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Residents react to end of Saturday delivery

Published 8:15am Friday, February 8, 2013

BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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FRANKLIN—As Joyce Spivey slips letters into a slot at the Franklin post office, she thinks for a few moments about the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed end of Saturday delivery.

“I’ll miss my Saturday mail,” said the 77-year-old Hunterdale resident. “But I can live without it.”

The Postal Service come Aug. 5 plans to stop weekend delivery and pickup at homes and businesses to save $2 billion a year, according to a published report. There’s been a steady decline in first-class mail since 2008 because online methods are being preferred. Nearly $16 billion was loss last year.

Clarence Deloatch of Franklin said the change won’t affect him. Deloatch gets his mail from a post office box in Franklin. Post office box customers would still get mail on Saturdays.

“No, it wouldn’t affect me,” said Mary Barczak of Courtland, who checks her mailbox a couple of times a week. “Most everything is done online — banking and bills. Plus, most of what’s in the mailbox is junk.”

Research has shown that 70 percent of Americans would be OK with the new schedule, according to the published report. Any challenge to the plan will likely come from Congress, to which the Postal Service answers. Past efforts to ask for legislative help have reportedly failed.

  • curious

    I think my postman has been practicing for about 6 months now. I cannont remember the last time I received any mail on Saturday.

    Suggest Removal

  • chu224

    A shame. Saturday delivery stoppage is simply a band-aid fix and will not adequately address the fundamental changes needed to resolve the high labor and benefit cost of postal employees. This cost is approximately 80% of the postal cost structure. One previous Postmaster General, Marvin Runyon from 1992-1998, who came from the private sector, stopped the bleeding through cost cutting automation, reduced management,retirement,packages and other innovative approaches. The postal employee union unsuccessfully fought him tooth and nail. Within several years, Runyon stopped the bleeding and put the US postal service in the black. His successor(s) did not have the political courage to continue his reforms and the steady decline and high employee costs returned. Runyon proved the turnaround can be accomplished within such an inefficient, costly entity.

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  • FromHere

    Won’t bother me. One less day of junk mail and catalogs.

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