The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Congress to FORCE Postal Service (USPS) to keep Saturday delivery” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/congress-set-force-postal-keep-saturday-delivery-144607874–finance.html).
“Congress foiled the financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail on Thursday (March 21, 2013) when it passed legislation REQUIRING SIX-day delivery”.
“The Postal Service, which LOST $16 billion last year, had said last month (February, 2013) it wanted to switch to FIVE-day mail service to SAVE $2 billion annually”. Those are obviously HUGE amounts of money.“Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Representative Darrell Issa of California on Thursday (March 21, 2013) told the USPS Board of Governors to move forward with implementing the five-day delivery plan for mail”. “In their letter to the USPS board”, Issa and Coburn wrote: “The Board of Governors has a fiduciary (fiscal & judicial) responsibility to utilize its legal authority to implement MODIFIED 6–day mail delivery as recently proposed“. How much “modification” are we talking about here?
“Democratic Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia said in a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday (May 21, 2013) that the Postal Service IS STILL BOUND by the SIX-day requirement”. “Unfortunately, the Postmaster General CONTINUES TO STONEWALL members of Congress, withholding his legal justifications for eliminating Saturday delivery from postal customers and the American public”. Well, POLITICIANS will surely continue to “stonewall” people.
“Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said in a statement on Thursday (March 21, 2013) that cutting Saturday mail delivery would harm rural communities and small businesses and “only serve to accelerate a financial ‘DEATH SPIRAL‘ for the Postal Service”.
Finally, according to Media Relations Manager Dave Partenheimer, “Once the delivery schedule language … becomes law, we will discuss it with our Board of Governors to determine our next steps“. GOD KNOWS HOW LONG THAT’S GOING TO TAKE.
To conclude, we may not getting mail on Saturdays soon. This SHOULDN’T be a big deal, given that most transactions occur ONLINE anyway.