Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said last month that beginning Aug. 5, household mail deliveries will be reduced from six to five days a week, saving $2 billion annually.
Well, I say reduce deliveries another 1-1/2 days a week, saving another $3 billion, for a total of $5 billion. Simply, I get my mail today, my cross-town neighbor gets his tomorrow, I receive mail the third day, 365 days a year.
Whoa, you say. That would mean half my mail arrives a day late. Well it's snail mail anyway, but think about it. Today, (with delivery six days a week), one-seventh (14.3 percent) of your mail is a day late.
Beginning Aug. 5, another 14.3 percent will be two days late. Throw in holidays, which usually occur on Mondays or Fridays, and another approximately 2.9 percent of mail will arrive three days late. That's 31.5 percent of your mail arriving one to three days late.
I'd rather have half mine arrive one day late all the time and save the Postal Service $5 billion annually. You might also say such a schedule would require some carriers to work weekends and holidays. Well, most public service agencies already do that, and these are still sought-after jobs.