Why? Why is it sad that there is so much more convenience available to us through technology? Why is it sad that we don't need to write cheques, buy envelopes, buy stamps and go to the post office or post box to send off bill payments? Why is it sad that we can communicate with our friends and family locally and overseas instantly?
It's a reality that slow post has had its day - like the hand-driven loom and the horse and cart.
But like those devices, postal deliveries aren't going to disappear overnight. They will be reduced to half the number in urban areas.
Still Grey Power are terribly upset:
The reductions would severely disadvantage the elderly, especially those who could not afford computers.Surely they exaggerate. If the highlight of your day is the postman coming, with our without mail, you need to get an interest.
And as people change their habits, in particular, purchasing increasingly from the net, including everyday items like groceries, more delivery opportunities will arise. Posties need to anticipate the changed opportunities more than anybody else and plan their employment around them.