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February 7, 2013

Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery

GOSHEN — Jason Bryant of Goshen struggled to keep a flat package on top of a tall box as he walked into the Goshen post office Wednesday afternoon.

He was aware of the announcement made earlier in the day by the U.S. Postal Service it would stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning in August.

“It’s about time they save some money instead of wasting it,” Bryant said. “They need to be more efficient. They have a bloated system. FedEx has got it right and they (Postal Service) need to get it right.”

Bryant waited a short time in line to mail five or six packages he had placed inside the large box to carry inside the post office. Those packages and millions of others from postal customers across the nation mailed during the past few years are helping to drive the changes at the Postal Service.

Package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010 while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined since 2006, said Mary Dando, spokesperson for Postal Service in the Greater Indiana District.

“There was a huge decline. Our bread and butter was the first class mail. You sent letters to family, paid bills and now that’s been diverted,” Dando said. “We are diversifying. Our growth is packages and that’s what we will be delivering on Saturdays.”

Standing outside the post office on Pike Street, Sharon Eger of Goshen said she wasn’t surprised at the announcement.

“I appreciate getting mail on Saturday but it’s out of my hands. It would be nice if they continue,” Eger said. “So many things are different and I’m getting older. Changes are so frustrating.”

Under the new plan, postal workers would deliver mail to homes and businesses five days a week, and only deliver mail to post office boxes on Saturdays as well as packages. Post offices that are now open on Saturday would remain open on Saturdays, Dando added.

Customer Becky Arnold was “a little surprised” at the news and then considered what it meant to the postal workers.

“My thought was the postman won’t have to work on Saturday and that’s good for them,” Arnold said.

The Goshen resident also praised the local post office.

“We have a good postal system here,” Arnold said.

With the Saturday mail cutback, the Postal Service expects to save about $2 billion annually, Dando said.

“It’s part of the overall plan of the Postal Service to get back to financial stability. It’s a start on the road to financial stability,” Dando said. “We are giving six months notice to businesses who deliver mail and will have the opportunity to reschedule their deliveries. People get used to change.”

Mary Noltz of Goshen won’t have to get used to the change because she has a postal box.

“It’s good and if people have a postal box and they work during the week, they can come on Saturday,” Noltz said. “It’ll be good for the post office to not be open on Saturday. It will lower costs and it’d be nice to not have rates go up.”

 

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