The Post Office is in Trouble. Here’s How to Help.

It’s vital the U.S. Postal Service is not allowed to fail.



Is the U.S. Post Office, enshrined in the Constitution, really about to go bust?

The Post Office is in financial dire straits, yes. It is also true that they’ve been under tremendous financial strain before and received help from Congress. So what’s happening now? Let’s go through a quick rundown.

Why is the Post Office in trouble?

The Post Office is in trouble because the coronavirus has sharply curtailed how much mail is being sent by businesses. Late last week Postmaster General Megan Brennan informed Congress of the dire situation. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Post Office said this after their briefing, “[T]he pandemic has completely changed the environment here. The mail volume drop is catastrophic.” Just last week, the drop in mail volume was around 30%, and it is expected to get as high as 50% as the pandemic wears on.

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5 thoughts on “The Post Office is in Trouble. Here’s How to Help.

  1. But they are mainly in trouble for their bad service and arrogance and mistreatment of customers – and have been for years. That’s why alternatives started up in the first place – especially for business – now for anyone who wants to make sure stuff gets where it need to go on time.
    Maybe if that had charged junk mail/catalog companies more instead of giving them big big discounts and forcing regular correspondence and business mail to fund them , they would be in better shape. Maybe in the past 10 years if they had actually delivered the mail to the correct locations in a timely fashion, they would be in better shape. Maybe if there wasn’t so much thievery (years and years of this), and actually took care of what was entrusted to them, maybe they would be in better shape…I could go on and on – and I’m not the only one.
    Pandemic may be the last straw, but it’s been a long time coming.

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    • I’m sure there are problems but people in the U.S. have no idea how bad the post is in some other countries. In India, you have to almost pray your letter will get to where it’s going. The U.S. banks won’t insure money being wired to India. No one uses the regular mail to send any checks, gifts, etc. Even the post boxes are broken into for even the stamps on letters. It’s very unhandy. —- Suzanne

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      • True things used to work better here, but that’s no excuse. Yesterday we were notified by USPS that a package was left on the door step at a certain time – as it happened we were home and in the kitchen right at that time, door at the front window. Zilch. Door camera showed no one. Finally got hold of the county postmaster to leave a message – and started driving around and walking door to door – as so frequently it happens packages are left various places. We finally found it 3 doors down on their porch. OK a “6” can look like an “8” on ouse or package if you are in a hurry – but this happens all the time – even with all our mailboxes being in a big lump at the end of the street – and each inside slot has a cell address number on it – mail is still put in the wrong places – check, bills, cards, you name it. It was even worse across town where we used to live 1o years ago.
        I had to laugh at your assumption. This multi-county area is one of the most diverse in the country. Over 122 native languages are spoken by school children in their homes – we have multiple linguistic school tracks for local kids to learn a 2nd – or more likely 3rd language. I have neighbors from Pakistan and Indai on this short block – among others. Husband’s company works in partnership with Chinese engineers and a local manufacturing plant who was started and is run by an engineers from India and the other partner from Pakistan…the stories they tell – especially being driven out of their homes because they were the “wrong” Muslins. (They are much less tolerant than we).
        Dependable mail service was considered critical by Ben Franklin. It used to work – and it should now. Acceptance of deterioration destroys so many things, right?
        Hope you are doing well
        Suc ha strange world. It will be a fight to recover lost ground after this virus I fear.
        But they conquered so many diseases before – I remember polio epidemic “the year without swimming pools and playing outside ” we called it. Such jubilation when we lined up for the vaccine.

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  2. Thank you for your detailed answer. My daughter lives in Chicago and used to give the apartment house office address for her mail if she was going out of town. She said it was safer to have the mail go there. Where we lived in the U.S. we were fortunate to have good mail service. It seems it depends where you live. Here it’s just accepted you don’t send anything important through the regular mail. Packages come by messenger if from the bank or Amazon. They did at least until this lockdown. Take care. 🙂 — Suzanne


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