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TELL US: Should the U.S. Postal Service Cut Saturday Delivery?

The post offices —including East Haven's — will stay open on Saturdays, but there will be no more home delivery on the weekend. What do you think?

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

Post offices that are normally open will remain open Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The plan to shrink delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail, while packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still get delivered on Saturdays.

The reasons for the change are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers, according to the USPS website. 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.”

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.

Do you use the post office in East Haven in the Trolley Square Plaza?

Tell Us: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

melinda tillie February 06, 2013 at 11:32 PM
What happens when you have Monday Holidays? they are all Federal so we would be down to a four day work week. This is all happening because of House Republicans and Darrell Issa R= Cal.who decided that the Post Office had to pre pay all pensions. Totally ubsurd.
thomas February 07, 2013 at 12:50 AM
bout time
Lance Coughlin February 10, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Pre paying pensions is smart. People live to 95 and 100 these days, all govt pensions are rapidly heading to insolvency.

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