The U.S. Postal Service has made it official. Saturday mail delivery will end in August. Postal officials said because of urgent financial woes, they can't afford to wait for the okay from Congress. So homes and businesses will only receive letters Monday through Friday.
Given the choice of an empty mailbox on Saturdays or a bankrupt Postal Service, some Americans say they can live mail just five days a week.
"I think it's what they need to do," Richard Gallatin said. "If they need to save money, this is what they need to do. We don't need Saturday delivery. We'll get along just fine."
"I don't really care about Saturday delivery," said Richard Phillips. "What I would like is the post office to get out of debt."
The postmaster general said dropping Saturday letter deliveries to homes and businesses will save about $2 billion a year.
"I think it's not a good thing," Vickie Garner said. "I appreciate the Saturday deliveries. A lot of times I can send things to my mother overnight for Friday and she'll receive it on Saturday. And without that Saturday delivery, she won't get something that may be crucial for her to have in that amount of time."
Postal Service officials said they'll continue delivering packages and mail sent to P.O. boxes on Saturdays.
"I think the postage keeps going up and they are giving less and wanting more," said Gail Levens.
The head of the Letter Carriers Union said the change will hurt millions of customers particularly businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery.
Congress banned five-day delivery in its appropriations bill. However, because the federal government is now operating under a temporary spending measure, the postal service said it can make the change itself. The postmaster general is asking Congress not to re-impose the ban when the spending measure expires in late March.
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