Will the Postal Service’s decision to stop Saturday mail delivery affect you significantly?

Fox Report with Shepard Smith 2013/02/06 16:36:39
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The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to end Saturday mail delivery, in one of the most significant steps taken to date to cut costs at the struggling agency.

Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, said at a press conference that the move is "absolutely necessary" as part of a broader effort to stabilize the service's troubled finances. "Making this change to our delivery schedule is a big-ticket item," he said. "It would be irresponsible for the Postal Service not to pursue this course."

Under the proposal, the Postal Service will continue to deliver packages six days a week. The plan, which is aimed at saving about $2 billion, would start to take effect in August.


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  • Masaca 2013/02/06 19:54:14 (edited)
    No, not really. Well, maybe in a positive way, if it means I wont get so much junk mail. Junk Mail

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  • MLor 2013/02/26 23:31:45
  • Marcus Clark 2013/02/14 07:30:49
    Marcus Clark
    Nothing about the USPS significantly affects me.
  • PatrioticSue 2013/02/12 06:38:16
    They had to cut back somewhere. They're billions in debt (government agency, should we be surprised?) UPS and Fed Ex don't deliver Saturdays unless you pay for premium service. I'd rather lose Saturday deliveries than have mail costs go up again. I sell on ebay and postage prices really effect my sales. I may have to switch to UPS because I think they are getting to be cheaper now.
  • clasact 2013/02/10 11:47:52
    No mail= no bills
    None of this would happen though if one they were managed better and two were not forced to pay in advance for some retirement plans
  • Thank you but no... 2013/02/09 19:07:28
    Thank you but no...
    Because I don't live in the US.
  • bettyboop 2013/02/08 23:44:27
    One less day getting bills or junk mail is not gonna hurt my feelings. I hope it does not cost people jobs though.
  • Wolf 2013/02/08 23:04:47
    They should cut much more --go to an alternate day 5 day delivery system allowing one carrier to handle two different routes---they are massively over staffed and compensated just like the entire Public Sector---
  • polock 2013/02/08 21:15:27
    let thwe bills arive on monday, I'll be a peace over the weekend,,,
  • Cleaver62 2013/02/08 20:29:05
    People are going to lose their jobs. People are going to make less money. The economy is going to suffer. And why? Because of the Republican plan to destroy the post office to privatize it to their friends. The 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act is bankrupting the post office by forcing it to prefund the pension plan of their employees 75 years in advance. It comes to a little more than 5 billion a year so of course the post office is going broke. There isn't another business on earth that has to do anything like that. They are paying for the pensions of people who are not even born yet. Another disgusting display of union destruction by Republicans.
  • mind-pilot 2013/02/08 20:26:24
    Apparently a republican decision to force the post office to prepay it's health benefits for retirees 75 years into the future is the biggest burden the post office carries, which brings this on. It's as if that "master plan" to destroy Americas infrastructure(NWO) is a part of this debacle.
    The PO is up against internet and all and the Saturday delivery of letters isn't as important as it once was. But it's still curious as to "why" any government body would force them to do what no serious business would ever be forced to do?
  • patriot mom 2013/02/08 19:09:31
    patriot mom
    Fine with me. Just one less day of bills and junk mail.
  • Liberty Blade 2013/02/08 18:59:38
    Liberty Blade
    Higher taxes, higher postal rates, lower service. Still think our economy is getting better?
  • Nat Turner 2013/02/08 15:53:46
    Nat Turner
    When they do this will they take that off our taxes?
  • Lord Savage Paulie 2013/02/08 14:51:51
    Lord Savage Paulie
    No , our mailman takes his sweet time delivering our mail ,and doesn't care ,when he is out sick or something his sub is always on time never have a problem with her, but the truth is he's a lazy ass, who might be getting booty call on his route
  • Sasssy 2013/02/08 14:35:54
    Now the mail carriers can have Saturday & Sunday off instead of split days off.
  • einlucid 2013/02/08 12:47:50
    They should be open only 3 days a week at least until they prove they're profitable.
  • Moodybloo70 2013/02/08 11:05:59
    No problem !!!
  • Michael S. 2013/02/08 08:20:17 (edited)
    Michael S.
    Uncle Vernon: Fine day Sunday. In my opinion, best day of the week. Why is that, Dudley?
    Harry: [when Dudley doesn't answer] Because there’s no post on Sundays?
    Uncle Vernon: Right you are, Harry! No post on Sundays. Hah!

