room. It would probably be much cheaper to provide online access and computers to those who can’t afford it, than to continue to fund the Postal Service which is operating at a huge loss.

The cost to mail a one ounce letter in 1958 was 4 cents; a postcard, 3 cents. We’re fast approaching a 50 cent stamp, and mail service is slower than ever! Additional increases in the cost of stamps will only decrease service usage further.

Ending postal service would end junk mail—such a pity! I suspect all of you would miss yours about as much as I would miss mine! And Catalogues! I seem to get the same ones over and over with different covers; an obvious attempt to fool me into thinking the company has new merchandise to offer, rather than the same old, same old.

Well, I guess I’ve ragged on the Post Office long enough; the question that cartoon really inspired was, “Have you had your eyes checked lately?”


The Little Jewelry Box said...

Great photo. This is all so true. Altough I do love the rare but special card or note from a family member or friend.

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