In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
What do you think about the U.S. Postal Service's plan to discontinue Saturday mail delivery?
THE ONLY THING it means to me is I get a blessed extra day to forget my bills and one less trip to the recycling bin with junk mail. Only hope is that for the good of the bottom line, they are not giving up Saturday delivery just for Lent.
I THINK IT would be irresponsible for them not to. Technology has cost them big time, and if they don't find a way to cut costs while exploring new ways to provide viable services, they will soon become extinct. I'm confidant that the public and business community will adjust to the change in a very short period of time.
PERSONALLY, I DON'T see a major problem not having U.S. Postal delivery on Saturday. Other methods of communication have developed. I would like to see the post office counter to remain open on Saturdays as many people are not able to access these services on weekdays.
NOT NEAR ENOUGH! Three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) mail service would be more than satisfactory to the huge majority of Americans. Maybe then the U. S. Postal Service could actually balance their budgets, rather than continue to pile up huge deficits each year. I think most of us will survive not receiving countless reams of junk mail six days a week -- that ends up in the our trash cans and landfill.
I THINK THAT it is good for the Postal Service to do this to save money to continue serving the public. In these financial roller coaster times, all agencies should cut back where possible. The Postal Service has provided a great service for years, and they are at least trying to find ways to continue their service. Mail deliveries Mondays through Fridays is still a good service period, which we the public can adjust to.
Ralph A. Hernandez
IT'S A POOR plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. If they want to save money, they should start with eliminating the excessive number of management position salaries -- and, they should stop blaming the hard working letter carriers and clerks for the Postal Service's financial troubles.
This week's question:
Some East County residents are concerned about Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build a pair of 37-mile-long tunnels that would convey water from the Sacramento River south of Sacramento near Courtland to Clifton Court Forebay near Byron, bypassing the Delta. Tunnel proponents argue that it would provide water to needy residents in Southern California and farmers in the Central Valley, while being located farther upstream than past plans so the conveyance of Delta water wouldn't bring salt water in from the bay and alter the ecosystem. Do you agree with Brown's plan or would you prefer an alternative plan? If so, why?
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