    Now there are TWO Sundays! :D

    Seriously though, it'd be nice if private competition were legalized for first class mail. Lysander Spooner once embarrassed the heck out of the US Post Office with his American Letter Mail Company before it was shut down by force, and having another guy like him around would be quite healthy for us.
  • Buoyant Leadraft 2013/02/08 05:39:34
    Buoyant Leadraft
    I do a lot of e-bay, this is a disaster.
  • TheBorg 2013/02/08 05:03:41
  • hasher 2013/02/08 02:50:42
    i think its a good idea the only thing is we may not get any netflix movies on sat but oh well. i can live without that.
  • TheBorg hasher 2013/02/08 05:10:59
    Do you live in the past? Still have 8-track? You can watch movies online and don't need them mailed to your home. :P
    live 8-track watch movies online mailed home
  • Chitta Brick 2013/02/08 01:30:20
    Chitta Brick
    not at all, just need to make sure netflix gets here on Friday
  • Azrael-In GOD we trust 2013/02/08 01:04:56
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    Won't affect my karma one way or another.
  • **StarzAbove** 2013/02/08 00:42:45
  • JJSGirl 2013/02/08 00:14:49
    I live in a small town.We don't have mail delivery,only a post office that's only open 3 hours on Saturday anyway.
  • Magus BN-0 JJSGirl 2013/02/08 04:45:42
    Magus BN-0
    Bull. There's mail delivery in every town.
  • JJSGirl Magus BN-0 2013/02/11 23:53:06
    Yes,a mail truck delivers to the post office,but we have no home delivery(no mail boxes). http://mortonsgap.ky.gov/
  • silentart 2013/02/08 00:07:29
    I still like "snail" mails because it give U S citizens jobs... Even to stamps collectioners... postal workers are our street protector... I will accept 5 days mail service because we once had that service before in 1940's and past...
  • Osama McDonalds 2013/02/07 23:40:57 (edited)
    Osama McDonalds
    I think the Post Office should have cut out Saturday's a long time ago...but they should still offer Saturday delivery for premium price.
  • whipnet 2013/02/07 23:40:47
    I am an ebay powerseller.
  • Magus BN-0 2013/02/07 22:47:36
    Magus BN-0
    We need to repeal that idiotic law requiring the USPS to have pension funds available 75 years in advance, meaning for employees who haven't even been born yet. It was implemented for the sole purpose of sabotaging the Post Office in pursuit of Republicans' unconstitutional privatization goal.
  • littleb... Magus BN-0 2013/02/08 04:36:29
    Lol...what's "Unconstitutional" about privatizing something and they comply and meet their contracted obligation to the government? Lol...Lame! The Post Office was bleeding in red long before that law was in effect. Very simply UPS and FedEx have better business models and it shows!
  • Magus BN-0 littleb... 2013/02/08 04:43:46
    Magus BN-0
    The Constitution mandates that postal service be provided by the government. And no, it wasn't in the red before that law was in effect. Without that idiotic law, USPS would be running a multi-billion dollar surplus.
  • littleb... Magus BN-0 2013/02/08 04:56:36
    If the contractor fulfills it's obligation the government than in fact the service was provided.

    There are actual longtime postal workers in here who say you are wrong!
  • Michael S. Magus BN-0 2013/02/08 08:11:26 (edited)
    Michael S.
    Actually, the Constitution does not mandate this. Article I, Section 8 gives the Congress the *power* to establish post offices. That does not mean they must, nor does it mean competition must be prohibited.

    That said, I don't actually agree with privatizing the post office though: Just allow competition and let the chips fall where they may.

    Although I disagree with you about the supposed Republican conspiracy to bankrupt the post office, I DO agree that the law about pensions is ridiculous. Really, pensions are terrible retirement plans and always have been. Putting employers on the hook for payments years down the road makes it extremely difficult for employers to plan ahead, and it also makes employees eternally dependent on their employer for their retirement. They should seriously just be done away with in favor of higher salaries up front...but the problem with these kind of programs is that once they start, it becomes doubly expensive to phase them out.
  • Magus BN-0 Michael S. 2013/02/09 01:48:05
    Magus BN-0
    I'm not seeing what other motivation there could've been for that pension law than to bankrupt the Post Office. No other company has to fund their pensions 75 years in advance.
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2013/02/07 22:30:10
  • foy49 2013/02/07 22:24:39 (edited)
    Wall Street wants to privatize our USPS.

  • Magus BN-0 foy49 2013/02/07 22:46:16
    Magus BN-0
    And they don't care that privatizing the USPS is unconstitutional.
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