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Sound Off: Postal Service to End Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices in Old Town Manassas, on Sudley Road and on Old Centreville Road in Manassas Park will remain open for business Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Two U.S. representives don't agree with the postal service's decision to cease Saturday of first-class mail. Read what they had to say here.

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

DB17 February 07, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Don't care. Save the money, one less government bailout whose cost our children will bear.
Eileen P February 07, 2013 at 03:03 PM
I could not care less. It wouldn't effect me if they delivered only one day a week. I think it's about time they adjusted to changing times.
Steve February 07, 2013 at 03:42 PM
About time!
Steve February 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
For DB17 ... the USPS doesn't get any of our tax $$$$ but they are under the thumbs of congress and this change might be shot down by them!
Gail February 07, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Good move!
Jamie M. Rogers (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Wow! Thanks guys for your comments. It's so interesting how so many are unfazed by the change. I honestly thought this comment streams would be full of outrage and 3@$%. hahaha!
Rusty Tozar February 08, 2013 at 12:57 AM
It really doesn't bother me if the postal service, (letter carriers) want no more deliveries on Saturday. I personally can't get my mail but I seem to get every body elses. I guess all names and addresses look the same. Maybe the postal service is going to take Saturday's to send their employees to school, (learning to read and spell). To me this is a serious problem. This is one reason people don't use the postal service. Thaank goodness there are other more realible ways to get your mail. It used to be I always received my mail but lately with cutbacks its awful. So here's another problem you can work on.
Rusty Tozar February 08, 2013 at 01:01 AM
thanks Jamie for having a place for me to vent my frustrations
Debra Phelan February 08, 2013 at 04:03 AM
It's way past time for this to happen. More cuts need to be made. The Postal Service has been in trouble for decades. I don't know anyone who would disagree with this except for unions and Govt. officials who want to spend like money grows on trees. Seriously -- I have not spoken to one person who is fazed by this.

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