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Would You Miss Saturday Mail Delivery?

A proposal would end Saturday first-class mail delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly announcing on Wednesday that it will stop Saturday first-class mail delivery by Aug. 1, reported CBS News.

Mail personnel have delivered mail on Saturdays for 150 years, but the plan is to end regular mail service, while maintaining Saturday delivery for packages and express mail, said CBS News.

The move is the latest attempt by the cash-strapped federal department to save money. It has already cut employees and service, but still reportedly lost $16 billion last year.

What do you think about this idea? Would you miss Saturday mail service?

Jack Baillargeron February 07, 2013 at 12:50 AM
PS, I seem to remember he said if the raised the cost of a Stamp to a dollar they would still not be able to survive.
ROBERT PATTERSON February 07, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Jillian Preble February 07, 2013 at 01:34 AM
It would not be a good choice for small businesses. Small business owners face enough trials. Why add an extra day to wait for accounts payable to arrive in the mail?
Robert Farebrother February 07, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Understand the cut, but not happy about it.
English first February 07, 2013 at 03:43 AM
If the postal service didn't spend so much sponsoring Lance Armstrong maybe they would be in better conditions.
English first February 07, 2013 at 03:44 AM
You can get off the junk mail by signing up for stop junk mail.
Joseph E. Neves ( Joe ) February 07, 2013 at 03:45 AM
STOP MONDAY DELIVERY Because we celebrate holidays on Monday an mail is laggard. Joe Nev.
English first February 07, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Kim February 07, 2013 at 04:19 AM
you do know that FedEx and UPS use the post office for the "last mile" on quite a few of there packages, right? Why do you think packages will still be delivered on Sat.?
Stephen Greenwell (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 11:16 AM
To be fair, the USPS is seemingly the only government agency that has to pay for onerous pension demands immediately. For some reason, they have to prefund 75 years worth of pensions completely, I believe. While obviously, Rhode Island residents of all people can realize this isn't the worst thing in the world, it's also responsible for the majority of the post office's current "deficit." It's not good to only fund pensions at a 10 to 20 percent level, like what a lot of Rhode Island towns have done, but requiring the USPS to completely pay for a pension today that someone might not earn and cash in for 75 years seems to be folly in the opposite extreme. The Washington Post has a summary blog post about this here - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/06/the-post-office-is-defying-congress-by-halting-saturday-deliveries-why/
NK Parent February 07, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I honesty won't miss it at all. In fact, if it saves enough money they should just go to Monday, Wednesday, Friday delivery.
BOB I February 07, 2013 at 02:32 PM
they have been delivering mail on sat saturdays for 150 years.they also delivered twice a day during the christmas season, that stopped too.
Joe Richer February 07, 2013 at 02:34 PM
So UPS and Fedex "can't touch USPS rates" and USPS is going broke...
Rags 1 February 07, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Congress because of special interests, lobbing by the Chamberof Commerce, junk mail corporations etc etc--has never relinguished control over the Postal Service. The smoke and mirrors quasi-public govening board is a political joke composed of high paying no show jobs to insiders. The USPS is revenue neutral; however, because Congress requires that pensions costs be paid for up front, the service loses money. It is the only one required to do so and the bulk of its money is invested by guess who? The USPS govening board and Wall St. Harry Houdini could have not done better. Saturday deliveries were blocked by Congress not for economic reasons but political reasons. Watch the special interests raise hell now and how Congres reacts. Money talks and you know what walks.
SeeUinRI February 07, 2013 at 04:37 PM
5 days a week is fine with me. People who receive SS, SSDI etc; usually get checks on the first but if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday they get them on Friday so it doesn't make a difference.
Jack Baillargeron February 07, 2013 at 05:43 PM
UPDATE; Part 1 So it begins. Yet another good idea that the DEMS and the Unions will fight tooth and nail to stop. Of course they are blaming the GOP already for this naturally. No matter what cuts the GOP comes up with or supports the DEMS refuse to allow. They then look for loop holes to stop it and their masters in the Unions cry the blues and demand they stop it. Those who think it does not cost the taxpayers are very wrong; The USPS has been borrowing money to the tune of Billions from the treasury, (that is taxpayer funds). Yes the defaulted in paying it back so we foot the bill for this. The mandates that “Congress” keeps putting on this USPS, along with the “Postal Union” is what is driving it out of business, not the way it runs. They have known for years this was coming. Look for healthcare to be the next thing that goes bust in this country. The CBO has confirmed what many suspected all along on the bill no-one read that it will balloon into an epic destruction of our healthcare system. We have hit the proverbial wall in so many government entities, and the DEMS could care less it is all on them as this USPS problem will be also now. I do not fault the GOP on the healthcare since the fact is, they voted unanimously against it knowing its cost was a lie. Whether they will have a hand in this is yet to known. If they do then shame on them as well.
Jack Baillargeron February 07, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Part 2 Anyone who did read the “Healthcare Bill” could see it would fail and cost all taxpayers in more Federal and State taxes. These unsustainable problems like the USPS and Healthcare; must be dealt with by cuts, cuts and more cuts. Noticer eldery being used as a scare tactic. This has nothing to do with junk mail or any part of the Mail business. It has to do with Employee unsustainable wage, pension and benefit cost period. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/saturday-delivery-postal-service_n_2631221.html?ir=Business&ref=topbar Unions and a host of businesses that rely on the Postal Service have argued that the breadth of the agency's service is its strongest asset. Cutting back on delivery, they say, would diminish the agency's value and inevitably lead to a "death spiral." It would also disproportionately hurt elderly and rural Americans who rely more on the mail. The agency has struggled with mounting losses in recent years, and defaulted on payments to the U.S. Treasury in 2012 for the first time in its history. But, for the most part, the agency's alarming red ink is not due to operational losses, but to financial requirements placed on it by lawmakers. In 2006, Congress passed legislation forcing the agency to pay $5.5 billion per year to fund health care for retirees years in advance. Of the agency's $15.9 billion in losses last year, $11.1 billion of it stemmed from Congress's pre-funding mandates.
