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Saturday Delivery - Why the Post Office Needs it and America has a Right to it

Updated on August 2, 2013
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Although many are mystified by his mysterious moniker, Mel Carriere is a San Diego mailman who writes about the mail, among other things.

Will letter carriers soon be looking at rotating days off in the rear-view mirror?  Is Saturday delivery dead?
Will letter carriers soon be looking at rotating days off in the rear-view mirror? Is Saturday delivery dead? | Source

Introduction

Strange as it seems, the United States Postal Service originally delivered mail seven days a week instead of the six that are now standard procedure. The switch to six was not enacted because of any budgetary or economic crisis in the service; it was changed because people were spending more time on Sundays hanging around the Post Office instead of going to church. Apparently, the Post Office was quite the happening place back then. Today when a man wants to socialize (meaning - drink beer) with his buddies he grabs his bowling ball and tells his wife he's going to the lanes. It's a bit of reach, but he can argue that bowling is a form of exercise in that it involves the use of at least one major muscle group, and she has been getting on you to knock that gut down a bit. But back during the halcyon era of seven day delivery the Post Office was the local hot spot, and the excuse you gave to the wife when church time rolled around was that you had to go into town and pick up the mail. Who could say no to that? The fact that you conveniently waited until Sunday to ride into town for the mail you could attribute to your busy schedule. Life was tough in those days.

But the world has changed since then. Sunday mail service is long gone, and here we are arguing about the continuation of Saturday mail delivery. We aren't debating the subject at the local neighborhood post office either, like we used to. Most of those have been closed. Instead, we're hashing out the issue on the Internet, and although some fabulous successes have been scored for fans of Saturday mail, it doesn't seem that the controversy has been completely laid to rest. Just today a customer asked me "How many more Saturdays?" He asked the question with a sad, nostalgic tone in his voice. Although I tried to reassure him, I felt like the Father in the horror movie trying to comfort the frightened child by telling him that "No, there is no boogeyman in the closet," even though I've been hearing some weird bumps in the night coming from there lately myself.

The Postal Service is tackling the problem of Saturday delivery in the same fashion they are going about everything else in this current cost cutting frenzy. To the USPS, Saturday delivery is simply another tantalizing line item on a spreadsheet. It's a very hefty number, and eliminating it would seem to cut off an enormous area of unwanted expenses. Under the current administration, the USPS seems to approach all problems from the cost side; not a lot of visible effort is being spent on the revenue generation end; by coming up with exciting new products and services (Where are you Marvin Runyan?) or implementing new technology that could improve competitiveness. So while eliminating Saturday delivery would certainly cut costs, I contend that it would also cut off the Postal Service's chief competitive advantage. It would also threaten the post office's ability to adhere to its mandate to provide universal service.

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I found this largely ignored scrap of paper floating around loose inside a 775 tub and decided to take a closer look to see what I might be missing. | Source

Universal Service Obligation - Why America has the right to 6 day delivery

Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution gave Congress the power "To establish Post Offices and Post Roads." I am not entirely a strict constructionist where the Constitution is concerned, but it seems clear that the power over Post Office(s), plural, lies in the hands of Congress. Does one have to be a legal scholar to infer from this that the elimination of Post Offices is also constitutionally in the hands of Congress, and not under control of a single individual, such as the Postmaster General? The Constitution gave Congress control because mail delivery was obviously perceived as a vital right back in 1788, when the Constitution was ratified, and we have not yet reached the point at which mail is completely obsolete, or else why I am I so damn tired when I get home at night? The point I am trying to make is that the framers of the Constitution believed that communication was such a fundamental right to every American citizen that it had to become part of the legal framework of the country. Therefore, the right to mail delivery is etched in stone, right there in Article I, Section 8, and cannot be modified by any single entity other than the elected Congressional body. In an age where so much Constitutional hair splitting goes on every day, it seems peculiar that the simple, clear words of Article I section 8 are so often ignored or misinterpreted.

