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Andy Rooney on the struggling U.S. Postal Service

By Ed O'Keefe

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"60 Minutes" last night repeated Andy Rooney's October commentary about the future of the U.S. Postal Service, during which he called plans to close thousands of post offices "crazy."

"We have a lot of things that need cutting, but post offices are not among them. There's something special about a letter," Rooney opined. "We all like to get them. An e-mail, on the other hand, has all the charm of a freight train."

"I would rather have a mailman or a mail woman, for that matter, deliver junk mail to me than to get an e-mail," he concluded.

Agree or disagree with Andy? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 15, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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Is he gonna pay for it? Keeping post offices open is all wel land good, and probably good policy overall, but the mail volume isn't there. If he wants to keep them open, he should send more letters.

Posted by: EricS2 | March 15, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I do agree that a hand written letter is nicer. Just 10 years ago a person could purchase nice stationery. I can't even find a store that stocks stationery today. There's something special about receiving a letter from a friend across the miles, even if its only a few times each year.

I could live without Saturday mail delivery, but please don't close my post office. It is quite a distance from me now. I would hate to have to drive even further for postal services.

Posted by: AnnsThought | March 15, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with with the recommendation of no mail delivery on Saturdays. I don't understand the controversy in that proposal...

Posted by: EdinPhilly | March 15, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Again, people, do your homework!! The postal service was in great shape pre-George Bush. His admin said bust the Post Office union at any cost. The Post Office promoted everyone to ridiculously high positions with salaries no one could refuse. These folks cannot be union members. They offered early buyouts to thousands. These people were replaced with temporary workers with no benefits and no career options. In this crazy quest, the Post Office fell to pieces because it was run by highly paid incompetents. Any post office closures should be in Republican districts.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | March 15, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Got it, closing a few unnecessary post offices = the death of all mail.

Posted by: jiji1 | March 15, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Fixing The US Postal Service & Still Getting Your Mail, Andy!

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) needs to be modernized. Physically transporting and sorting paper documents across the country is expensive and inefficient.

The USPS needs to create a secure network system to electronically process paper documents. Each local post office or zip code needs a computer, printer, scanner, and network connection. Businesses would no longer print bills and statement that are mailed, but instead electronically transmit the information through the USPS network to the destination post office. Individuals could transmit documents, similar to the existing email systems, from their home computer or have the information scanned at a post office and transmitted. Each recipient (business or individual) at a physical mailing address could elect to receive documents either by physical delivery or electronically. For physical delivery (That's you Andy), the local post office would print, provide packaging as required by the sender, and deliver like today's system. Yes Andy, it could even come from an email! For electronic delivery, the recipient would log into the USPS network to view, download, or print the documents, as required. The USPS network system could solve all of the current email system problems, such as SPAM and accountability. Every physical address would receive a monthly bill (electronically or physcially delivered) generated by the local post office. The bill would be based on the amount of network usage and type of mailing/delivery service. Paper documents not transmitted, packages, and boxes processed by the USPS would be handled by a shipping business such as FEDEX or UPS for transport across the country. For low priority items, the shipping business would delivery to the destination post office and USPS would do the local delivery.

A new postal rate hike is coming in the near future, but will not solve the U.S. Postal Service problems. Modern technology can!

Posted by: bobmcreynold | March 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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