USPS To Cut Mailing Days?

By: Associated Press/KKTV
By: Associated Press/KKTV

Six days of mail a week could soon be a thing of the past.

The postmaster general says huge deficits could soon force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery. He's asking Congress to lift the requirement that the mail be delivered six days a week.

It doesn't mean that Saturday would be the day that's lost. Previous post office studies have looked at the possibility of skipping another day when mail flow is light -- such as Tuesday.

The post office, which is dealing with smaller mail volume and rising costs, lost $2.8 billion last year. And Postmaster General John Potter says the loss could reach $6 billion this year.

Potter says he needs to consider "every option." He says cutting back delivery to five days a week wouldn't necessarily happen right away -- adding that the agency is working to cut costs in other ways.

He says it would be up to the postal governing board to make the final decision on changing the delivery schedule.

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  • by JIGNESH Location: NEW JERSEY on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:48 PM
  • by get real on Jan 30, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    Tuesdays is fine! it's nothing but junk mail. Mailmen and women have the right to there vacations days just like the rest of they will still get paid for those Mondays. I think its a good idea over all modern tech. has taken us out of an era of needing six days of mail. Katrina welcome to the 21st cen!!
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Jan 29, 2009 at 09:49 PM
    My first thought was that Tuesday would be a good day. To have 2 days together with no delivery could cause problems. But Diana has a very good point. No delivery on Mondays should both save money and inconvenience the public least due to the frequency of holidays on Mondays.
  • by diana Location: pueblo on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    They ought to be closed on Mondays. Won't miss any delievers when there is a Federal Hoilday
  • by Katrina Location: Peyton on Jan 28, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    If the US Postal Service can afford to sponsor atheletes, why can't they afford to do the job we pay them for?
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