Sections 101 and 403 of Title 39 of the United States Code expound upon the Constitutionally mandated role of the government by setting down in law what has come to be known as the Universal Service Obligation. The Universal Service Obligation sets "specific minimal specific levels of attainment" (George Mason School of Public Policy). Although the Postal Service has been given broad discretion in applying the standards of the Universal Service Obligation set down in Title 39, every Postal Service Appropriations Act since 1981 has made it clear that 6 day delivery and rural delivery shall continue at not less than the 1983 level. In summation, Congress has been given the authority to establish mail delivery and Congress continues to reaffirm the importance of minimal standards of mail delivery to the people of the United States that it represents. Clearly, 6 day delivery is among these standards. Nonetheless, the slash and burn cost cutting tactics of the Postmaster General continually attempt to defy the authority of Congress and, by extension, the people of the United States.

Fortunately for you, I don't think it is my duty here is to argue mundane legal details. I think my job is simply to remind people of the obvious and let them investigate in greater detail should they choose. Toward this end, I am posting a link to a very lucidly written, though lengthy study by George Mason University. It explains the particulars of the Postal Service's Universal Service Obligation in minute detail.

All over America, fans of 6 Day delivery have been expressing their outrage over the Postmaster General's misguided attempts to snuff it out.
All over America, fans of 6 Day delivery have been expressing their outrage over the Postmaster General's misguided attempts to snuff it out. | Source

Why the Post Office Needs Saturday Delivery

Both sides of the Saturday delivery debate are equipped with redundant, monotonous catch phrases that they repeat to the point of tedium; as if by hammering them against a listener's skull enough times they will eventually be pounded in. One of the mantras that is used principally by the defenders of Saturday delivery is the insistence that the Postal Service is just that; a service, and not a business at all.

I can't exactly toe the party line on this idea. I think our legal institutions have pretty solidly established by now that although the Postal Service still retains a special status as a service of the United States government that has a constitutional obligation to answer to Congress and to the American People, it is also a business, and as a business it is expected to compete with other business entities in the market for delivery services that it shares with them. But in arguing for the continuation of Saturday Delivery I do not recognize the necessity of having to label the Postal Service as a service only. If this might sound heretical to those of you who stumbled upon this page thinking that your mantras will be reinforced, then I apologize. But the truth is that one of the strongest arguments for Saturday delivery lies in first recognizing that the Postal Service is also a business, and then recognizing that Saturday delivery is one of the primary competitive business advantages that the Postal Service can have in the parcel delivery market.

Once again I think I need to belabor the obvious here. Sometimes people are so busy examining the miniscule details beneath the microscope that they forget the big picture. The wide, sweeping, all-encompassing picture that I am looking at shows me that the Postal Service's primary competitors in the parcel delivery industry; namely UPS and Fed-Ex, do not deliver on Saturday. This is a vital advantage, and trying to so blithely cast it aside reminds me of a story I heard about a sprinter who amputated one of his own legs because his coach told him to lose 20 pounds. This is exactly what the Post Office seems to be doing here; Instead of exploiting such leverage in its marketing campaigns and in its customer-connect strategies, it is on the verge of willfully slicing it off.

I am a chronic procrastinator. Even before I worked for the Postal Service I would always mail a late package with the USPS in the hope that the extra delivery day would allow it to arrive in time for Mother's Day, some loved one's birthday, Christmas, or whatever other cheery holiday I was on the verge of darkening with my thoughtless behavior. I don't know if there is some high and mighty think tank somewhere that has taken time to quantify the mailing behavior of people like me, but they should. I would not be surprised to learn that there is a significant postal revenue slice that comes from individuals and businesses that choose to take advantage of the extra delivery day on Saturday. The Postal Service should play this advantage for everything that it is worth. Getting rid of it is competitive suicide, and I am sure that UPS, Fed-Ex, DHL and all the other delivery wolves are drooling hungrily in the shadows, waiting to lunge in and gobble up whatever will be left of the Postal Service's moribund package delivery business when Saturday is gone.

