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Residents react to cuts in Saturday mail service

Published: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 6:19 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – Sue Walton of St. Charles isn’t bothered that she will not get mail Saturdays starting in August.

“I think it’s fine,” Walton said as she stepped out of the St. Charles westside post office Wednesday. “I don’t think one day will make a difference, really.”

The United States Postal Service on Wednesday announced that it will cut mail delivery service on Saturdays starting Aug. 5. However, packages and mail addressed to post office boxes still will be delivered six days a week.

Post offices will remain open Saturdays.

The postal service expects to save $2 billion annually once the plan is fully implemented.

“The postal service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO, in a news release. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”

Dan Hartman of St. Charles said he has a post office box at the St. Charles westside post office, so the changes won’t affect him directly.

“But it says something about how the government is being run,” Hartman said.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, expressed his displeasure in the decision.

“Congress has repeatedly shown bipartisan opposition to attempts to end Saturday mail service,” Foster said in a news release. “Millions of small businesses, seniors and others rely on Saturday service and it should not be first on the chopping block to solve the financial problems the USPS faces.”

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