USPS: 'Letters Are Going Away'
The U.S. Postal Service removed all doubt Tuesday. "Letters are going away, as the 10-year trend below so clearly illustrates," writes a USPS spokeswoman, referring to the chart pictured.
Target Marketing had asked her for a response to a press release on Tuesday that took aim at the USPS for, in its words, not concentrating on delivering First Class mail. Email, rather than First Class mail, arrived at Target Marketing in the morning bearing the subject line, "Taxpayers Protection Alliance tells the U.S. Postal Service 'stick to delivering our letters' in new video."
The USPS spokeswoman says single-piece First Class mail, which includes personal correspondence and bill payments, "historically has funded the organization, since we do not receive tax dollars. Package volume is growing exponentially. This past Sunday, postal mail carriers delivered more than 4.6 million packages to customers across the country. Just yesterday, Monday, Dec. 15, we delivered more than 26 million packages. The mail mix is changing and the Postal Service welcomes that change!" [Editor's note: The exclamation point is hers.]
As for the video [see the second image in the media player], it comes from a nonprofit organization that isn't legally required to reveal its donors.
In the video, a blonde cartoon girl sends a "Happy Holidays" card to her grandmother while saying it's getting harder and harder to send First Class mail. The video follows a USPS vehicle picking up the card as the girl narrates how the USPS made "an exclusive" deal with Amazon to deliver groceries. (USPS delivers AmazonFresh groceries.) And now the postal service delivers packages on Sunday in dilapidated vehicles, the girl says, sounding alarmed. Finally, the video shows the postal vehicle breaking down before delivering the card to her sad and confused grandmother.
"Perhaps the postal service should stop cutting mail services in favor of these other costly things and stick to what we really need them to do," the girl suggests, before adopting a pleading voice, "deliver our letters."