I’ve been standing here waiting Mr. Postman
Sooo, so patiently
For just a card, or just a letter
Saying he’s returning home to me.
Please Mr. Postman!
Well, the poor Marvelettes may have to wait just another day come August when the U.S. Postal Service plans to cut home delivery on Saturdays in a desperate attempt to save a few billion dollars.
Of course, a lot has changed since 1961 when “Please Mr. Postman” hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 11 chart.
You see, that boyfriend they’ve been waiting to hear from has probably already sent the break-up text and changed his status on Facebook from “in a relationship” to “it’s complicated.” No need to wait for the mail to get a “Dear Marvelette ...” letter these days.
At the beginning of the month, Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced that the U.S. Postal Service would no longer have home delivery of letters on Saturdays effective Aug. 1. This move is estimated to save the service at least $2 billion per year.
And we should achieve some of those savings, too. Consider that just this month, the Postal Service increased the cost of first-class stamps to 46 cents, while postcard prices went up to 33 cents. It was the fifth increase since 2006.
But change is tough. Even when it means more change in our pocket.
Consider what one online reader had to say.
“I just have a question that I’ve not hear anyone speak of. When there is a holiday on Mondays, which there are several, will we not get mail from Friday until Tuesday?” Linda Romesburg asked. “That’s too long to go without mail service. Maybe on those weeks, mail will come on the Monday holiday.”
The Postal Service thinks it has a majority of the American public on its side — the service’s market research indicates that nearly 7 in 10 people support the switch as a way to reduce costs. And when you make a bold statement like that, you better be able to back it up. We polled our own readers, who log on each week to www.timeswv.com to express their thoughts on our online poll question. Last week we asked “How much will it affect you if the U.S. Postal Service stops delivery of mail to homes on Saturdays”
And here’s what our readers had to say:
This will be a pain! I’m going to have to adjust the way I do things — 12.75 percent
Online bill pay and emails ... who needs home delivery? — 42 percent
It may take some getting used to, but if it saves on postage in the long run, I’m happy — 45.1 percent
Well, the Postal Service may, in fact, be right this time. We’ve got more than 87 percent of our readers either supporting the change or at least the idea behind it.
This week, let’s talk about a proposal made by President Barack Obama to increase minimum wage to $9 per hour. Can you support that?
Log on. Vote. Email me or respond directly online, like Linda did.
I’ve been standing here waiting Mr. Postman
‘Pothole blitz’ badly needed service coming in West Virginia
Hopefully, the heavy snow and extremely cold weather of January, February and early March are in the past.
Remnants of the harsh winter, though, remain. They’re faced each day by the state’s drivers.
Potholes have West Virginia’s roads in their worst condition in years, and the damaging freeze-thaw cycle is not over.
‘The issues are complicated’ with e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have been around for about seven years.
But you’d be shocked at how long the idea for the the tobacco-less product has been around.
“A primitive, battery-operated ‘smokeless non-tobacco cigarette’ was patented as early as 1963 and described in Popular Mechanics in 1965,” Megan McArdle wrote for Business Week last monty.
Coal industry can’t afford to give this administration and EPA more ammunition
Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
The whole industry got another black eye this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s largest coal producers, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and invest $200 million to reduce illegal water pollution in five states, including West Virginia.
Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
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