Saturday mail delivery is likely to soon be a thing of the past. The Washington Post reports that “this could be one of the last Saturdays you receive mail.” So it seems America is about to start having a 5-day mail week. What do you think is that a good idea?
A Saturday Without Mail?
It may make the weekend seem a bit more carefree knowing that bills will not be arriving in the mail on Saturday. Also, for people who go away a lot on the weekend it will eliminate having to worry about the mail sitting outside until they get home.
Getting rid of Saturday mail delivery will save the postal service some money. It might even give the hard working mail delivery people some precious weekend time off. Or it could cause more postal staff to lose jobs. About 100,000 postal jobs have already been eliminated.
Closing Post Offices
But will changes hurt the postal service or help it? The U.S. Postal Service also wants to close unprofitable branches of the Post Office. That will upset people who use those local Post Offices. I like being able to walk to my local Post Office. It would upset me if that location was closed.
Has the U.S. Postal Service Alienated the Public?
The postal service has to try to regain profits without alienating the public. For an upset public will eschew the postal service as much as possible.
Most people use e-mail much more than snail mail now. But with all the cases of hacking in the news people may gradually switch back to old fashioned mail. There is something very special about receiving a real letter in the mail.
The Joy of “Forever” Stamps
The postal service was denied a two-cent increase to the cost of a stamp. This means they have to try harder to find other ways to increase revenue. It seems now would be a good time to stock up on “Forever” stamps. They are good to use forever, no matter how high the cost of a stamp goes. Who knows how long the postal service will continue to sell the special “Forever” stamps?
I like to collect stamps. It is fun to look back and see how quickly the prices of stamps have increased. To me a stamp is a little piece of American history.
Give Stamps as Gifts
As the holiday season approaches, it is a fun time to get stamps to give out as gifts. Some Post Offices have a wider variety of stamps than others. So browse the different branches in your local area to find the widest variety of stamps.
It would be a cute gift to give a college student enough “Forever” stamps to get him/ her through all the letter writing of the college years. Or you could put together a book of stamps to document the year a baby was born.
I have framed some old envelopes from letters my Mom received when she was young. I consider one of them among my favorite family heirlooms. It is fun to see the old postmark and stamp. The postal service is part of all of our lives. It is funny how something as simple as a stamp can show details about life in a time long past.