U.S. Postal Service operating losses of $3.8 billion in 2009 and expectation for 2010 to lose even more money is not responsible management. Discussion about cutting Saturday delivery is a meager attempt at cost control. With reduced volume and escalation costs, we need to reassess the postal system operation.
Most of mail is solicitations, advertising, magazines and bills, none of which are life-threatening or demand immediate response. If we are serious about cutting cost, then deliver mail to each house three days per week. Delivery on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to half of the houses and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to the other half of the houses. This would reduce the delivery labor and number of vehicles by 50 percent. In-house sorters may not reduce substantially but overall costs would reduce by possibly 20 to 25 percent.
In business and at home when the bottom line turns red we are forced to make tough decisions which are not pleasant or popular. Tough times require tough decisions.