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Should Mail Service be Reduced to Five Days a Week?

We ask these Average Joes and Janes if they can live with a reduction in postal delivery days if it meant saving tax money.

Businesses are supposed to make money, not lose it.

That's UPS and FedEx do, making a profit for its shareholders, but the U.S. Postal Service projects it will lose more than $238 billion over the next decade. NPR reported the post office plans to shutter or consolidate as many as 2,000 branches to help close the gap.

Another solution being offered is to reduce the number of days of service from six to five, eliminating Saturday delivery. The suggestion was made last year, but Ruth Goldway, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, and Congress has yet to take action.

Rose Parks, of Plainfield, doesn’t like the idea of less mail days, but believes it will happen.

“When it comes to reducing anything, you don’t like it,” Parks said. “If they can justify though, they’ll to do it; whether we like it or not.”

Wanting to know what people thought of the idea, we visited the Plainfield Public Library to ask people their opinions on the proposed change.

Click on each photo to read what people in town think.

Jeff Schmitt March 03, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Sadly nobody here is probably a business owner. The average person it will not have much effect on. Someone who owns a business and receives payments in the mail for goods and services this will have a much larger effect on. For example my average Saturday mail includes about $10,000 to $15,000 in payments. Now I understand that I would instead receive this on Monday but my payroll is due Monday morning. So it requires the business owner to extend out those dollars for a few days more. This stress for some business owners will cost people jobs.
Ben Gross March 03, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Kirby, Thank you for your comment. I looked into your comment, as I want to make sure we are providing Plainfield with the most accurate news. I looked into the discussion from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on April 15, 2010; this is when the $238 billion figure was discussed. It seems the committee questioned the number, as the projected loss assumes that no action will be taken. (http://www.nalc.org/postal/reform/ogr_04-15-2010.html) While the projection could be inaccurate the post office is showing that it's running at a loss (http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/ar09html/ar_2_069.htm) The Associated Press is also reporting that the post office will be out of cash by October this year if nothing is done (http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9LNB3E80.htm) While the exact number may be off, it seems post office is in trouble financially. Thank you again for your reading and for your comment! I hope you have a wonderful day. ~Ben
Charlie Guggino March 03, 2011 at 10:09 PM
They should have gone to 5 day delivery years ago. It will save on manpower ( no need for an additional carrier for every 5 carriers to cover they days off), fuel, less exposure to vehicle accidents happy carriers who have weekends off instead of split days off.
tom m March 04, 2011 at 12:44 AM
hey jeff if you need your mail on saturday , then get a post office box you moron. why do you feel so entitled? the post office is a business that must try to break even or possibly make a profit, unless you want the gov't to get the p.o. a BAILOUT. I DIDN'T THINK SO.
Bill March 05, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Wow. As an employee this will directly affect me. It's my second job and I need it to pay bills and mortgage. I'm a rural sub on Saturdays and cover the regular's vacation. I've had this job for five months and would have to move out of my home without this job. The rural people count on this mail. The 320 households I deliver to already get their newspapers a day late and count on me delivering their parcels in the country. There are plenty of ways they could cut, for instance I just got a raise, everyone did. Why? I would love to get paid less instead of just having them cut my job.

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