The Postal Service seems to be dying. In the last decade the U.S. Postal Service has lost 29% of it's mail volume. More and more people are using email and online bill pay services and relying less and less on the USPS. On Monday, the USPS announced changes that wouldn't make service better. Instead it would lay-off workers and slow down the service. According to FOX News:

The reduction in turnaround time could slow everything from check payments to Netflix's DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines delivered by postal carrier to far-flung suburban and rural communities.

That birthday card mailed first-class to Mom also could arrive a day or two late, if people don't plan ahead.

Williams said that instead of having a 6 to 6 1/2-hour operating window, it will expand to 16-20 hours in order to reduce the pieces of equipment needed in the network. As a result, the Postal Service will lose 252 of the 461 mail processing centers across the country and 28,000 jobs will be cut by the end of 2012.

The USPS isn't in the business of making life better it seems. Instead they are in a huge cost cutting mode that will make their service even more unreliable. It begs the question, what should happen to the USPS?