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

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 8:53 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 9:50 AM
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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Terri Everett's name.

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An Augusta letter carrier stops at the Kroc Center to make a delivery. The U.S. Postal Service will cease home delivery of first class mail on Saturdays beginning in August.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
An Augusta letter carrier stops at the Kroc Center to make a delivery. The U.S. Postal Service will cease home delivery of first class mail on Saturdays beginning in August.

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.”



• 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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Jane18 02/07/13 - 09:12 am
To Deliver Or Not To Deliver!

If mail is not going to be delivered on Saturday, then close everything down on Saturday(actually on Friday afternoon)!! How can enough money be saved if big money is still going to be paid out on the 6th day? Sounds as if some will still be getting the big bucks, and when it comes right down to it, the USPS will still be running in the red! Close everything connected to the PS on Saturday's! If there is something someone needs, they should be sure to get it or have it mailed out ahead of time, that's just common sense..

EnoughAlready2 02/09/13 - 10:29 am
Poor postal service

My neighborhood has a community mailbox location with about 100 locked boxes. It amazes me how often my neighbors have to leave my mail on my doorstep because of careless mistakes by the postal worker. Just because you finish your day with an empty mailbag does not mean you performed well. I have gone paperless with ALL of my bills and most other correspondence because of poor performance. Ever watched four or five postal workers meeting for lunch? Throw that mail in any ole the demise of the Postal Service in this country. Stopping Sat delivery means one day less that I have to worry wondering who's box MY mail was delivered to.

csrareader 02/07/13 - 12:02 pm
No big deal. Saturday mail

No big deal. Saturday mail is not that important and the Postal Service does need to cut costs. Makes sense to me.

BamaMan 02/07/13 - 02:17 pm

I'm with ya on the mail. I also live where there's community boxes. No where near the size of yours, but it's pretty common for my mail to go somewhere else, and for me to receive other's mail. And while I'm here, I AM SICK AND TIRED OF ALL THE JUNK MAIL !!! SCADS OF IT ANYMORE.

Darby 02/07/13 - 05:33 pm
Not that it has any impact on Saturday...

deliveries, but yesterday, I got my neighbor's mail from three doors down. Why does UPS or FedEx never seem to do that? Maybe more efficiency training would close the profit/loss margin and save the USPS bacon.

When the rain stops, I'll walk down the street and deliver my neighbor's mail.

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