No more Saturday mail: Rhode Islanders react

Feb 6, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI)  The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, starting in August.  The postal service expects to save approximately $2 billion dollars as a result.  The decision is part of the organization’s efforts to cut costs.

US Post Office, Providence RI
Credit Photo by: John Bender / RIPR

However, the reduction in delivery days is leaving some Rhode Islanders, such as Ginger Lawton of Cranston, worried.

I don’t see the reason for it.  Sometimes you’re always looking for something to come in the mail, and you know it can’t wait, it can’t wait, and Friday comes and maybe it will come tomorrow.  As a matter of fact I really wish they’d keep all post offices open too, because the one that I’m at—I can’t drive,  I take the bus—and a lot of times I can only do it on Saturdays.  I come here and the place is closed.”

The Postal Service will continue to deliver packages on Saturdays, and Post Offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open.

Since 2006 the Service has been cutting costs by consolidating offices and shrinking its workforce.

The National Association of Letter Carriers has denounced the plan.

Lawton, a former letter carrier, voiced her concern about the effect it would have on the carriers.

“It’s good for the postal carriers, in today’s world. Like I said, I used to be a carrier and you do need that money.”

The National Association of Letter Carriers urges the Postal Service to come up with a plan that will allow the service “to grow and innovate in the digital era.”

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