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How Do You Feel About No More Saturday Mail Service?

How Do You Feel About No More Saturday Mail Service?

 

On Wednesday, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that, come August, Saturday first class mail service will be no more. Though packages will still be delivered and branches will still be open, many Americans are frustrated and disappointed that they will no longer get regular mail on Saturdays — though plenty of others don’t really care much at all.

Is it a generational thing? It seems to be. Many younger Americans pay their bills, read magazines, receive event invitations and birthday cards, and browse catalogs completely online. Many older Americans, however, rely on regular ‘ol snail mail for many of their financial obligations, among others.

A friend of mine, who is in her mid-twenties, told me that the only important pieces of mail she’d received in the past year were a jury duty summons and her W-2 tax form. I, for one, have a great system worked out: I pay all of my bills online, and subscribe to plenty of (print) magazines, so my trips to the mailbox are usually full of anticipation and excitement.

Where do you fit in — are you disappointed or indifferent to the changes? Will losing a day of mail service affect your life? How much do you even use the mail? Let us know in the comments section!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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10:57AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

I actually prefer to get my bills in paper! When I'm done, I drop the envelopes in a brown paper bag for deposition in a Single Stream Recycle Bin.

10:20AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Marilyn J L - I totally agree with you.
I have no problem with stopping Saturday mail delivery for MYSELF but the problem is what happens to all the postal workers who lose hours! It's a terrible thing Congress has done to the USPS.
First it's stopping Saturday delivery, then it's privatization! The Post Office to me is as sacred as Mom, Apple Pie and the Flag! Or... these things used to be sacred!
I have signed every petition I could find on this subject of saving our Post Office!

9:10AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

!. I don't have a problem with no Saturday delivery.
2. Congress demands that the USPS be self-supporting then handicaps its efforts by (at a minimum) legislating the work hours, postal rates, and pay-forward on its retirement funds. What other business could be a success under these circumstances?

7:20AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

No Saturday delivery doesn't bother me in the least. I do most of my correspondence, including bills, electronically anyway. Most of my mail seems to be junk mail.

8:12PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

I have no problem with no Saturday delivery. To those who keep Sabbath on Saturday it is a good thing. Since the mandatory Saturday work often caused Sabbatarians major hardships. Also the whole Republican conspiracy idea. Reminds me of the Republican Obama conspiracy ideas.

7:03AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Here are 3 petitions posted earlier in this long thread by Jim P. Be sure to sign them if you care about the future of the post office.

Save the Post Office

PETITIONS:

http://www.savethepostoffice.com/stop-closings-sign-petition

http://forcechange.com/4262/save-the-u-s-postal-service/

http://signon.org/sign/save-our-post-office?source=s.icn.em.mt&r_by=1475825

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/no-more-saturday-mail.html#ixzz2MCqe2y9A

6:29AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Here's more background on the postal workers' union(s) and what's at stake with the further privatization and downsizing of the U.S. Mail:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/3190:postal-workers-the-last-union

Also, see the Wikipedia article "American Postal Workers' Union" which has links to articles on the two other American postal unions.

Correction of my previous comments: Nixon didn't break the mail strike of 1970, and in fact the postal workers gained collective bargaining rights, but not the right to strike. The U.S. Post Office was, however, corporatized, a foreshadowing of today's privatization crisis.

4:59AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Eliminating Saturday mail delivery is only the tip of the iceberg. In Canada or Australia it may not have been a big deal, but in the U.S. it's part of the Republican plan to completely privatize what was founded as a government agency by Benjamin Franklin in 1775, but which has operated as a public/private entity since Nixon broke the postal worker's strike in 1970. In 2006 the Republican Congress passed a law that the the post office had to fund pensions 75 years into the future, which no other government agency or private company is required to do. The purpose of this law was to bankrupt the post office for the benefit of UPS and Fedex, both completely private companies. The selling off at discount rates of America's historic publicly owned and frequently beautiful post offices, some of them containing important murals and other works of art, is now underway, and the mainstream media is ignoring this crucial issue. Selling these public buildings is equivalent to selling off our national parks. Please see:

http://blog.ourfuture.org/20130210/you-should-be-outraged-by-what-is-being-done-to-our-post-office

A Bronx Cheer for the Postal Service: The Fire Sale of Historic Post Offices Continues
www.savethepostoffice.com/post-topics/historic-post-offices

After you read these, please comment on whether or not you agree with the Republican plan to destroy the United States Postal Service (name changed from the United States Post Office when Nixon partially privatized it).

7:43AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

before you know it we will be having to use a post office box and picking our mail at a central location. they should find a way of a remedy of this.

12:49AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

I agree with Mari G. Do we really need to stop mail on Saturdays because I am one of the young ones affected... :(

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