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
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
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