I usually try to stay away from commenting on current events, but sometimes I just can't...
If you’ve been watching the news, or reading your local rag, you are probably aware that the U.S. Postal Service is contemplating stopping Saturday mail delivery. They’ve been talking about it for years, but in our current economic situation, it may become a huge money saving reality.
Seriously, what’s the big deal? There is only one group of people who lobby against the change in a major way. That group is the elderly. Of course, they don't do it themselves, but they have plenty of interest groups representing them, with AARP being the largest.
Of course you're probably thinking there is no way that AARP has that much clout in American politics. Well, think again. There are about 300 million people in the U.S. Of those people, over 40 million belong to AARP. Most members of the Senate and House of Representatives, belong to the same age demographic!
Now I'm all for "senior rights" and things like that, but Saturday delivery? Keep in mind that most of the mail that lands in your mailbox is bulk (junk) mail.
The elderly value opening a piece of "junk" mail, as much as they value a visit from an old friend! Many old timers not only read it, they respond to it, and obey what it says as if it were a court order. To them, a day without mail, is like a day without friends.
Many "elderly" people, including some related to me, don't understand that if the postage on an envelope is “bulk rate,” you are not required to respond in any way. You are not required to open a new credit card. You are not required to donate money to every organization begging for it. And last but not least, you are not required to sign up to receive “collectibles” of anything, on a bi-whatever basis. Truth be told, if something is advertised as collectible, it isn’t, and it never will be.
In closing, what do you receive in the mail that is so important, that you must have it on Saturday, rather than Monday? With very few exceptions, the answer is nothing!