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Postal Service to End Saturday Mail: Will You Miss It?

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday morning announced it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays. But eliminating Saturday mail deliver is expected to save the Posal Service, which is in debt, $2 billion a year.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays? Post a comment below.

Michelle Kye February 06, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I think it's a good idea that will help preserve jobs and save some money for us all -- the govt. and the tax payers. The USPS is not solvent so something needs to be done and I commend the postmaster on this decision. I know the Unions are against this move, but I do think in the end, it will preseve jobs. It's better than firing someone. Monday-Friday first class mail delivery works for me.
Joe Feltcher February 06, 2013 at 09:43 PM
If it means one less day of my mailman barrel-assing through my court and shoving worthless junk mail into my box, than I am all for it.
Atur February 06, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I say deliver Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thats enough for me. Some people only check their mail once every couple of days anyways. Quite honestly, I would be fine with 1 delivery per week.
Racerx Gto February 07, 2013 at 07:36 AM
The United States has had Saturday mail service since 1863. Today, it's losing $25million a day among other government services that are collapsing in negative balance; Social Security, Medicare and shortly, government mandated healthcare. So what does this say about the country? If anything, it further proves that government does not know how to run a business. The US Post Service can be fixed rather easily, however politics stop that from happening.
Lisa Geraty February 07, 2013 at 06:17 PM
This is way overdue. They should have cut Saturday service years ago; it's about time. I too would be fine with Monday, Wednesday, Friday delivery; especially since medicines and such will still be delivered on those other days (per the story). I am guilty of only getting to the mailbox once or twice a week & then I spend an hour throwing out junk mail.
Tricketts February 07, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Saturday is the only day I can pick up packages that require signature for delivery. I receive regular shipments of medications such as insulin through the mail as required by my health care provider. If I buy them at the pharmacy directly, my plan does not cover them. I am not home on week days to accept delivery. I don't know how I will be able to handle this situation without either taking time off from work or paying full price for my medications.
Mercy February 08, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Some people are soo ignorant and dumb they still think the US Postal Service is funded by taxpayers, some people need to do some research because Until 1971, mail delivery was handled by the Post Office Department, a Cabinet department in the federal government. Postal worker strikes prompted President Nixon to pass the Postal Reorganization Act in 1971, transforming it into the semi-independent agency we now know as the United States Postal Service. The USPS in its current form runs like a business, relies on postage for revenue and, for the most part, has not used taxpayer money since 1982, when postage stamps became “products” instead of forms of taxation. Taxpayer money is only used in some cases to pay for mailing voter materials to disabled and overseas Americans. And if you think that jobs will be saved well you're wrong also many jobs will be lost. Yes everybody calls it junk mail postal employees call it job security mail, just like without garbage there wouldn't be garbage men, without criminals there wouldn't be CO's or police officers, without fires no fire men etc etc etc
Yvonne February 08, 2013 at 01:54 AM
All junk mail should be scheduled for Saturdays... what a waste of $$$$
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 08, 2013 at 05:00 AM
No!! Stop!! Wait a minute Mr. Postman can't you see..... www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dVt11UZ0uA
SalthePlumber February 08, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Be careful what you wish for, Your wishes may come true...
The Stig February 08, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I assume you all know that this is due to the Republican's pre-funding initiative just before Obama took office, yes? They were required to pre-fund 75 years worth of pensions in a two-year span. And couldn't. Of course, no American company - or public agency - could. Even Sergiy Brin said it'd bankrupt Google if they had to, and in the history of the world, no government has required this ever. And, as you all should also know, not a single dime of tax dollars goes to the US Postal Service. For those who argue that a private company could do it as well (which was the reason for the GOP proposal, to open up more delivery options for wealthy shippers who bankrolled them), just remember this: almost 40% of FedEx packages are delivered by the USPS, because FedEx doesn't have the infrastructure in many places to handle delivery.
The Stig February 08, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Then I guess you shouldn't have voted Republican, since this was caused by the GOP pension pre-funding plan. You get the government you deserve, yes?
The Stig February 08, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Not a single dime of tax dollars goes to the USPS. And it's the GOP pension prefund plan that caused this. Can you name a single government agency anywhere in the world, or a single private company, no matter how profitable, that can prefund 75 years worth of pensions in a two-year span?
The Stig February 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM
The $23.2 million per day is actually because they're trying to prefund retirement funds for the next 75 years before this coming July. The USPS' own operating fees are actually only 72% of their income, according to the 2010 House budget analysis, although the OMB report puts it at 76%. And not one dime of that comes from your taxes. PLEASE get your facts right.
Marilyn Keller February 10, 2013 at 03:22 AM
They will not deliver mail BUT they will still deliver packages on Saturday
irene February 10, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I will miss Saturday mail service. I am against eliminating Saturday mail delivery of any kind.

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