Post office out of date

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 1:17 a.m.
On Tuesday I went to the Main Street post office to buy some 2 cent stamps, only to find out that they didn't have any. When I went to the post office on 16th Avenue, I got the stamps, but was told that they've run out three times.
This brings back memories of about 20 years ago when I had a carpool to Newberry with five riders. The postman said he couldn't deliver the mail because the mail box was blocked by one of the cars owned by the carpoolers. This would have required him to walk the width of a car to put the mail in the box.
The point I want to make is this: do we need a post office today as we did in the past? Is the U.S. Postal Service a large government agency that is past its prime and needs to be downsized or changed?
We get mail six days a week, when three (every other day) would be just fine. This would save a great deal of money and gas every day.
Today we have e-mail, fax machines, cheap long distance and self-deposit for checks and bills. People and businesses in the modern age refer to the U.S. mail as snail mail. It is too slow in today's modern world. In the rare case when a piece of mail must arrive on the non-delivery day, it can be sent special delivery. Delivery to businesses would remain the same.
I feel that giving my 2 cents worth would save at least 4 cents, reducing postage to 36 cents and saving the environment at the same time. In our house, my wife goes through the mail standing over the kitchen trash can to get rid of the junk mail. What a waste of money, paper, time and space in the landfill.
Charles E. Shorten, Gainesville

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