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Saturday Mail Gets Stamp of Approval, Continues

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SALISBURY, Md.- Imagine running a business that is losing money year after year, at an alarming pace. 

What do you do? You go to the chopping block, and cut away any unnecessary expenses.

That's what the U.S. Postal Service tried to do, but wasn't given a congressional stamp of approval.

After the agency threatened to stop the weekend circulation, back in February, Saturday deliveries are sticking around. But Salisbury resident Walter Rozaieski doesn't see why. 

"It's a cost saving measure," said Rozaieski. "I think everybody agrees the post office has lost and is losing a lot of money."

The Postal Service says it's losing about 25 million dollars every day.

But without a congressional stamp of approval, cutting Saturday mail is off the table.

"You got five other days to get it done," said Paul Butler.

Not according to congress, which says five-day-a-week deliveries are illegal.

"It's no big deal. If it saves them money, great," said Rozaieski.

Rozaieski delivers mail.

"They put just a little bit in the box, on the weekends, on Saturday."

And on Saturdays he's not that busy.

"And Monday that's when it's loaded"

His boxes are loaded with mail for some people who rely on it.

"We need it," said Brian Dunn, of Salisbury. "The older people need it. They can't get out as much, as us younger folks."

But the question remains: who will pay for it?

The U.S. Postal Service does not receive tax dollars for its day-to-day services. In fact, it's looking for ways to reduce its cost and find new ways to make revenue.

Which means cutting employee costs and raising postage rates.

For now, Saturday mail isn't going anywhere.

"I think it's fantastic that they are keeping the Saturday mail moving," said Dunn.

Well, until Congress says so.

The U.S. Postal Service says it will work on reducing spending without changing the delivery schedule.

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