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End of Post Office Door to Door Services Considered

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SEAFORD, Del. (AP/WBOC)- With the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, door-to-door mail delivery could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal in Congress.
    
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to move to cluster box and curbside delivery, which includes mailboxes at the end of driveways.
    
The proposal is part of broader legislation by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the oversight and government reform panel, designed to cut costs at the cash-strapped agency by up to $4.5 billion a year. The Postal Service had a $16 billion loss last year.
    
The bill was approved on a party-line vote, with 22 Republicans supporting it and 17 Democrats opposing it.
    
Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said the agency would evaluate Issa's bill based on whether it would enable the agency to make $20 billion in savings by 2017.

Many people across Delmarva said they would be disappointed by this policy.

"I would be very disappointed," said 88-year old Betty Young. "It would be a hardship for me. I cannot drive to the post office every day and I'd just be hard-put."

Young has been living in Seaford for her entire life, and she said that the mailman has always been a presence in her life.

"My neighbors would have to take care of me or my son would have to come every day," Young said. "And I don't want to be dependent on someone else. I want to walk across the street and get my mail."

Across the road, Travis Kouts said he feels the same way. He is a retired mailman who worked for 23 year years on the job.

"If they take the mailboxes away, that's just gonna be another part of history down the tube," he said. 

The legislation was proposed to address serious financial issues that were present at the Post Office. Last year the organization lost nearly $16 billion.

Beyond the financial issues, Jim Russ of Laurel said he supported this development because it would create a safer scenario for sending mail. He said the presence of locks on these new cluster mailboxes would create a more secure situation.

"I feel that it's more safe," he said. "If you get it delivered to the house it might be tampered with or stolen."

For now, many neighbors in Seaford and all over Delmarva are hoping that their mailboxes won't become just another outdated piece of history.

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