Of course we all take the postal service for granted. It’s been there to deliver mail – rain or shine – since 1775. It’s an icon. But is it time to consider casting the USPS aside?
I, for one, must admit that I look forward to my daily trip to the mailbox at the end of the driveway. As a writer working at home, the sound of the mailman driving by around 2:30 pm signals time to take a break, and I look forward to it. Every day I walk to the mailbox with anticipation.
But the anticipation dwindles as I find flip through junk mail, catalogs, and – if I’m really lucky – a piece of personal mail. The truth is – despite having been conditioned for years to expect something exciting in the mail, it rarely comes.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I received a handwritten letter in the mail. Most of us prefer e-mail. It’s faster, and we have the benefit of spell check. Even college acceptance letters are most frequently delivered online today. Of course there is the occasional invitation – weddings, anniversaries, and other big events; many of us still choose the mail to deliver the official invitation, but more often that not we’ve spread the news about the event on facebook, or via e-mail.
Bank statements and bills? I use automated bill pay at my financial institution. And I’ve gone paperless for nearly all financial statements.
And about those catalogs? Save the trees, please.
I do get a sense of gratification when the mailman delivers a package – usually something I am expecting – and that makes my trip to the end of the driveway seem worthwhile.
But Fedex comes by around 10:30 am and the UPS truck is usually here by 4:30 pm. There is no doubt in my mind that packages would still be able to be delivered if the US Postal Service was dissolved. There’s also no doubt in my mind that private delivery companies could pick up the slack to deliver all else.
So then, is it time to wave goodbye to the mailman for good? What do you think?