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Postal Service #245059

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 25, 1976
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(Studio) Benj. Franklin founded Postal Service 201 years ago. Postmaster General, Benj. Franklin Bailar, calls for reevaluation of Service.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Buffalo, New York) Monday, the 2nd business delivery will be dropped in 9 cities. Mail delivery to be reduced to 5 days, possibly 3. No more front-door deliveries. 1200 post offices to be closed. No more special deliveries. Postal Service in trouble due to rising labor costs, competition, higher gasoline bills and reduced mail volume.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(DC) [BAILAR - says postal system must change.] [National Association Letter Carriers James RADEMACHER - says many want to turn business over to private enterprise.] Bailar denies this. System called Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) reduces need for Postal Service.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Birmingham, Alabama) Treasury Department computer prepares Social Security payments. Process explained. By 1980, Postal Service expects to lose 5% of mail to EFT. Facsimile transmission sends written material over phone limes. Will handle 5 billion messages by 1984.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(DC) Postal Service using advertising campaign for more letters. [RADEMACHER - says no new ideas since Benj. Franklin controlled P.O., except for machines which destroy mail.] Bulk processing equipment cost $1 billion. United Parcel Service (UPS) handles pkgs. by hand.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Buffalo, New York) [Letter Carrier John POKITKA - looks like he's part of vanishing breed.] Bailar says postal rate must be 23 cents by 1981; could be $1 per letter.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

Cronkite, Walter;
Kilpatrick, Jim

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