Looks Like Saturday Mail Will Continue
First the U.S. Postal Service said Saturday mail delivery will be cut beginning in August as a way to save money. Now the Government Accountability Office says the Post Office doesn’t have the authority to make that decision.
The Postal Service has been losing billions of dollars a year. That’s billions with a “B”. Last year they lost nearly $16 billion and by cutting delivery of mail one day a week they say they can save $2 billion a year.
Packages would continue to be delivered. Many post offices would provide Saturday hours, but delivery of mail would end under the Postal Service plan. The GAO disagrees and says only Congress can make that decision.
I disagree with GAO. What difference does it make if you have to wait two extra days to get your junk mail? Really, how often do you get mail that really matters to you? When’s the last time you actually got a letter? Something somebody sat down and wrote, put in an envelope and put a stamp on it.
Most of the stuff I get is solicitations for dozens of charities that want a donation, bills and flat out junk. Some of the stuff I get doesn’t even make it into the house. It gets deposited into the garbage. But I continue to make the daily trip out to the mail box just for the occasional reward of getting a nice card or note.
I know the union representing postal workers won’t be happy with me, but as far as I’m concerned – you could cut mail delivery to four days a week and save even more money.