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Post Office to End Saturday Delivery Starting August 1
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 33825799:MV8yMTMwNDgyXzM1OTY2ODUwXzY3QTU5QkM2] I think it is a great idea to stop Saturday delivery. I know that when I sometimes go out of town on Saturday that I am a bit worried about my mail with all these thieving bass-turds on my rural road who like to go in other folks' mailboxes searching for God knows what. On weekdays as soon as it is delivered I am out there to bring it in to thwart them. Nothing more annoying than to go out in the morning to get my newspaper and see that my mailbox door is wide open (once when I went to town early I saw that every mailbox door on the entire road was open! How blatant or lazy can the thieves get?) I always make sure I shut it tight after getting my mail as we have some birds (and wasps) who like to try and build nests inside the box. Now I still have to worry about a parcel or package maybe going missing! Terrific! UGH! [/quote]
The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays beginning Aug. 1, although packages will continue to be delivered.
It will mark the an end of an era for the agency, which started Saturday delivery in 1863.
The Postal Service has been borrowing billions of dollars from taxpayers to make up for shortfalls caused by a 2006 congressional mandate, under which it has to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees. Technological advances have also led to a decline in first-class mail, which most consumers use to stay in touch and pay bills.
The situation turned particularly dire last year -- the agency twice defaulted on payments totaling $11 billion, and it exhausted a $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury.
link to money.cnn.com
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