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Postmaster: Please let us stop Saturday mail

By Pauline Jelinek

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:41 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2013

WASHINGTON » The head of the U.S. Postal Services is pleading with Congress not to thwart his plan to cut Saturday mail as a way to save money.

But postal workers unions are criticizing the plan as illegal and financially questionable.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the plan announced last week is needed because the agency's budget is dire and getting worse.

In a hearing before a Senate committee today, lawmakers questioned the legality of the move and asked Donahoe for the legal opinion he based the announcement on.

Lawmakers also want a report from the comptroller general on how much money will be saved against how much will be lost from decreased Saturday business.

Under the plan, scheduled to begin in August, package deliveries would continue six days a week.

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Slow wrote:
My brief survey confirms that few care about Saturday mail delivery. We cannot afford subsidized government operations any longer.
on February 13,2013 | 10:23AM
grantos wrote:
Great, can you share the metrics of your survey?
on February 13,2013 | 11:19AM
MKN wrote:
@Slow: What are you talking about? The Postal Service receives zero subsidies from the Federal Government. Please do some research before making ignorant comments.
on February 13,2013 | 11:32AM
Fred01 wrote:
Actually, I want Sunday mail added as well.
on February 13,2013 | 11:46AM
localguy wrote:
Congress is the root of all USPS problems. Can't do their own job, what makes them think they can micromanage USPS. Tell Congressional bureaucrats to let USPS go on its own. Can't be worse than current management.
on February 13,2013 | 10:36AM
simple wrote:
on February 13,2013 | 12:44PM
lee1957 wrote:
Most of what you deliver is junk, why not slim down to three days a week?
on February 13,2013 | 10:38AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
lee - they thin out the mail for you if you want. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville/postal-worker-allegedly-threw-mail-in-dumpster-at-church/article_d5766a33-5af6-556b-94a6-eeb518809155.html
on February 13,2013 | 03:48PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Did you know it cost 46 cents to mail now? (use to be 44 cents). Still the best deal around.
on February 13,2013 | 11:07AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Why would there be a decrease in Saturday business? Isn't the plan only to stop delivery, not close the POs?
on February 13,2013 | 11:16AM
topgun wrote:
Hold on guys what about my Netflix?
on February 13,2013 | 11:29AM
Mahalo wrote:
Tell Movie producers to get with the times and stop producing DVD to go straight to online streaming
on February 13,2013 | 11:35AM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Go Redbox
on February 13,2013 | 03:59PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Try Redbox
on February 13,2013 | 04:01PM
Iuki wrote:
Why are packages so much more important than first class mail? Oh, I think it's because they don't want packages to stack up and then have too many to mail after a two-day break. What about when there is a postal holiday on a Friday or a Monday? Oops, that means no first class mail for three days in a row. That includes magazines and other items. I think I'm going to need to get a bigger mailbox for those days, because I still get a lot of mail every day.
on February 13,2013 | 12:03PM
Bdpapa wrote:
About time!
on February 13,2013 | 03:26PM
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