Some Augusta area residents OK with plan to end Saturday mail delivery

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Terri Everett's name.

 

Sheila Field stopped by the North Augusta Post Office to mail Valentine’s Day cards to her grandchildren and was frustrated to find it had closed at noon Wednesday.

However, she wholeheartedly supports the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to stop delivering her mail on Saturdays.

“If you’re going to cut money somewhere, you might as well cut it there,” said Field, who moved to North Augusta from Texas three weeks ago. “But open during the week when the people need the post office.”

The Postal Service announced plans Wednesday to cease home delivery of first-class mail – letters, cards, bills, magazines, etc. – on Saturdays beginning in August. Packages still would be delivered six days a week. Post offices now open on Saturday would remain open on Saturdays, and mail still would be delivered to post office boxes.

Theresa Williams said she wouldn’t miss getting mail on the weekends.

“If I get five days, that’s enough,” she said. “If they’re not there on Saturday, that’s fine with me.”

Others agreed.

“If it keeps costs down then I think it’s a good solution,” said Terri Everett, who was at the Augusta Post Office on Eighth Street to mail a few items and was relieved to learn that the office would remain open on weekends.

Philip Morseberger, who also visited the Augusta location Wednesday, said he would be sorry to see Saturday service go.

“There’s important mail that has to get somewhere in a timely fashion,” he said. “To get to its arrival destination too late, one can imagine all kinds of terrible things. So I’m against it.”

SATURDAY STOP

PROPOSED CHANGES:

• Effective the week of Aug. 5, Saturday delivery of mail, such as letters and magazines that are going to street addresses, would end.

• Mail addressed to P.O. boxes still would be delivered on Saturday.

• Post offices now open on Saturday would remain open.

• Delivery of packages of all sizes would stay at six days a week.

 

CONGRESS HAS SAY: Although the Postal Service no longer receives taxpayer funds, it remains subject to oversight by Congress, which since 1983 has repeatedly passed measures requiring six-day delivery.

– From wire reports

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