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Cutting postal service delivery on weekends makes sense

Editorial

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:02

When talking about the U.S. Postal Service, it has often been said, “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Apparently, that does not apply to the weekends anymore.

In an effort to cut down on costs, the Postal Service announced yesterday that it is in the process of stopping mail delivery on Saturdays.

It is likely that people will react to this news with anger, born out of fits of nostalgia that the citizens of this nations are so often prone to.

Considering the amount of complaining that has gone on regarding the budget, a government agency that is trying to cut costs on its own is refreshing.

Everyone knows the image of the hard-working mailman, who is an almost daily fixture in the average citizens life.

It must be very unfortunate to have to work six days a week, and now they do not have to.

From a business standpoint, the move makes sense for several reasons.

Most businesses these days either are not open on Saturdays, or receive far more mail electronically.

It does make one wonder if the Postal Service will make similar cuts in the future, and how much they will cut back on.

Still, the Postal Service does deserve a lot of credit for finding a solution that works for everyone — except for Congress, who made it mandatory that the Post Office deliver the mail six days a week back in 1981.

Last year, the Post Office lost $15.9 billion, so obviously the agency is not making money the way that it used to (not that it was ever a big money maker, but still).

If more agencies looked at where they could cut money the way the Post Office did, then maybe we would not be in trillions of dollars of debt.

 

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