USPS Cuts Back On Saturday Deliveries
by Joel Young, Meteorologist/Reporter
February 06, 2013 6:12 PM
For most people, it’s been a life-long habit to check the mail each day of the week except Sunday; but soon, you’ll begin to find that the mail won’t be running quite as often as you’re used to.
It's no secret that the U.S. Postal Service has fallen on hard time, as have many Americans.
For a while, they've been exploring a number of different ways to cut back on spending.
“We’ve talked about this now with congressmen and citizens about ways to save costs and the proposal we’re looking at will save us approximately two-billion dollars a year,” says Karen Frederickson of the U.S. Postal Service.
Finally, a decision has been made. Beginning the week of August 5th, there will be no more mail delivery on Saturdays. That's right, there will no longer be any mail delivered on weekends.
It's a move that officials say was absolutely necessary.
“Mail volume has gone down 25 percent over the past few years, so we had to develop ways to still be viable, but yet save some costs,” says Frederickson.
While many are not so happy about this cut back, others think it's a move that should have been made long ago.
“I think it was about time. I think the post office was losing too much money and they should make the adjustments they need to keep solving things,” says Andy Ziegler of Sioux Falls.
It’s a change that many of us will simply have to adjust to: waiting through the weekend to get our mail.
It’s important to note that your mailman will still deliver packages and prescription drugs six days a week. It’s just letters and magazines that won’t be delivered on Saturdays.
Also, post offices will remain open on Saturdays and mail will be delivered to post office boxes.