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Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Mon Feb 21 21:44:05 AEDT 2011

At 08:56 PM 21/02/2011, Fernando Cassia wrote:

>AFAIK it´s because of budget cuts, not because people no longer use
>the postal service to receive stuff.

I don't know where you are, Fernando because you 
have a gmail address. I'm assuming not in the US.

Budget cuts are because the income from people 
using the post office services in small towns has 
reduced. Don't confuse use of postal service with post office.

What folks in Australia need to know to 
understand this is that one does not have to go 
to a post box or a post office to send a letter. 
You leave it at your letter box and the mailman 
(in US English) takes the item away with them, 
unlike here. The US also still had Saturday 
delivery, unlike here. That is another area under 
discussion to stop in order to reduce costs.

Parcel post may be cheaper to handle without a 
post office as well, either by contract or even 
running the trucks themselves. The one thing that 
would be a hassle is when someone's not home to 
sign for items that require it. Post boxes are 
also still a major service in the US, and 
necessary in some circumstances. There are stores 
and such that can do that service without a full function post office.


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