Thursday, March 13, 2008

Where oh where is my internet connection?

If anyone finds it, let me know. We've been working on less than dialup speed for three days. They promise to get it fixed soon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

You've Got Mail

I have carried mail for 29 years counting the nearly five years as a substitute. I can see the light of retirement ahead. Even though I enjoy my job a great deal, I am drawn to doing other things in my fortunate good health.

I still feel the USPS is a respected place to work. It takes hits, many times deserving, but I can attest to the fact that Rural Carriers specifically care a great deal about their jobs and customers. Thankfully, many of you still favor the sanctity of a sealed first class letter. Hopefully, we have not entirely forgotten a personal letter is a treasured gift.

The internet has taken a tremendous amount of first class mail away from us. I am no exception with my bank bill paying service and on line orders. As it turns out, though, internet transactions often spur letter mail and parcels. Ebay is our friend.

I am concerned about my friends who are just now starting employment in the postal service. Why? Rural Carriers have just completed a salary setting procedure. The bottom line results show, despite growth in number of deliveries, the amount of mail per delivery has decreased. The current fuel prices make me wonder how it will be possible for every residence in the United States to be assured mail delivery when they put up a mailbox.

Are you ready to give it up? It’s a question that I often hear answered with, “of course, we don’t need that junk mail.” But really, are you ready to give it up? You might say, “Open it up. Make it free competition.” Believe me, Brown and Yellow won’t be stopping at each residence especially at those fifteen miles from no where. They would laugh if asked to do that for 42 cents.

So, for now, I will continue to work for what I feel is the best public service agency in the country even though I sadly feel changes coming down the road.