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Looking for a good way to eliminate the costs of managing these valuable trees? It's easy. Burn them down. | Source

Six Day Delivery - A Referendum

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Slash and Burn Management - A Eulogy?

In its unwavering push to kill Saturday delivery once and for all, the United States Postal Service is once again demonstrating its uninspired commitment to the slash and burn style of management. The doctrine underlying slash and burn management is that the forest is cheaper to manage if you burn off huge chunks of it, even if those chunks are productive and the trees within them bear good fruit and provide valuable timber.

The good thing about the slash and burn management style is that it does not require any imagination to carry it out. Brain cells seem to be at a premium these days in the Post Office, and with slash and burn not a lot of them need to be expended going through the painful process of thinking up innovative new products and services. On the other hand, the Saturday delivery number can't be missed in its enormous breadth, and it stands out like a huge, ugly tumor that begs a scalpel to lop it off. The fact that it might not be a tumor at all but perhaps a vital organ escapes the would be postal surgeons, and it remains to be seen whether these scalpel-happy slashers will get their way in lopping off a service that America has a right to and the Post Office needs to compete and survive.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Oh so he wrote Post Office? When I Googled him it only talked about Confessions of a Dirty Old Man, or something like that, which sounded entertaining. I need to read both those books. Thanks Sylvia Esme for the tip!

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      SylviaEsme 3 years ago

      Indeed not! I never meant that! Read his book, Post Office. It will make you laugh!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Youre not implying I'm a dirty old man, are you? I had to Google old Bukowski, I confess, but now you have piqued my interest about this felliw. Thanks for supporting six day delivery!

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      SylviaEsme 3 years ago

      Great article. Very funny, too. I definitely don't want to lose 6 day delivery. Even old Bukowski supported it and he hated to get out of bed.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      You are right lady guitar picker. We don't follow the Constitution very much at all. We don't even require Congress to declare war. Thanks for reading!

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      HI, great Hub and very interesting. We don't follow the constitution any more. Everything I believe is corrupt today. Stella

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Worse than every other day is already happening throughout the world. In Canada door delivery has stopped and in England the mail has been privatized. Luckily there are still enough Congressmen who support the postal service in its present form but you are right, the body as a whole is corrupt and self serving. Thanks for reading!

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Mel,

      We need Saturday deliveries because Americans are tired of our way of life changing because someone in Congress thinks it should. Congress is not on my Happy List---and it has been a long time since they thought of what was best for Americans.

      Keep Saturdays or next they will want the mail to be delivered every other day.

      Great hub.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Amen to that. Letter mail may be in decline but our parcel delivery is growing in leaps and bounds which is why UPS and FedEx want to eliminate us or at least bribe enough Congressmen to drop Saturdays so that our competitive edge will be eliminated. Thanks for reading!