Mike Janick February 07, 2013 at 05:46 PM
While the true background of why the USPS is facing financial issues (mandatory retirement pre-funding, Congressional/US Government franking, “last mile” mandate) is lost in the rhetoric, it remains one of the original and most recognizable features of our great country. The postal carrier is an integral part of daily life in many rural parts of our country. For some Americans, they are the only person they may see on any given day. Did you know the USPS is legally obligated to deliver to every US address (when mail is available for that address) every day they deliver. So they deliver to places like the base of the Grand Canyon (via mule) or to remote villages in the wilds of Alaska. Some would argue “well, they could drop the mail via parachute into the Grand Canyon” but those arguments miss the point. The USPS is part of the fabric of America. In some communities the post office is a gathering place to trade local news and gossip. It’s a community feature that will be missed when it is gone.
Mike Janick February 07, 2013 at 05:47 PM
And the carrier has served a more basic service than just putting mail in your box? It’s been reported that postal carriers report more crimes than any other entity. They are the “eyes” and “ears” for us all in our neighborhoods. They recognize a vehicle that may not belong. They are one of the first sources the Police seek out when a housebreak occurs while the homeowner is at work during the day. The sad part is that most people do not think of the incidental benefits the USPS provides when they bring that despised junk mail to your door. If Congress truly wanted the USPS to survive they would stop using them as a cash cow to the tune of $6-10 billion a year and allow them to compete with UPS and FedEx. Privatizing mail delivery has been spoken about for over 20 years but the reality is that if your address is at the end of a long route, the so called “last mile”, would you want your postal rate to be $2.00 per mail piece while your friend in the city who lives in a high-rise pays only $0.50 per piece? As the USPS evolves, and tries to remain relevant in the digital age, we should understand the beneficial service they provide and hope it doesn’t go the way of the Pony Express. Just another part of our history that is only recalled in museums.
Mike Janick February 07, 2013 at 05:48 PM
And in the interest of full disclosure, I was a former postal manager for over 20 years who is now in private industry but I understand what the USPS means beyond Publishers Clearing House and bills in the daily mail. Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General appointed in 1775 said “any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do”.
Jack Baillargeron February 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Wel that is all true Mike, the Saturday delivery is long past its time in the modern age, even in those far and hard to reach places. Also as you well know that if the post mark on a bill is after the fact of the due date they recieve it by law a Company cannot penalize that citizen. This affects no seniors or anything else. It does however stream line the system to remain viable for years to come hopefully and for me anyone against this, politician or citizen has no clue of the financial straits it is in due to the Federal Government regulations and Congress constantly micro manageing it in my opinion any way.
Jack Baillargeron February 07, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Should note that I posted those facts above because they are, well the facts on its finances that as you say are ignored. Yet again though this will be used by a party as a political football like both parties constantly do. I am tired for one of these politicians not getting it. Hard times require answers and not rhetoric or keeping the status quo. Some things cannot nor should not be fixed. This throwing my Tax money to merely have the USPS remain in debt for no reason other than the do not want to lose votes is not a tragedy but an upsurtion of the rights of the citizen to be protected from debt by their Government. You cannot legislate to get rid of stupidy, but you sure can legislate to keep it going as we all know. ;-}
Jack Baillargeron February 07, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Thanks you for your service to the Country also mike, many of you are unsung hero's in my book.
Small Change February 08, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Noted with some satisfaction that the head of the Postal Union is appalled at the idea. Which suggests why Congress has made the idea illegal to this point. This at least suggests that costs will go down. Remember when some East Bay communities were considering going to a 4 day school week, saying it would save on heating, electricity etc. And we said WHAT? Won't it save on teacher's salaries? and we were told no, they would not be affected. It appears that for postal workers, unlike for teachers, there is this crazy idea that how much you work should have some bearing on how much you are paid.
Joe Richer February 08, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Hi Mike, This post will seem rude..and I do apologize...I don't mean for it to sound rude. But...horses and buggies were once part of the fabric of America - times and technology change. USPS can and should continue...as a private entity competing with UPS and Fedex.
Bill Synwoldt February 09, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Not at all. Too much junk mail. All I really want is first class mail from companies I do business with and a few publications.
Kathryne Tirrell February 09, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Yes. I receive payments through the mail so if a check is mailed on Thursday or Friday I might not receive it til Monday if there's no Saturday delivery.
nkresident February 09, 2013 at 04:58 AM
no mail delivery on Saturdays...what a surprise...cannot believe it lasted for this long. The USPS could have cut this service years ago.
nkresident February 09, 2013 at 05:10 AM
I realize that some poeple will be affected to a degree with no Saturday delivery but management at USPS says the bigger picture is trying to save money and delaying the ultimate failure of the whole postal system. With email and texting and a half dozen other different ways of comminication other than thru the US mail , this really is a long time in coming.
Becky February 10, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Wont miss it at all!!!


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