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Segment 3 (Letter Imperfect) #491879

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 22, 1977
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(Studio) Changeover in United States Post Office to make it self-supporting and to be run like business, and failure of venture noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Decr. in amount of mailings over last year noted; Post Office dependency on money from mail for funds cited. [Postal consultant John DALY - cites reasons for people not using mail.] Risk of further decrease in mail use with rise in rate of business mail in 1978 cited. [Postmaster General Benjamin BAILAR - believes people who use service should pay for it and if it costs more than they choose to pay, so be it.] Alternate methods of postal service now popularly used listed, include United Parcel Service. Post Office's measures to cut costs, due to falling business, detailed, include loss of rural post offices in places like Stage Junction, Virginia. Building of new post office in Washington, DC neighborhood, whose residents include Senators McIntyre, Bayh, Proxmire, Hollings, Jackson, Sparkman, Eastland and McGovern, noted. [House subcommittee on postal affairs chairperson James MANLEY - projects problems for agency in future, include possible bankruptcy.] [DALY - describes possibilities for future of mail delivery.] [BAILAR - says Postal Service can provide any level of service public is willing to pay for.] Public's payment for service, thru postage or taxes, noted.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

Brinkley, David;
Levine, Irving R.

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