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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 Carver February 06, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I remember when the post office delivered twice a day...
Bill Bowler February 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
In Hamilton and Wenham we have three post offices within a mile of each other. That's two too many.
Bill February 06, 2013 at 05:02 PM
It's not the unions or mgt's fault, it is about technology and changing habits and business practices. Sat should have been done away with for third-class and junk years ago. They only thing I get in the mail I care about are a few bills and stuff I order from Amazon or other online retailers. Sadly, most catalogs are a complete waste of paper and money. They go right into the recycling bin. Time marches on...
Harry Birmingham February 06, 2013 at 05:56 PM
They will stop the mail delivery and that is a good thing economically for the post office but there is a drawback to doing it. The post office will deliver drug mailings on saturday as in any other day. That will give the JUNKIES the opportunity to steal the elderly medications from the mail boxes for there own use or to sell. Its bad enough to depend on medications to be healthy and to stay alive with out JUNKIES stealing them. There should be no receiving of drug mailings on saturdays to avoid the theft . They should be in the mail box with the regular mail during the week. Why let the JUNKIES know who and when the medications are in someones mail box by just following the mail carrier around on a saturday. If you agree with my thoughts here make them known to the US Postal Service and all you talk to .
john February 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
The damage to the USPS is irreversable in my opinion. Presently UPS and Fedex give them work that those 2 companies don't want. They will never be a competitor in the package delivery market. They are waisting millions on commercials as they continue to announce increased stamp prices. Stopping Saturday delivery is like puting a bandaid on a bullet wound without removing the bullet. The time is right to get the government out of the mail business. The Salem PO recently had a million-plus renovation and the second floor is empty. Why can't they see the obvious? Years ago all my bills got a stamp and went to the post office,today I send almost nothing through the post office. Even our own government is reluctent to bail out the post office in any way and rightfully so.If I am not using the post office why should my tax dollars be used to continue to support a money loosing operation? One last thing,they sub out work on vehicles to Pep Boys in Salem at OUTRAGEUS prices.Have you ever had work done at Pep Boys? They are awful.
john February 06, 2013 at 06:51 PM
All narcotic medications are suppose to be delivered only if someone is home to sign. The post office has been leaving this stuff for years. Most of it is dumped on them from UPS because they can't be bothered.
Bruce Atkins February 06, 2013 at 06:55 PM
The mail service is terrible. We never get our own mail - We get everyone elses and have no idea where ours end up. I hardly ever use the USPS anymore because of their inefficiency. The last time we mailed from the Peabody post office was to mail our Christmas Cards, which our grandchildren, who also live in Peabody, never received! We won't miss it all! They did themselves in.
Saber Walsh February 06, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Every time this has come up, the SEIU was able to work the back halls of Congress and get it squashed. I guess times have changed...
Daubach February 06, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Some would argue that's three too many.
bjean February 06, 2013 at 07:29 PM
SEIU?? Are you slow? They have NOTHING to do woth the post office.
bjean February 06, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Mail service has many layers. We have old, outdated machinery which puts the mail in the wrong sequence. Then you have casual employees/non-career employees who just throw whatever they have in the mailbox. And even with regular, career employees, they do the best they can to weed out "bad mail" while they are delivering. Don't judge or assume to know where the problems lie when you don't work for the company. It's comparable to Monday-morning quarterbacking. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.
John Castelluccio (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Bonnie-Jean, no need to insult other readers here. A simple explanation that the SEIU doesn't represent postal workers would have sufficed.
bjean February 06, 2013 at 10:27 PM
@ John, where were you when I got called worse by that same poster??!! Your input is only seen for some people's defense, it appears.
bjean February 06, 2013 at 10:30 PM
And a simple explanation would not have sufficed when you are dealing with someone who can't grasp common sense.
Jennifer Flynn February 06, 2013 at 10:42 PM
No
Jay Valatka February 06, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Congress in 2006 legislated to put the USPS in the red. National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando: "The problem lies elsewhere: the 2006 congressional mandate that the USPS pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years, and do so within a decade, an obligation no other public agency or private firm faces. The roughly $5.5 billion annual payments since 2007 — $21 billion total — are the difference between a positive and negative ledger."
john February 06, 2013 at 11:10 PM
They promise no layoffs? This whole story is bull.
Michael February 06, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I would agree. Deliver mail 6 days a week but to each residence and place of business once every other day. Of course huge impact on current employees and that would have to be dealt with sensitively and fairly but would save lots of money. Most timely bills are electronic anyway. I would also suggest they double the cost of bulk mail....maybe we'll get less junk mail and credit card offers.
Sean Ward February 06, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I don't need mail on Saturdays.
Sean Ward February 07, 2013 at 12:30 AM
I would think that part of the problem is that you can retire in 20 years. So someone goes to work there at age 18, retires at 38 then they have to pay their retirement for for 50+ years. The rest of us shmucks have to work 45 - 50 years to put together a retirement.
Michelle Bailey February 07, 2013 at 02:51 AM
I would miss Saturday. But you could do away with Wed and Thurs...I don't really have time to read the mail midweek anyways.
Wellington West February 07, 2013 at 05:28 AM
The requirement of the USPS to fully fund its pension fund far into the future is a problem. I also have a family member who retired from the post office at 55 with a lifetime pension. Great for her, not so great for the post office though.
Lori February 07, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Will I miss Saturday delivery? No, once or twice a week is more than sufficient delivery for junk mail and bills!
Joe Smolski February 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM
There is already a problem with mail in swampscott most days I don't even get it!!!!!! If your paycheck was due in the mail Saturday would you agree with stopping it ? Think of the mail carriers taking a cut in pay!!!' Fire some cops that do nothing!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe small towns would benifit from that. Fund more cash for jobs that are needed!
Joe Smolski February 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM
My comment was deleted sorry
Joe Smolski February 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Yeah I'll miss it
Roy Winthrop February 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM
The real problem with the post office is the fact that they are required by our government to pay retirees medical costs 25 YEARS in advance. This would crush ANY business, and is especially bad for the mismanaged Postal Service. Its sad that a lot of good people will be affected, and one day this profession will be gone.
Sean Ward February 12, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I thought it was longer? Either way it makes sense. If you are a quasi-government agency and your compensation package includes taking care of your 38 year old retirees for life you should be required to escrow that potential 60 years worth of benefits during their employment not gamble that persons future on the volitility of the market and weather the business will even be around in 60 years. The real problem is that they offer this benefit at all.
Shan Lynn April 04, 2013 at 08:51 PM
My husband has been a rural letter carrier for 23 years. We agree..........CLOSE THE POST OFFICE ON SATURDAYS!!!!!!!!! Plain and simple the USPS is the most poorly run agency we've ever seen. They have supervisors that worry about coming in time but not about major issues that matter. They cheat during the mail counts. They harass the employees for no good reason (being 30 seconds late, calling in sick when they're sick, listening to radios when they case their mail, answering a phone call when their child is sick, etc.........the list goes on and on as you can imagine). They get paid hefty salaries to harass employees, not supervise. I've conducted my own survey for about a year now. On Saturdays (when I actually remember to check my mail) we get one, maybe two pieces of mail. It's always junk mail. They could save billions of dollars a year by closing the USPS. DO IT!!!!!!!!
Shan Lynn April 04, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Rural letter carriers can't retire after 20 years. I wish they could so my husband could get out of the USPS!!!!

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