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Neither rain, nor sleet nor gloom of night.
While the above refrain was never the official slogan for the U.S. Postal Service, we all know it well. And, it always gave us some reassurance that the mail would always be delivered.
However, back in the late 1800s, when that slogan first became associated with USPS, no one had likely anticipated the impact of the internet.
Testifying before a congressional committee earlier this month, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the Postal Service would not be able to make its annual $5.5 billion payment to pre-fund retiree health benefits.
Donahoe made a number of suggestions before the committee, one of which was cutting Saturday delivery. With so many businesses closed on Saturdays, the Postal Service believes that nixing Saturday delivery would have the least impact on consumers.
But how did we get here?
Part of the problem rests with Internet functions such as e-mail and online bill pay, which have left deep cuts in the Postal Service business.
While paying bills online or sending an e-mail to a friend may be a simpler and cheaper method, the CKNJ editorial board is divided on the issue.
Saving money on postage, the ease of paying bills or sending an e-mail anytime, including weekends and holidays, and the peace of mind of knowing exactly when that payment or e-mail will arrive at its destination are all pluses for the internet.
On the other side of the coin, the Post Office plays a vital role in our country. How else could you send something anywhere in the country for 44 cents? For those who don't want to pay bills online, it's easier to drop the bills in a mailbox rather than drive to each business. And we here at the CKNJ are well aware of the crucial role the Postal Service plays in delivering our product as well as other newspapers and magazines.
Technology may make life more convenient, but it can also rob us of personal contact. How many of us have bumped into an old friend while waiting in line to buy stamps? And, don't we all get excited when we receive a card in the mail?
We may be divided on the issue of cutting Saturday delivery, but we would like your input. Letters can be mailed to Central Kentucky News-Journal, P.O. Box 1138, Campbellsville, Ky. 42719; e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to 465-2500.
Just remember, if you are in favor of keeping Saturday delivery, you may want to a buy a stamp and mail your comments to us.