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Feb 7, 2013 12:58 PM by Maddie Garrett

USPS Cuts Saturday Mail, Public Supports Move

The U.S. Postal Service is drowning in red ink. To try and save $2 billion a year, they will end a 150 year old service: Saturday mail delivery.

The USPS has threatened the cut for a while, in an effort to offset those dwindling revenues. And while the cut sounds like a big deal, it may not be to much of the public.

"It's ok with me, won't create a problem," said Ward Piper as he walked into the post office.

Another customer, Thomas Dalsaso, agreed,"I think it's a good idea."

In fact, if you ask around at any post office, most people don't care that the mailman won't be making Saturday visits. That was the case at the 8th Street Post Office in Colorado Springs.

"Because most of the mail is junk mail, most people don't go to their office on the weekend to pick up mail," Dalsaso explained.

The change starts in August, and is expected to save the Postal Service about $2 billion a year.

"We're definitely in financial trouble and everything that we're doing to this very day is cost saving measures, it's reaction and we have to do it," said USPS Spokesperson Ron Perry.

But if your local post office is open for retail operations on Saturday, they'll remain open. You can still send mail, buy stamps and other services. Packages, medicine and P.O. Box deliveries will also stay intact on Saturdays.

But with such a cut in service, how is the USPS hiring 500 assistant carriers in colorado?

Simple, said Perry, these are temp jobs.

"With some increase in the packaging and other things with the service, we've hired these people to come on board, but at the same time they're not career employees," he explained.

Despite all of the Postal Service's efforts, the root problem remains, as put by Ward Piper: "I don't get that much mail anyway."

The USPS said it will take six months to implement the change. It doesn't expect any lay offs because of the cut to Saturday delivery. KOAA will follow up if that changes.

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