LEWES, Del.- The U.S. Postal Service, in an effort to cut costs, announced Wednesday that starting Aug. 1, there will no longer be Saturday delivery of first-class mail. The move is designed to save the postal service $2 billion a year.
There are some opposed to the decision like Susan Curtis of Lewes.
"Personally, it is going to bum me out. I love getting letters, I love mailing letters, I love writing letters," said Curtis.
Not all deliveries on Saturday are being cut. First-class mail does not apply to packages, mail-order medications and priority and express mail. Those services will still be delivered six days a week. Package delivery is actually doing well for the postal service, increasing 14 percent since 2010, but the use of email and online services have reduced the use of traditional mail.
The Postal Service has lost about $41 billion over the past six years, $16 billion during the last fiscal year alone. The cost-saving measure was announced about six months ahead of the switch to give people and businesses plenty of time to adjust to the change. While some hate to see the Saturday service go, other like Joe Crispin of Lewes have no problem with the cut back.
"As long as we get our mail five days a week, I don't see any reason. And the current employees don't lose any hours. As long as they can keep their benefits and it doesn't hurt them, sure I think it's fine," said Crispin.
The move will have no impact on mail delivered to postal office boxes. P.O. boxes will continue to receive mail six days a week.
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