Email And Postal Services

Fred is just like any other normal American In the United States, he has kids, a
family, and, before yesterday, a job to support them. According to an article by

Stephen Barr that appeared in the Washington Post, this sort of thing will be
happening to over 9,000 American postal employees this year due to layoffs(Barr
n. pag.). Many people believe that E-mail is a godsend but this is what is
responsible for the continuous changes that the postal service is having to make
to stay in business. To stop the postal service from going out of business
during the next five years they have started many new programs such as Time

Stamp, E-Bill, their own special E-mail service, and even increasing the price
of the stamp. Currently the postal service has been working like crazy to keep
up with the 17 billion dollar lose of the 65 billion dollars that they were
expected to receive this year to stop them from going "redline"(Stephen
n. pag.).This is a huge task for people like Carolyn Monnerat, the budget and
finance manager at the Saint Paul Post Office who says that she is, "just
not sure what will happen to the approximately eight hundred thousand employees
if our company dose go out of business. It is a big enough task right now just
having to keep on having to rearrange the budget we have to work with as we
continually come up short on money. I just have to pray that some of our new
programs such as Time Stamp will do something to help dig us out of this hole we
are in that just keeps getting continually deeper"(Monnerat n. pag.). This
failure made the postal service rethink about new programs they could create to
stay in business. This eventually brought around the idea of the postal
service\'s E-Bill program. According to Postmaster General, William J. Henderson,
their new Time Stamp program will work on the basis of providing customers the
option of sending sensitive E-mail over the net with an encrypted code of the
time and date and where the E-mail originated from. If this code was not found
on the E-mail that you then receive you would be able to know that someone else
had intercepted your E-mail and possibly even changed the information that is
written in it. According to an Arlington Morning News article written by Michael

Hines, this program is expected to bring in over three million dollars this
year. But since it costs over forty cents per E-mail it is expected to only be
used by major companies such as banks and credit card companies that can absorb
this exorbitant price(Hines n. pag.). This is why the postal service has decided
to expand their E-commerce programs. The newest tactic that the Postal Service
has just started up to aid in their struggle to stay in business is called

E-Bill. The new E-Bill service will be a "fast and simple new program
[that] lets consumers send and receive bills electronically through the Postal

Service web site. If a company or person will not accept electronic payments the

Postal Service will simply print out and mail them a check. Many people believe
that this new service will help save many procrastinators by in away offering
them their own accountant to worry about their bills"(Barr n. pag.). This
service has an estimated setup cost of over 3.6 billion dollars to heir the help
and buy the equipment that will be needed to run it. Many height ranking postal
officials such as Dan Luther, Post Master of Ohio, have argued that it is nice
that people are trying to save the company from the wrath of E-mail but at the
cost of this new E-Bill program we will just lower our budget even
more"(Hines n. pag.). Along with this major attempt to keep on fighting the
effects of E-mail they have also thought about giving up traditional mail
delivery and become a company based on the sending of E-mails. The new E-mail
world of the Postal Service would "...(give) people a E-mail address that
would match their street address. If some one did not have access to the

Internet (the Postal Service) would hand deliver the message in
person"(Barr n. pag.). This may have more impact than the postal service
expects. The major problem that it would cause is to make the public ask and
start to question if they really want to pay money for the luxury of having the
same E-mail address as their street address