Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 07, 2013 @ 7:54PM
Created on February 07, 2013 @ 6:35PM
Starting in a few months you may only need to check your mail five days a week. That's because the postmaster general announced on Wednesday that the US Postal Service is stopping Saturday delivery service for normal mail such as letters, mailers and catalogs. This type of service has been around for 150 years but the change is being made to save billions of dollars a year.
Most people in the area don't mind the change. That may be because some mail, such as mail-order medicines, packages, priority and express mail will still have Saturday services. It's your letters, bills and junk mail that won't be showing up in your mailbox. Videos from places such as Netflix could fall into this category too.
Most people said that this change isn't really a big deal. A lot were actually happy with the decision because it will be saving money.
One woman, Crecentia Downs, said she's "...all for it."
"I don't think that there's anything that important that can't wait until Monday, especially letters. If people are just worried about their bills, I'm pretty sure they'll still come on Monday," she laughed.
Elkins resident DeeAnn Harper still pays her bills by mail. She said that this announcement won't make her change to using the Internet to pay bills. While it won't be a problem for her, she said she saw how some people may find it to be an inconvenience.
"The only problem I would see is if you're mailing your bills in at the very last second and you want them to get there. If there's no delivery on Saturday that could be an issue but you just mail it a day earlier," said Harper.
5 News reached out to Netflix for a comment. Representatives said they had no particular comment on the announcement. The e-mail said that in the past the company was in favor of a healthy postal service.
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