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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery 582

Hugh Pickens writes "The Postal Service has been losing billions of dollars each year as Americans increasingly rely on online communications that drive down mail volumes. Now, Reuters reports that the Postal Service plans to drop Saturday delivery of first-class mail by August, saving $2 billion per year. 'The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America's changing mailing habits,' says Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. But the Postal Service is already facing some pushback for moving forward with delivery schedule changes. 'Today's announcement by Postmaster General Donahoe to eliminate six-day delivery is yet another death knell for the quality service provided by the U.S. Postal Service,' says Jeanette Dwyer, president of the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association. 'To erode this service will undermine the Postal Service's core mission and is completely unacceptable.' Package deliveries will continue under the new plan and were a bright spot in a bleak 2012 fiscal year, with package revenue rising 8.7 percent during the year. Donahoe says the changes would allow the Postal Service to continue benefiting from rising package deliveries as Americans order more products from sites such as eBay Inc and Amazon.com Inc."
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

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  • by maird ( 699535 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @02:27PM (#42811105) Homepage
    If they only made those catalogs soft, absorbent and with dye that doesn't run then at least it would be possible to save money on toilet paper.
  • by Tony Isaac ( 1301187 ) on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @02:39PM (#42811305) Homepage

    My father remembers that in the outhouse back on the farm, the black-and-white pages in the Sears Roebuck catalog always went first!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @02:57PM (#42811581)
    Well where the hell did they lose it? Did they check the mail?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 06, 2013 @03:17PM (#42811907)

    Bull crap. In case you were ignorant (and it sadly appears you absolutely are) the post office is a GOVERNMENT institution. You may say "so what" but to those of us with brains, this means two things. First, it is unacceptably inefficient. The post office costs too much money and wastes it on too much inefficient crap. Second, why should taxpayers have to subsidize yet another useless government agency when we ALREADY have UPS and Fedex and hundreds of other delivery services all providing better service at a lower cost thanks to, you know, a little thing called the "free market"? The existince of the US postal service is just another useless old tradition that sucks dollars from taxpayer pockets to give it to the poor, stupid and lazy. If the USPS disappeared tomorrow we'd all be better off, but the statists, liberals and leftists are too stupid to understand basic economics to let that happen.

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