Reaction Mixed As Saturday Mail Delivery Continues

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The U.S. Postal Service's decision to continue delivering mail on Saturdays drew mixed reviews in the north country this weeek.

The Postal Service said it was reluctantly postponing its plan to end Saturday mail deliveries in August, and blamed Congress.

The Postal Service wants to end Saturday delivery as a money saving measure. It was supposed to save about $2 billion a year.

We took an quick, informal survey of customers outside the post office off Arsenal Street in Watertown this week, and got a fair amount of support for keeping Saturday delivery.

Bree Shields noted ""Sometimes people really need to get certain packages on Saturday."

(In fact, the Postal Service planned to continue Saturday package delivery, even after mail delivery was discontinued.)

And Alexander Mabry summed it up this way: "Of course - everybody needs their mail."

But do they?

Not far from the post office, you could find an example of how business is changing, and relying less on traditional mail.

At North Country Rent To Own, we were told that five or six years ago, most people mailed in their payments.

Now, said the company's Nathan Talotta, "out of the hundreds of customers we deal with, one or two people will still mail in a check."

More information:

- Read more about the Postal Service's decision to keep Saturday delivery here.

- Save The Post Office is a web site that has opposed post office closings, cutbacks in Saturday delivery and has argued that the whole "we have to make the postal service smaller to save it" is misguided. It's the pushback to the official version of the Postal Service's problems. 

- The official statement from the Postal Service Board of Governors.

Monday, September 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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