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I've more or less resigned my self to the end of Saturday delivery. These days the mail is mostly junk mail--letters, birthday cards, etc. all come online now. But I'll oppose dropping Saturday deliveries on principle. It's another part of the Republican plot to privatize everything.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      You are right Walter, and the postal service is guaranteed by our Constitution, which is something politicians ignore sometimes. Your plan is basically what the post office is doing now because now we are delivering packages for Amazon on Sundays, yet still they want to cut Saturday delivery. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Mel, if I were to run the postal service, I will run it 7 days a week and charge extra for weekend delivery to cover the cost of paying employees overtime. However, to make things easier, I determine what those extra overtime cost is and then distribute it across the 7-day week. Customer satisfaction is key. The postal service is an essential service and should not be subject to profiteering. It's a basic service that the government must provide to all.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Many people who do ecommerce rely on the extra day offered by the USPS to get a time sensitive package to a client. It's also fantastic for the ordinary postal customer just trying to get that birthday package to Mom or Dad on time. There are a multitude of reasons why it is a valuable service for the American people. Thanks for reading!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Very interesting and you make some excellent points. However, I am one of those people who doesn't even go out to my mailbox on Saturdays, so I really don't need Saturday delivery. Some people may feel it is more important, though. I'm fine with whatever they want to do.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      You are absolutely right. Post office closures and hour reductions are being carried out in defiance of all logic. The American Public should stand up and support politicians who support the post office. Thank you for reading and your great comment.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I like Saturday delivery and getting packages on Saturdays. Also, you can mail your bills and have them picked up on Saturday which is an advantage to those of us who wait till the last minute. With my own business, I use the post office a lot. They are always reducing the hours that the office is open and it is so annoying. There is always a long line and many people seem to be using the service, so I can't see how they have no money. It seems, contrary to what is said, that many people still depend on regular mail on a daily basis.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Many businesses in the US depend on Saturday delivery and it would be a shame to lose it. Thanks for dropping by Dave!

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Continuing the Saturday postal delivery service seems like a good idea to keep the wheels rolling, we don't have any week-end delivery where I live.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      A lot of Americans would say the same thing about our post office but for the most part I think people love their letter carriers. Thanks for reading!

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      Imtiaz Ahmed 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      It was nice learning about the PO's Of USA. The PO's in our country are so lazy! Anyway I Voted Up for you Mel Carriere

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Fortunately his pension is safe through the power of collective bargaining. These closures and hour reductions have been going on throughout the country in defiance of the Constitution. Some of the closed post offices are even extremely profitable. The current postmaster seems to have his allies in peculiar places, but people who care about the post office are fighting back. Thanks for reading!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your article is quite interesting and I'm glad to have found this today. We live in a tiny community which has a little post office with one employee and a part-timer. There is no rural delivery, only pick up. Recently, we received a survey in the mail giving us choices concerning reducing the hours of operation from 8 hours daily to 4 hours. There was no option to leave things as they are.

      Our Postmaster is nearing retirement age and perhaps this is a way to drive him out before he gets his pension. I love our little PO and the attention we receive without the long lines seen in the big city. It is disturbing to see the proposed changes after 25 years out here.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I think our disappearance is still a way off. Business is picking up and we are starting to make a significant bite into the package business, which is definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. What you can do is support politicians that support the post office, of any party. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      I really hope that the USPS doesn't just disappear one day! By the way, I didn't know about Sundays!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      It certainly would. The US mail is definitely not dead and it is still a treat for millions of Americans. Little children run outside excited to check the mail so that shows you it still has it's appeal. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I found this to be a wonderful article--I did not know that we once had Sunday delivery! I find that I use the mail more and not less--I send my bills that way and I write letters--so I look forward to getting my mail--sometimes I get letters back--wouldn't it be wonderful if we all did that?

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Mail delivery has gone full circle because we are back to delivering on Sundays, but only Amazon packages. I appreciate you dropping by and commenting!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I was surprised to learn that the mail use to be delivered on Sundays. Interesting read. I think mail delivery will always exist no matter how advanced technology gets.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you very much for fighting for postal employees with your inspired words. Only the American people can stop Issa and his allies. I appreciate you dropping in and commenting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Mel, I hope that all Postal employees fight for the rest of us for the right to receive our mail 6 days a week. As I stated in the hub that you read, If the Republican/Tea Party are allowed to privatize our USPS they can charge $10. to mail a letter.

