Door to door mail delivery may come to an end

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indexBy Jennifer Liberto  @CNNMoney July 23, 2013: 11:55 AM ET


If you’re moving to a newly built house, say goodbye to mail delivery at your door.

And if some House Republicans get their way, all door-to-door mail delivery will go away.

 The U.S. Postal Service is marching towards a more “centralized delivery,” where residents pick up their own mail from clusters of mail boxes located in their neighborhood. Local postmasters are sending hundreds of letters to fast-growing communities, warning that cluster boxes will be the way mail will be delivered to new developments.

In the past year, the cash-strapped Postal Service has been asking companies in industrial parks and shopping malls to also adopt this form of mail delivery.

But Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican leading the House effort to save the postal service, wants more. He has made doing away with doorstep delivery a key part of his bill, which would require everyone to get mail at a curbside box or from a cluster box.

“A balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt to America’s changing use of mail,” said Issa, who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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  • bang ding ow

    …and who will be responsible to pay for these ” cluster” mailboxes, if i had to take a wild guess the American taxpayer will be getting screwed again.

  • Cheryl

    I would not like to have to go several blocks to pick-up my mail and there would probably be vandalism at the boxes as well. Not for this idea at all…..Cheryl

  • Wild Willy

    The same Republicans are the ones who make the USPS pay for retirement benfits in the amount of $6billion in advance for 75 years – employees who are not even born yet. If they really want to help the USPS, they need to correct this and then require the USPS to eliminate a level of micromanagement. Either the district an area management level should be elimated. Then, those rich patrons who have their mail delivered to out-of -the way locations should be required to put their box at a place efficiently accessed by the mail carrier. I speak from experience – 31 years as a carrier. I don't think Issa would appreciate my response.

  • luvsmynascar88

    It would be much cheaper to just give everyone a post office box at the post if they want to do away to door to door. Instead of putting up clusters of mailboxes. They want to save money but then they are going to spend more money on the cluster mailboxes makes no since !

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