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*Breaking News*Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail to Trim Cost

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.

Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages — and it repeatedly but unsuccessfully appealed to Congress to approve the move. Though an independent agency, the service gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control.

It was not immediately clear how the service could eliminate Saturday mail without congressional approval.

But the agency clearly thinks it has a majority of the American public on its side regarding the change.

Material prepared for the Wednesday press conference by Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, says Postal Service market research and other research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs.

by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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IntactivistMama
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:54 AM
I'm aghast it's not supported by taxes.

I'll miss Saturday mail. :(
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candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:54 AM

this has been supposedly going to happen for many years.   I will believe it when I see it.

maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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me too

Quoting IntactivistMama:

I'm aghast it's not supported by taxes.

I'll miss Saturday mail. :(


maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:56 AM

I guess when August rolls around you will see it to believe it.

Quoting candlegal:

this has been supposedly going to happen for many years.   I will believe it when I see it.


Roxygurl
by Bronze Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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Well they need to do something to save money and of it mean cutting Saturday mail then I'm all for it.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM
I'm okay with that. We don't need mail delivered every day of the week...
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Tiffanydshives
by Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM

 MY husband is a mail carrier.. I asked him this morning..and they are not going to be delivering mail on sat.

Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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The op has it wrong they are just going to stop delivering first class mail on Saturday but everything else will be delivered.

Quoting IntactivistMama:

I'm aghast it's not supported by taxes.

I'll miss Saturday mail. :(


katy_kay08
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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Given how infrequently we actually check our mailbox this is not going to be a big deal for us.  

romalove
by Roma on Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I'm okay with that. We don't need mail delivered every day of the week...

I do.

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