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Residents React To News That Postal Service Will Stop Saturday Delivery
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on February 07, 2013 @ 9:37AM
Created on February 06, 2013 @ 6:26PM
If you're used to getting the mail delivered to your house on Saturdays get ready for a change.
The postmaster general announced Wednesday afternoon that the U.S. Postal Service intends to halt Saturday delivery of first-class mail in August. This means that mailers, letters and catalogs will not be delivered on Saturdays.
Under the move, packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays.
The Postal Service has had it's fair share of money problems thanks to a switch to e-mail, electronic payments, and instant communication.
In some areas, officials with the Postal Service have been forced to close offices just to stay afloat.
Officials with the Postal Service said this move should save them $2-billion a year, but will be putting an end to a 150 year tradition.
Some lawmakers, like U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, have expressed frustration with the decision saying it will hurt small-business owners who rely on timely delivery.
A majority of the folks that 5 News spoke with seemed to be onboard with the decision.
Gloria Mackey, a Morgantown resident, is one of those who said she's okay with the changes.
Mackey gets her medications mailed to her house, and as long as that continues to happen, she doesn't have a problem with the changes.
"I think it's a good idea since insurance companies are encouraging their clients to have their medications mailed to them," Mackey said. "I don't think there's going to be that much of an impact and perhaps it will get them out of debt."
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