Proposal would end door-to-door mail service

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 7/23/2013 5:33 pm Published: 7/23/2013 1:25 pm

The way people get their mail could be changing

A proposal to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service being supported by House Republicans could save billions, but end door-to-door service.

That's a problem for Tulsans who are elderly or disabled.

Trudy Graham has lived in this home since 1969 and checking her mail every day is something she really looks forward to.

"I'm 79 years old and my husband is 81 and if we had to go somewhere else to get our mail it would be a real problem," she said.

She told FOX23 she and her husband used to have a post office box, but that got too expensive and they didn't go very often anyway.

Right now, the U.S. Postal service is working towards a more centralized form of delivery. This means neighbors would pick up their own mail from a cluster box in their neighborhood, rather than getting it at their front door.

However, Trudy is not a fan of this idea.

"I wouldn't like that at all," she said.

FOX23 broke it down, and discovered that 35 million residences and businesses get mail delivered to their door.

According to a recent report from the Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General, ending door-to-door delivery would save $4.5 billion a year.

Earlier this year, the post office wanted to end Saturday mail delivery to save money, but that decision was later changed.

To lawmakers considering this proposal, Trudy has a strong message: "It stinks. Don't do it. Period."

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The Truth - 7/25/2013 9:03 PM
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The Postal Service is self sufficient, it takes not one penny of your tax dollars. In 2006 Congress made it law the USPS pays for health care benefits for employees 75 years in advance within a 10 year period. No other compay has this mandate nor could any other company survive with this mandate. It's called the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006. If Republican Issa from California would allow a bill to reach the House floor to end this mandate the USPS would be making hundreds of millions of dollars profit each month and services to the public would remain intact. The Postal Service is a public service, don't allow the politicians to dismantle your rights. Call your Congressman to end the PAEA and protect your right to door to door service.

Mayor Maynot - 7/25/2013 2:52 PM
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I wonder if that would create more or less identity theft???

karlschneider - 7/24/2013 3:30 PM
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dqiquiri, we have them too...we call them Post Offices.

karlschneider - 7/24/2013 3:29 PM
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If the USPS would simply charge the same for all mail (instead of giving junk mail and church advertisements a 50% discount) it would move into the profit column in nothing flat.

Mayor Maynot - 7/24/2013 11:31 AM
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Get a grip Esq :-) E-Mail a 3DHD card FedEx the gift with the card attached. now that was simple :-)

BexEsq - 7/24/2013 8:11 AM
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The USPS is a constitutionally mandated entity. The argument that they lose money is meaningless in that there is no constitutional requirement that they, or any other required government entity, make a profit. We pay for stamps to simply defray the cost of the service, not to pay for it. It is a per use tax. Deal with it or petition for an Amendment that would eradicate it once and for all (and they be grateful when FedEx charges you $10 to mail a birthday card.

daiquiri1971 - 7/24/2013 7:54 AM
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I do not see the big deal with these Community mail box systems (as we call them here in Ontario Canada). We have had these systems around for well over 10 years now.

illbehere - 7/24/2013 3:23 AM
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when people complain about government services doing things such as this i find it rather ironic that they also fight against the government raising taxes. Do they think these services are free??

Mayor Maynot - 7/24/2013 3:14 AM
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They got the first part right, cluster. The only mail I get is junk advertising. I just changed my phone bill to paperless. Most of what USPS delivers is trash.

Bybeetoo - 7/23/2013 11:29 PM
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Get the Government out of the Postal Business. Privatize it, let it charge what it wants to, let it have competition, and more importantly let it sink or swim. More importantly, get rid of all the Government employees with their bloated benefits and retirement.
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