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Postal service to cut Saturday deliveries

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Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night may be able to keep a postal worker from their routes, but budget problems can.

Mail service will continue as scheduled during the week, but the U.S. postal service plans to stop delivering on Saturdays.

The old saying, "the mail must go thru" may not apply to cards and letters at least not on Saturdays.

The proposed end to Saturday mail delivery is designed to save the US Postal Service two billion dollars a year.

Barbara Swain, a postal customer said, "I think it is a smart move they obviously have budget issues and it doesn't affect me in the least bit, it just means that my bills will come one day later."

The Postal Service has seen a steady decline in the number of pieces of mail it handles, as more people turn to e-mail or choose to pay their bills on-line.

Hugh Marthinsen, a postal customer said, "I think it is just the inevitability of all the other options that are coming instead of the postal service so for us old war horses we are going to miss it and I think and people in rural areas as well, but welcome to the new digital age."

Post offices would remain open on Saturdays allowing access and delivery to post office boxes.

And packages would still be delivered on Saturdays.

Patrick Danahoe, the U.S. Postmaster General said, "our new approach is based on a great deal of customer input that we have heard over and it reflects a strong demand for packages delivery on Saturdays and still achieve significant cost reductions."

But not everyone is pleased with the idea to stop Saturday mail service.

Stacey Daughn a postal customer said, "I want the post office to stay in existence so whatever they have to do. but I really like getting mail on Saturday because part of my income comes thru the mail.so that will be an extra hardship for me."

And for many others who look for mail on Saturdays.

Linsey Gamso a postal customer said, "I guess I am going to have to accept it my favorite saying is, "it is what it is"

And right now that looks like what it may be.

The Postal Service doesn't rely on government funding, and now the service which has been struggling financially for years is taking a drastic step to save money by cutting out Saturday deliveries.

Before any changes in service take place, they must first be approved by Congress.

But if they are approved you could expect to see an end to Saturday mail delivery in early August.

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