Proposal could change the way you receive mail

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Wednesday, a House committee approved a proposal that would end door-to-door mail delivery, impacting 15 million Americans.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the measure on an 18-13 vote.

Currently, the U.S. Postal Service spends $380 annually for every door delivery address compared with $240 for curbside and $170 for communal boxes.

Democrats oppose the plan; while Republican Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., says switching to communal or curbside delivery would save the U.S. Postal Service $2 billion annually.

In Rock Island, the neighborhood near the intersection of Blackhawk Road and 30th street use communal mailboxes.

"I think they are convenient," said A.J. Clay, who lives in the housing addition. "If it's going to save money, I think every neighborhood should use the communal boxes."

Others oppose the plan, arguing urban areas may not have the space to implement a curbside or communal mail system.

If passed and signed by the President, the U.S Postal Service would have a decade to make the transition.


  • David

    I would rather see staggered delivery days. Monday, Wednesday, Friday for some areas and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday for the other areas. It would save on delivery labor costs, not inconvenience homeowners, and eliminate the cost of buying and installing all of the cluster boxes.

    • Lori

      I agree – and what ever happened to doing away with Saturday delivery. I thought I heard congress put the nix on that. If they’re so interested in saving money, start with that easy change! There’s absolutely no reason we need Saturday deliveries.

  • Betty Pratt

    What about the elderly people who wouldn’t be able to get their
    mail in the winter when it’s snowy & icy? They could fall &
    break their hip or worse!!!

  • Amanda

    I agree with David. I finally moved into a duplex 2 years ago, and I find my mail right at my door much nicer than having to go to an big huge box with everyone else to get my mail. When I lived in an apartment and had to do so, I grabbed my mail only once or twice a month. Now I look at my mail everyday.

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