Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The End of the U.S. Postal Service?

"I really, really think if we cut out the Saturday delivery, it would be a terrible, terrible mistake, a terrible cost to the country." -- Delvin Johnson, United States Postal Service Letter Carrier.

Delvin Johnson has been a letter carrier for 30 years.

The 52-year old Albany, Georgia, native says he is not happy with current plans by the U.S. Postal Service to end its Saturday mail deliveries, and to close some of its more than 37,000 post offices nationwide. Some U.S. lawmakers are also unhappy with these plans. They say such cuts could be the beginning of the end for the financially troubled mail delivery system.

But Postal Service administrators insist that with the volume of physical mail falling quickly as more and more communication is done on the Internet, the organization needs to make these changes to survive. Even though the Postal Service receives no tax dollars, Congress has authority over how it operates, so the decision on the cuts is now in the hands of lawmakers.

In this video, veteran mail carrier Delvin Johnson offers a simple but long-overlooked solution to help the Postal Service, which over the past decade has shed more than 200,000 jobs.