Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs, starting in August

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  • Dont Tread Iron County, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    I had to cancel two checks this month because USPS lost them in the mail. In other news, UPS got all my College Text Books to me within a week of ordering them. I can now say Big Government works without a hint of sarcasm.

  • Utah Soldier Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    For six years I lived in Germany on US Military Bases. Mail was not delivered on Saturdays or Sundays (only Mondays through Fridays). When I returned, I had forgotten about Saturday delivery.

    I think this is a good cost cutting measure.

  • DaveWY Afton, WY
    Feb. 6, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    I would much rather have mail delivery 4 or 5 days a week than have to pay much higher postage. With email and the internet, I seldom need postal delivery every day.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 6, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    We give to other countries, but can't take care of our postal workers?

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    NO deliveries on holidays, no deliveries on Sundays, no deliveries on Saturdays.

    Why bother?

    Get the feds out of the delivery business. Privatize the service. Save us all money and get better service.

    Hey, Orrin. After getting $300 million for that group in CA (pork via the Sandy Hurricane bill), how about getting the "US" government out of the postal service?

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    Glad to see this step in the right direction. There is nothing so important that I need it delivered on Saturday. This has been a waste of money for a long time. Having known a couple of letter carriers, I appreciate their hard work. They get a bad rap, but they work hard and lately conditions have been worse. Carriers are working harder with controversey about their employer ever abundant. Think about your work environment if it was constantly maligned. On pricing vs UPS; Congress made it a law that they can't charge what the true cost is. Anyone who thinks it only cost .47 cents to send a letter across the U.S. is crazy. More changes need to be made like closing Post Offices, but Congress will continue to use the USPS as a political football.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 6, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    @ Utah Blue Devil

    Who said there pay would be cut? Simply revise the routes and number of carriers so each day equals 8 hours. Better yet, cut delivery to 4 days per week. revise the routes to 10 hours/day. Reduce the staff through attrition. With so many Federal Workers retiring, now is the perfect opportunity. It's a simple concept, yet difficult for the Gov to understand. I agree with you, no one cares about Saturday delivery. Like I said, they could do away with Friday too.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    our postal service is still the best in the world. who else will get you a letter in alaska in the great white north? congress excepts them to run off the money they make but any change they make has to be approverd by congress, which is a silly mess and has been foe 20 years. they spend more time tieing the hands of the federal agencies then they do makeing law. the atm cant even keep track of weapons because of a law made by congress. they cant keep a data base on fire arms sold. so the crimianls can get weapons they want anytime. this was writtrn by the nra, and congress does what they say for all money they give their campains. coruption is at an all time high with supper pacs.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Cutting Saturday delivery won't affect most of us in any appreciable way.

    This is probably a good move.

    It's also good to see that DN has removed the hateful post that was here earlier. It should never have been allowed in the first place.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    how about gettng rid of those garbage mails too (no, not those payment bills). If they do get rid of those, then those retailers will add more things online in term of coupons and big sales informations. Yes not everyone have internet but will encouage them have one in their home.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 6, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    @Third try screen name

    The fact that a padded envelope costs 3x as much to send via UPS is exactly why UPS is staying in business and the post office isn't. UPS is honest about how much it costs to run their business...the post office isn't and now they're paying the price for it.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    I have mixed feelings about the postal service. It is a cheap way to send small parts around the country. For $4 I can send a 10 oz padded envelope anywhere. UPS costs three times that.
    But the delivery is unreliable and the tracking is an embarrassment.
    At home I worry about sensitive material sitting in my mailbox all day. Security is so bad that my bank statement doesn't even show my account number.
    All my bills are now electronic.
    About all I use the postal service for is birthday cards these days.
    Customer service leaves a lot to be desired.
    Their legacy costs for pensions and insurance are on par with auto makers. I believe the younger employees don't have as sweet a deal, but the damage has been done.
    It wouldn't break my heart to see the junk mail disappear.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    Definitely a step in the right direction. Now if we could get the federal government to shut down one day each week think of the money we could save, the increased debt we could avoid, the intrusions we could limit, the problems we could avoid and the personal freedoms we could preserve. One thing I have learned, when congress is in session and this President is in his office, your wealth and your freedoms are at risk!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    Postal Union or not, I have no doubt many would be unhappy that their work weeks = take home pay is being cut. Why is that so out of the world to understand or think Union workers are the only ones who wouldn't want that to happen to them.

    On the flip side, I think this has been a long time coming. I don't need mail service on Saturdays. It would be nice to have the branches open saturday mornings so that those who need to post something over the weekend because they can't get away during the work week can use the services.... but no... I don't need more bills nor junk mail delivery on saturday.

  • JWF Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    Let me guess...postal workers are part of a union?

  • SME Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 6:48 a.m.

    It is about time, hopefully congress will support this or at least get out of the way.

    On the other subject - "No other government agency is required to make such a payment for future medical benefits." The solution is not to drop this requirement for the post office, but to make it a requirement for ALL government entities. If there is any hope of the medical costs and pensions actually being paid, efforts need to start now to have the money on hand.