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Rochester Reacts to End of Saturday Mail Delivery

Most around town agree with the Postal Service's new Monday-Friday letter delivery.

When the U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that mail would no longer be delivered on Saturdays, Rochester and Rochester Hills residents reacted positively.

On the Rochester Patch Facebook page, readers sounded off on the change, which the Postal Service says will save about $2 billion annually. The new Monday-Friday letter delivery schedule will begin in August; packages will still be delivered on Saturdays. 

"Great - one less day of getting bills," said reader Jim Hample.

"Fine with me. I always forget to check it until Monday anyway," said reader Ben Schutz.

"I don't really like it, but I understand it," said Jennifer Prall.

Most readers said they wouldn't miss their Saturday mail. "They could go to three days a week, as far as I'm concerned," said Cindy Johnson Landholt.

Others expressed their concerns for the postal workers.

"I just think it's sad that our economy is still suffering and postal workers will be losing hours they may need to help pay their bills," said Dawn Barnes.

Marian Watts, who identified herself as a retired postal worker, also chimed in. 

"I got up at 4:30 every morning six days a week to be at a 6:00 job and sometimes did not get home until 6:00 that evening," said Watts, who explained that she worked for 32 years. "The reason the post office is having trouble financially is because of the pre-funded health benefits for future retirees, and obligation no other government agency or private company bears."

In a statement, the postal service said it continues to seek legislation to provide it with "greater flexibilit to control costs and generate new revenue."

What would you include in postal reform legislation?

Janet February 08, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Carol - regarding your concern about Saturday Post Office hours - an article on Freep.com states: "Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open."
Carol February 08, 2013 at 05:47 PM
With more and more businesses and customers switching to electronic bills and payments the USPS is going to find its business declining evey year...I hardly get any mail and most of what I do get is the "junk" mail that goes straight to the recylce bin.
Rich Kingston February 08, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Get over it! Get a computer! Its over and tired of paying for it! Can you say Detroit FP News!
James Redd February 09, 2013 at 01:10 AM
The receipt for the purchase of a single stamp at the Post office is 14" long. It has a lot of ink on it, too. Is this really necessary. Think about how many transactions are done daily by the USPS---- millions!!!!!!
Mary Purcell, Keller Williams February 09, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Interesting comment in the article from Ms. Watts, a post office employee for 32 years. She said "The reason the post office is having trouble financially is because of the pre-funded health benefits for future retirees, and obligation no other government agency or private company bears."

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