First there was an increase in the price of stamps. Now, the Post Office is trying to ease it's financial woes by cutting Saturday mail.
Last year the Post Office suffered a nearly $16 billion dollar loss. Postmasters in Washington say they will save more than $2 billion annually by not delivering Saturday mail.
However, package delivery would continue six days a week, in fact as of 2010 package volume has increased by 14 percent.
"I think it's kind of useless. It's like saving two cents out of $10,000 dollars, it just doesn't make any sense. I mean, honestly, I guess I can just send thing on Fridays, but I really don't see it making a difference in the long run," say Brad Schroeder and Daniel Stiver of Rapid City.
The Post Office says since 2006, it has reduced the size of its career workforce by 193,000 and has consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations. The cut in Saturday mail wouldn't take effect until August.
Here are some Facebook responses we received to a question we posted:
Can you get along without mail delivery on Saturdays? Considering the Post office is still losing billions annually, can you live with that decision or do you have a better budget cutting idea?
Laura O. says, "Since all we get are ads on Saturday, yes we can do without Saturday delivery."
Kim G. says, "I rarely check my mailbox on Saturdays anyway. Doesn't matter to me."
Heike B. says, "In rural places like here we get mail only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - I am sure the town people can survive if there is no mail on Saturdays!"
Jenn R. says, "CUT IT! No Saturday deliver is exactly the kind of cuts our government needs to make. Cut the things that are the least necessary & do it fast. Who cares if it's not much in saving. The issue is to cut anywhere we can and NOW. You don't just keep spending wherever just because it's "'not saving a lot'"
Laurie B. says, "I don't understand how it will cut that much money if they are still sending them out to deliver packages. There are always going to be a few people on each route getting packages. They may be able to skip people and shave off a little time but seems hard to believe it would be that much. Every little bit adds up I guess."
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