Twin Cities customers mostly indifferent to dropped Saturday mail service

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 11:13 PM

Some say they like mail every day, but many say cuts are necessary.

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DoctornoFeb. 6, 13 5:35 PM

99.9% of what I get in the mail on Saturday is junk and/or ads and has been that way for a long time. It can all wait until Monday ( of next year!) to get delivered. Rarely is anything time critical

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woodyagFeb. 6, 13 6:01 PM

Indifferent my Aunt Fanny! We're ecstatic. This was the right decision- end 1st class- but continue Sat. delivery of packages. In fact- that will help keep thousands of small businesses in business. Right now the Post Office is the only service the offers Saturday packages for every day costs- for the shipper, if you've got a customer who needs Saturday delivery, it's either USPS - or pay triple for extra service. There are thousands of kinds of deliveries that NEED to happen on the weekends; and this is the ONLY remaining service. Bravo!! And thank you!

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hungry4newsFeb. 6, 13 6:02 PM

I'm confused how a $2.5B cut is little more than a band-aid for the massive loss the USPS reports. Last year the loss was 15B. Even taking into account the 5B benefits noose. They are still operating at a $7B loss. This is akin to kicking the can down the road wearing blinders. They need to cut daily household service to 4 day weeks and raise the price for an envelope to 1.00

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brotherkennyFeb. 6, 13 7:14 PM

Our government chooses to operate them at a loss. Is that a surprise? Make cuts or raise the price. USPS is still the best value for some products.

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sallygirlFeb. 6, 13 7:39 PM

This is not so much about the elimination of Saturday mail delivery. It is about the deliberate intent by the Republican Party to destroy the U.S. Postal System as evidenced by a law passed in 2006 requiring the U.S. Postal System to pay at least $5.5 billion a year into a retiree health benefit fund. No other corporation is required to do so. This is what is causing the financial crisis facing our postal system. Oh, and just in case you didn't know - not one single penny of tax dollars is used to support our postal system. Congress needs to act now to enact legislation that will fix this unfair requirement. Let's talk about the thousands of jobs that will be lost and what that means for our economy. This is a big deal. We need to urge Congress to act now. And just to clarify - I do not nor do any of my friends or family work for the U.S. Postal System.

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sgtbuzzcutFeb. 6, 13 8:04 PM

Sallygirl... The taxpayer is paying for their benefits not "The Postal Service". Sounds like mismanagement of budget and retirement funds.

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sgtbuzzcutFeb. 6, 13 8:06 PM

Go one step further. Deliver letters on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Packages Mon-Sat. Fine with me. Will eventually dwindle to nothing anyway. Unfortunate but necessary. USPS has been in crisis for years. The Execs knew of it a long long time ago and were told to make adjustments. They didn't and here's where we are.

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sallygirlFeb. 6, 13 8:16 PM

How is the taxpayer paying for their benefits? Explain.

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sallygirlFeb. 6, 13 8:20 PM

Tax payers are paying for congress members' benefits. Benefits that most of us would love to have. We could all save a lot of our precious tax dollars if we changed that scenario. Let's work on that.

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elle2008Feb. 6, 13 9:11 PM

"This is not so much about the elimination of Saturday mail delivery. It is about the deliberate intent by the Republican Party to destroy the U.S. Postal System as evidenced by a law passed in 2006 requiring the U.S. Postal System to pay at least $5.5 billion a year into a retiree health benefit fund. No other corporation is required to do so. This is what is causing the financial crisis facing our postal system. Oh, and just in case you didn't know - not one single penny of tax dollars is used to support our postal system. Congress needs to act now to enact legislation that will fix this unfair requirement." How true. Now will the sheeple see it for what it is?

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