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No more door to door mail

The United States Postal Service is considering a plan for "cluster boxes" to serve entire neighborhoods. Chris Clackum reports.
The United States Postal Service is considering a plan for "cluster boxes" to serve entire neighborhoods. Chris Clackum reports.

Some people just love having the mailman deliver to their door. But the postal service says this service has got to go and, instead, deliver the mail to cluster boxes in neighborhoods.

 Today at a house oversight committee hearing, Congressman Darrell Issa of California said, "The benefits of cluster boxes are the only reason that we're talking cluster boxes here today,"

The proposal is part of the postal reform act that the house oversight committee debated again Wednesday. That act sets out to stop the financial bleeding at the postal service, which last year totaled $16 billion dollars.

"The reality is, we're gonna have to cut some costs. We just have to cut some costs," said republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah.

Proponents say dropping or at least reducing door to door delivery to the 37 million homes or businesses that get it now would save the postal service four billion dollars a year.

But opponents say, it's not practical, especially in urban areas. "You would have to knock down houses in my area, in my neighborhood in order to build cluster boxes," said Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch a democrat.

Plus, a lot of customers want to keep door to door delivery. "I prefer the elimination of Saturday delivery," said one customer. Stopping delivery on Saturday was a cost-cutting proposal earlier this year that the postal service postponed after public outcry which is how the proposal to stop door to door may end up, too.
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