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Most Hoosiers indifferent to Postal Service Saturday delivery cutback

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Alexandria Lauer Alexandria Lauer
Rochelle Fox Rochelle Fox
INDIANAPOLIS -

The US Postal Service is downsizing its delivery schedule to save billions of dollars. Starting in August, it will no longer deliver letters on Saturday, although it will still deliver packages on Saturday. It will also deliver to post office boxes, and post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open.

The post office says while mail delivery is down due to email and internet use, package delivery business has increase by 14 percent since 2010.

"You know what our letter carriers tell me? Mr. Donahoe, get to five-day. Preserve package delivery on Saturday. Customers want that. We don't have enough mail to sustain here. They know that, our employees know that," Pat Donahoe, U.S. Postmaster General.

The move will save about $2 billion a year, and the postmaster general says he is confident he can make the move without congressional approval.

Cutting mail delivery down from six days to five may seem like a big deal, but it all depends on who you talk to.

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

Word spread fast at the downtown post office of the decision to cut Saturday mail delivery. But the general response here was indifference.

"It just makes me want to coordinate better and plan to get my mail out ahead of time," said Etta Ward, postal customer.

Over at IUPUI, the reaction among students was blunt.

"With email, texting and phone calls, cell phones and whatnot, I don't really have much of a use for standard mail anymore," said Christian Summitt, IUPUI Student.

"I think it's lame," said Alexandria Alney, IUPUI Student

Alexandria Lauer started out strongly opposed to the change until she thought about it.

"Tax money! You always want tax money earlier," she said.

We pointed out that many people get their refunds direct deposited.

"I guess I do, too. Maybe it won't affect me that bad," said Alexandria.

It's clear the U.S. mail means very little to the younger generation who conduct most of their business at their fingertips. We headed over to Barton Towers, which caters to an older population that's less plugged in to see what they thought.

"I think it's kind of sad. With people being more dependent on the internet, you have a greater risk going on than you do with the postal mail. Most people don't attack the mail person, but they love to go online and see what kind of personal information they can get," said Rochelle Fox, mail customer.

We talked with several older people who have a mistrust of the internet and prefer standard mail.

Duncan Alney, an internet and social media expert with Firebelly Marketing, says those types of people are becoming few and far between, saying the majority of people from children to age 70 and up ARE connected.

Read the Postal Service's announcement.

What do you think? Will you miss Saturday delivery?

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