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USPS: no more Saturday mail delivery, mixed reaction in Abilene

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 06 2013 08:14:44 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 09:18:51 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

No more mail delivery on Saturdays?

That's what the United States Postal Service is doing to cut costs, $2 billion worth of costs.

USPS began mail delivery on Saturdays in 1863. Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe said it's an important change.

"The new delivery schedule will result in about a $2 billion dollar annual cost reduction and it's an important part of our return to profitability and financial stability," Donahoe said.

People in Abilene had mixed reactions. It could be a sign times are changing. People are trading in envelopes and stamps for the convenience of the internet.

"I think it would be a good thing," USPS customer Sue Bucher said. "We pay our bills online even senior citizens do that. We do that."

"No, I believe there's other alternatives then to cut off the Saturday mail," another customer Jennifer Morgan said.

No changes will be made to post offices that are currently open on Saturday and mail will continue to be delivered to P.O. Boxes.

Donahoe said it could impact 22,500 jobs. He said he doesn't want to layoff employees.

Options would include: eliminating overtime, offer buy outs and rely more on the part time work force.
    
Saturday delivery mail service will end Aug. 5th.