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Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Feb 06 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 10:45:14 PM CST

The U.S. Postal Service wants to deliver two billion dollars in savings by cutting Saturday mail service.

The U.S. Postal Service wants to deliver two billion dollars in savings by cutting Saturday mail service.

The sight of mail carriers going house to house delivering the mail will end on Saturdays starting in August. And some at the Wyomissing Post Office said they don't like the idea.

"I know a lot of people get paid on Fridays and they depend on sending their mail out Saturdays during the day when they're home," said Tanya Yoder of Exeter Township.

But others said no big deal.

"My business isn't open on Saturdays," siad Craig McClellan of Oley Township, "My personal mail it's mostly bills and junk mail anyway so I can wait till Monday for that."

But there was one exception for his small business in West Reading.

"The only time it would affect me directly if I was trying to get something to some customer and I wanted a Saturday delivery then I would have to go to a higher priced Fed Ex or something like that," said McClellan.

The Postal Service's announcement caused lots of confusion. The Postmaster General said starting this summer on Saturdays you won't be getting catalogs and letters, but you still can get packages.

"Beginning the week of August 5th of this year the Postal Service delivery will consist of six days of package delivery and five days of mail delivery," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

"It's something we've always come to expect from the post office, but I understand they got to make a buck too," said McClellan.

Finances were the driving force.

"You pay more for stamps you would think every time they're raising the stamp rate you would think it would help," said Yoder.

But more people pay bills online.

"And when they're starting to do that that leads to problems and cuts into their money and cuts into jobs and that's not a good thing for our people too," said Mike Calcagno of Sinking Spring.

The Postmaster General said 22 ,500 hundred jobs would be impacted by the move.