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U.S. Postal Service to Drop Saturday Mail in August

Fox News reports the move will save about $2 billion and will not affect package delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service will announce the end of Saturday mail delivery this morning, according to Fox News.

"I'm in favor of it," said Dr. Hagan Baskin, 81, a retired vascula surgeon living in the Park Springs retirement community in Stone Mountain. "I think we could go to Monday, Wednesday, Friday post office delivery and save more money."

Said Michael Miles, spokesperson for the Atlanta District of the USPS: "What's being reported is one of those things that we are looking at as another possible cost-cutting measure,"  "So for now it's part of a study that we are looking at over the next five years to reduce our costs."

Saturday mail delivery will end in August. The move, which does not affect package delivery, is expected to save $2 billion annually, the report indicated.

CBS News reports the plan to shrink delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail, while packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still get delivered on Saturdays.

On Tuesday, The Huffington Post reported that Hallmark Cards, Inc. has hired lobbyists who will ask Congress to keep Saturday delivery and consider other cost-saving measures. According to the report, postal workers say the move could result in the loss of 80,000 jobs. 

"It's just another one of those things we are looking at too," said Miles.

Will the loss of Saturday mail delivery affect you? Tell us in comments.

Joni Hubred-Golden contributed to this report.

Marianne Cheek February 14, 2013 at 02:01 AM
It seems as if I am on all catalog mailings lists. If i don't receive the ones due for delivery on Saturday, I can wait until Monday. We'll get accustomed sooner than you think and by Halloween will have forgotten that we miss Saturday mail. Come on, get upset about serious concerns.

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