---- — PLATTSBURGH — In August, the U.S. Postal Service will cease rural delivery of first-class mail.
We asked our Facebook readers to weigh in on that impending change, and they had plenty to say on both sides of the issue.
Here is a sampling of their responses:
Ricky Dykeman: “Noooooo.”
Leigh Carmack Mundy: “finally....cost savings what a novel idea!”
Melanie Carr: “That sucks for people who work during the week ... and can only go to the post office on sat..... dumb idea.....”
Patty Ashline Paola: “I don’t believe Saturday delivery is necessary unless there is a reason for an emergency situation. UPS & Fed-Ex don’t deliver on weekends.”
Kathy Bristol: “Decrease some of the Wages For All...That will save save save!!!!!! No one will lose their job! Especially the ones who cannot climb the tier any higher. and the “newer employers” and middle employees small cuts in pay. It’s NOT like they make Minimum Wage! Some START @ $20.00 ++++ an Hr. Every little bit Helps.”
Renee Dupras: “if they do stop the delivery service, they should keep the actual PO open for people who can’t make it there during the week.”
Bonnie Shatraw Wingler: Good idea. The Post Offices will STAY OPEN. House to house delivery will stop except packages and medicines. FedEx does deliver on Saturday...often to the .......post office. UPS also often delivers to the post office. If you get another company to do your job you can make money.”
Lindsey Marking Jess: “There are plenty of ways to mail a package on the post office’s off hours. How much mail do people actually get these days? Personally, I get junk mail for the most part. So, I can wait until Monday to get my “upgrade your satelite tv package” letter.”
Tim McCormick: “Good idea. Hopefully congress will not block it as they have done in the past.”
Bill Bessette: “The future (other than packages) is online. I never mail checks anymore (online bill-pay), and personal letters ended in the 90’s. Most of my bills come in the form of an email (save a tree.)”
Benjamin F. Irwin: “Sacrifices must be made. If more people used the mail or the pay of gov employees were not so high, this would not be happening.”
Todd Munsell: “Doesn’t bother me. All I ever get in the mail is junk anyway. I pay bills online.”
Mike Smart: “With email and online bill paying greatly reducing use of the Postal Service, it’s a great idea. I think they should go farther in cost saving measures by cutting retail window hours to 5 hours a day 5 days a week. Government spends too much unnecessarily.”
Lionel DuBrey: “what’s with people thinking it’s a good idea to minimize peoples earnings ... it would make more sense to increase the cost of stamps to 55 cents. then it affects everyone equally not just the folks who do the work let’s impact your pockets instead. less costly per person and increased revenue by almost 20% for expenses perfect solution.
Mark Dashnaw: “The reasoning for the government to run the postal system is antiquated, there is no reason for the postal system to be owned anymore by the public, they should sell the business to fed ex or ups and be done with it for good.”
Crystal N Bill Potts: “Any cut that doesn’t involve workers losing jobs is a good idea.”
Chris Hobson Whalen: “That’s fine. We all have to give a little to make things right.”
Bob Peryea: “It’s not a bad idea, but it won’t save the postal service. The U.S. Congress is bound and determind to run the USPS into the ground then steal their retirement and Privitize it. Turn it over to Fed ex or UPS. Then we will pay $1.50 to mail a letter. Is that what we want? Most people dont realize that the US Congress is making the employees of the postal service pay millions of dollars extra a year into their retirement system so it would be pre-paid for like 20 years in advance. No other company or state agency is forced to do that. I would be glad to pay an extra 10 or 15 cents for stamps to save our postal system.
Michael Defayette: “I think Saturday delivery should be canceled altogether.”
— Compiled by News Editor Suzanne Moore
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