No Mail On Saturday...It Could Be A Good Thing

The U.S. Postmaster is warning Saturday mail service may have to come to an end.

The U.S. Postmaster is warning Saturday mail service may have to come to an end because of the recession.

Postmaster General John Potter says the post office could face a net loss of $6 billion this fiscal year.  That's why he says the post office may be forced to cut out one day of mail delivery, likely Saturday.

We were discussing this in the newsroom and it seems like there are many different viewpoints on whether it's a good thing or not.  On the one hand, you wouldn't have to worry about opening those bills on Saturday.  On the other hand, some people look forward to the mail and the surprises that may be in their mailbox...cards and letters from friends and family, magazines, things they've ordered, catalogs to order more stuff.

Whether you would or wouldn't like to see mail continue on Saturdays, or just don't care...the most unfortunate aspect of this whole thing would be if more people lose their jobs because of it.

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  • by Tiffany Location: Lansing on Mar 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    Well, it already appears that we aren't getting mail on Saturday. It's been three weeks now and no Saturday mail. I never see the carrier either and then on Monday we have a TON of mail...obviously two days worth. It seems to me they are already instigating the no Saturday thing without telling people.
  • by tnvolsgal Location: tn on Mar 14, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    cutting out saturday mail can hurt alot of people especially the unemployed that recieve there checks or the ones that have there child support or medicaid..Alot of the older people that dont have checking accounts or whatever there going to be hurt if they were expecting there checks and cause of no mail on saturday might delay them paying there electric bill or rent or buying food for themselves..I think they really need to reconsider before they cut out saturday mail..
  • by JOE Location: NY on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:18 AM
    Well honestly cut the snail mail in half. I agree every other day delivery. sorry for the job losses. but again its government over spending. employees are over paid. sorry just being honest. its just mail going to the same house every day.
  • by Jack Location: Roch. NY on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:00 AM
    The government cant run a mail service and they want to run health care??? Why is it ups and fed express can operate in the black. PEOPLE WAKE UP. This country is going to crash. the only fix is everyone must buy only american made products. Boycot all imported products. its the only way americans will get there jobs back and be able to afford to purchase products which will take care of the economy. as for the saturday "no delivery" wow how would we manage. Hello the future is here. EMAIL... FAX... INTERNET.. its obvious the usps is going to shrink just like the home phone (landline) is going aay. my opinion on usps split the demographic area in half deliver every other day to each half monday thru friday. Think of the savings just in fuel and wear and tear on mail trucks. Honestly most everything in my mail box goes straight to the recycle bin or its a bill. REMEMBER ITS YOUR MONEY THE USPS IS LOSING OVER AND OVER EVERY YEAR... ITS YOUR MONEY. BUY AMERIACN AND BOYCOTT IMPORTS PLEASE
  • by Ron Location: Wichita Ks on Aug 22, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Rita you just keep on believing in Obama's land of Hopiechangia. I used to here people that followed Rush Limbaugh called "mind-numbed robots". You people who put a man in office who had never accomplished a single thing are getting the chaos you deserve. George C. Scott played a character called "The Flim-Flam Man". A con-artist deluxe. Well he would pall in comparison to Obama the con-artist.Every thing he has proposed will need more tax payer monies to accomplish. Cash for clunkers, $8000 credit to first time home buyers single payer health care all are to be funded by tax dollars. If you believe that only people making more than 250K will be taxed well then I would like to have some swamp land to sell you for building your dream home. Obama can't even tell the same story twice without changing the ending. Oh and his "end of Life program" go to a VA and read the "Death" book. First introduced by Clinton, removed from VA's by Bush and reinstated by Obama. Rita come out of the trance.
  • by Ron Location: Wichita KS on Aug 22, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    Simple solution. Take 4 billion saved when HR 22 passes. Offer employees with 25 yrs of service and 50 yrs of age a 5 yr addition to their service time. No upfront cash paid out from the 4 billion. Older, more expensive, employees removed from the books and younger, less expensive and healthier carriers/clerks fill the positions vacated by going to 5 day delivery. In addition unproductive management postions must be eliminated. We have supervisors giving out as much discipline as they can to try to justify their jobs. Way too many bean counters that don't touch the mail. Also put NDCBU's on walking routes. This saves time and better protects the customers mail from theft. Deal with hardship cases as needed. This is a simple solution which means it will not be considered.
  • by Tom Location: Denver, CO on Jul 31, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    Does everyone realize that cutting one day of service means that more then 16,666 city carrier jobs will be lost in addition to the thousands of other jobs from the other postal crafts. This administration was supposed to save jobs not cut them. Automated devices are not cost effective even though many have been purchased. If the post office is going broke why do they have money to purchase and install GPS units in the trucks? They just need to stop making decsions that they really havn't thought all of the way through. Have they thought about maybe cutting some of the jobs that really shouldn't be there like a drivers trainer when they aren't hiring and training for the past two years?
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Feb 28, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    As a solution to the money order problem, maybe they could put in an automated device for that. That only handles money orders. It would free up the employees to help those of us who need to pick up or send out packages.
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Feb 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    I enjoy getting mail everyday. I never know what I am going to get. Some days it is just bills, but on other days I get letters. E-mail is nice and instant and almost free. But there is just something about getting a letter in your box, and knowing that someone cared enough to sit take the time out of their schedule to sit and write, buy a stamp, and walk or drive it to the mailbox. There is something special about that that e-mail will never replace. I agree with charge companies more to send junk mail. But I also think that carriers now are getting paid more to do less work. Used to be if you had a package the mail person would pull up in your yard and blow the horn, or even bring it to your door sometimes. Now they can't be bothered and leave one of those yellow cards in the box, so you have to go to the post office and stand in line behind all the people buying money orders. They get paid, but we do their job.
  • by snowbunny Location: snow hill on Feb 6, 2009 at 01:08 AM
    THEY need to put the mail in the right box even in this small town. everyone gets my mail i get everyone elses if they can't read how did they get there job someone read the questions to them or we need thiese people and just hire them PLEASE START IN SNOW HILL PUTTING MAIL IN RIGHT BOXES.
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