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"How the Internet is like a Small Town"
...Twitter is coffee shop of the world... the whole world can now know about the good or bad thing you did just like it's always happened at the small town coffee shop.

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The post office...

I think the United States Post office is one of the most amazing inventions in the history of the world. The fact that I can take a piece of paper, stick it in an envelope, slap a sticker that costs less than a can of pop on it and it will show up a day or two later exactly where I want it to, even if that is 2,000 miles away... it's freaking amazing.

 I think mail carriers are still one of those groups of people that we should be thankful for. They do a job that can be pretty crappy at times... they don't take weather days and most of them still take a lot of pride in providing a service to the citizens of America. So... "thank you" to them.

 I also think both of those things could have been said about the Pony Express and it's riders in 1861.

 I have nothing bad to say about the Post Office, it's employees, any part of it... it's been one of the largest factors in the rise of the United States as a world power.

 The same could be said for the horse, used in the Calvary in warfare.

 I heard on the radio this morning that Congress has a plan for the Postal Service, part of that plan is to NOT quit delivering mail on Saturdays even though it's estimated that it would save the Postal Service 3.1 Billion dollars a year. The reason: "not delivering mail on Saturdays might encourage more people to use other methods of delivery."

wow.

Let's keep running the Pony Express even though it doesn't make enough money to pay its bills because if we quit running it, people will more quickly completely adopt the telegraph.

Let's keep using horses in battle even though our enemy is using tanks because maybe it will slow down the transition from horses to tanks... just a little bit.

huh?

I am NOT saying "get rid of the Postal Service" I still believe some form of hard mail will be being delivered 50 years from now. I am NOT saying the Postal Service is ineffective in the mission it performs, I think they are actually the epitome of efficiency.

I am saying... "quit using pre-school logic to make $3.1 Billion a year decisions."

4 comments:

  1. I would have much rather gotten ridden of saturday delivery then to eliminate mail sorting at the hutchinson branch. We used to be able to mail to all our branches in Kansas by the next day, but now that hutch sends it's sorting to wichita, everything takes two days instead.

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  2. I have absolutely zero knowledge on what should be done Doug... I dont know the processes and systems well enough... all I do know is that fighting the spread of the adoption of electronic communications... well... I don't recommend that.

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