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US Postal Service Dumps Saturday Delivery

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The Postal Service announces it's cutting Saturday delivery. For many years the US Postal Service has been dealing with a budget crisis. Spokesman Pete Nowacki says as they sell less postage because of less mail they had find ways to save money. 

For some residents the news didn't come as a shock.

Jeff Eaton says, " They're losing money year after year and they have to make cuts. It seems obvious they would take away a Saturday. How many people get mail on a Saturday anyway?"

Ken Lang says, "I think the Postal Service should go to 5 days delivery services. I just don't see how they have the capabilities anymore of having a 6 day week."

This cut would save them about $2 Billion a year. Letter carriers will no longer deliver first class mail on Saturdays beginning in August. However, it doesn't mean that all Saturday services are ending.

Packages, priority and express mail would still go to homes and business and Mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open.

Pete Nowacki says, "There will be positions cut as a result of this but we don't anticipate anybody losing their job. It has been a long time since we have hired a lot of carriers so we're looking at we'll still have plenty of work for the folks who are here."

Letter carries weren't authorized to talk to the media but the residents I talked to were split down the middle for supporting the change.

Vicki Saucier says, "You make do, we're blessed to have the service at all."

Andrea Grow says, "Not having the Saturday delivery would be a little inconvenient because today I just mailed something hoping it would get there by Saturday."

The Postal Service has been advocating a shift to five-day delivery for several years, but Congress hasn't approved it. However, because the federal government is now operating under a temporary spending measure, rather than an appropriations bill, the agency believes it can make the change itself.