Every day, millions of people enjoy the simple luxury of a blue and grey-clad letter carrier showing up at their house and dropping the day’s mail on their doorstep. But if some Republican lawmakers get their way, this luxury may be short-lived.
Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, is currently championing a plan that would require all Americans to move their mailbox from the doorstep to a community-wide cluster of mailboxes in a central location. The savings for the flat-broke Postal Service would be significant. Whereas doorstep delivery costs $353 per stop, delivering to cluster boxes costs just $160. All things told, this so-called “centralized delivery” system would save $4.5 billion a year, significantly more than the $3 billion ending Saturday deliveries would have saved.