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Postal Service to cut Saturday mail

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Ron Lippard Ron Lippard
Etta Ward Etta Ward
WASHINGTON, DC -

No mail on Saturday. That's the latest from the United States Postal Service, which made the announcement Wednesday morning.

The US Postal Service is downsizing its delivery services. That includes no more Saturday delivery or collection of mail.

The USPS will still deliver packages six days a week, but starting in August, receiving letters in your mailbox on Saturdays will end.

The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points - package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010. The delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

Over the last several years, The Postal Service has made no secret about its struggle to generate cash, losing more than $15 million this fiscal year alone. In addition to hiking postage rates regularly, streamlining mail routes, consolidating mail processing facilities and cutting hours at post offices nationwide, the agency has also reduced its workforce by nearly 200,000 people, mainly through attrition.

"If it saves them money. Don't get much mail on Saturday anyway. Monday's the heavy day, so I have no problem with it," said Don Lippard, Indianapolis.

Another USPS customer saw the bright side.

"It doesn't affect us much. Bills won't come on Saturdays now!" said McKenzie Vickery, Indianapolis.

Etta Ward says it won't change much, but it may require better planning on her part.

"Makes me want to coordinate better to get my mail out ahead of time and plan ahead of time. Other than that I have no real thoughts about it," said Ward.

Slashing Saturday collection and delivery will save the USPS about $2 billion annually, but the head of the letter carriers union says it's a "disastrous idea."

Fredric Rolando says the move will hurt "millions of customers" -- particularly businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery. He also says it goes against the will of Congress as expressed over the past 30 years.

But the postmaster general, Patrick Donahoe, says research indicates that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs.

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