      Thank you for this informative hub

      Voted up, UAI and shared.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Dana I wish you luck.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thanks for your advice and I will take you up on reading your other hubs.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      It is true that the newbies are making less than the regulars, starting around $16, but it's grueling work and requires working sometimes 7 days a week, with the prospect of making regular requiring toughing it out for several years. As for your friend, I doubt his "layoff" story. Nobody making that much gets laid off, they either get reassigned to another city or switched to another craft, for instance from carrier to clerk. Maybe he elected not to take any of these options and simply quit. Career postal employees do not get laid off, not in the twenty years I've been in. Anyhow, consider your decision carefully. You could always try it out while testing the job market for a better gig, but your postal supervisor certainly will not be understanding about adjusting your schedule for job interviews. There are two hubs I have written on the subject of CCAs that might help you decide. The comments by CCAs on those hubs are really powerful, so read those. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Mel Carriere: I never knew that there once was a 7 day postal service and to find out that one day was taken away because of religious reasons- well- that one just blew me away. I have been trying to get on with the post office but someone told me they lay-off quite a bit and they pay newcomers a lot less than they do the pro's. In fact, one guy told me he was laid off and was making almost $30.00 per hr. and then he found out they were hiring people for 1/2 of that. Is it true, can you enlighten me please..

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Well I do confess guilty as charged for ditching church more than once, but not to hang around the post office, which I already see the other six days of the week. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Mel interesting hub about the postal service. I hope your not one who use to ditch church for Sunday mails hmm mm!

      Have a swell day :)

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      It's remarkable that as religious a country as this once was we did once have seven day delivery. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I like the idea of Saturday delivery as well. But it's a good thing there's no delivery on Sunday, as it's supposed to be a day of rest.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Some very good points. Unfortunately, postal upper management seems more intent on destroying the institution than saving it. You reduced post office hours are indicative in the cutbacks in service that have been going on throughout the country. I should write a hub on post office closures and hour reductions. The post office is a self-sustaining enterprise if left alone by Congress and by its own management. I also agree that perhaps the pricing should be more flexible, but if you compare us to our competitors I think we are much more economical and, if you look at the Christmas fiasco UPS and Fedex went through, we are increasingly reliable as well. Thanks for reading!

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      Kelly A Burnett 3 years ago from United States

      Our post office opens at 9:30 Saturday morning and closes at 11:30, so I must ask - does this compute to a "day"?

      I don't understand the pricing of the post office. Why is there no discount for delivering to a PO Box? They have almost a complete monopoly on that product and it helps lessen their staff needs. Of all the things they could be encouraging and moving towards - a dramatic price drop on both Click N Ship and Endicia for delivering to a PO Box would be a welcome change in demand.

      I want the Post Office to survive but they must like the rest of us, reinvent themselves.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Yeah I'm still hanging on here by a thread although it's hard to find the time. Thanks for reading.

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      supermarc3ll 3 years ago from Kota Kinabalu, Land Below The Wind

      Nice to meet you here. great article

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      Janis 4 years ago from California

      I never knew about mail delivery on Sundays.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      The battle for Saturday delivery now seems to be going well for our side, and they're even going to start experimenting with delivering Amazon packages on Sunday too. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      That's the exact point. I think the founding fathers understood the importance of information, which was why they attempted to guarantee its sanctity in the Constitution. Thanks for reading!

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Getting information to people is important. Any extra time to do so makes it easier for the person. This is great article on a service which needs to continue. Thank you Mel Carriere

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you DDE. It's a challenge and also a pleasure to serve the American public and it would be a shame if that service was reduced by eliminating Saturdays.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a challenge for you and door to door daily hmm informative anda well thought of hub

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      No, we still have to go door to door here 6 days a week, and we still have the cheapest stamp in the world. Now they are going to experiment with package delivery on Sunday too. Thanks for stopping by!

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      StricktlyDating 4 years ago from Australia

      There's only mail here Monday to Friday in Australia. I think they do Saturday's on Christmas week only. Recently I realised Australia Post also sends email's to let you know when you have a parcel to collect from the Post Office, not left at the door and no note in the mailbox! Wow!

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      It is not official yet and if it does happen I don't think it will be for a while. It seems to me that the post office is cutting its own throat by proposing this because, as you pointed out, Our delivery on Saturday is the only economical shipping option that day of the week. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      My hubby runs a small business and needs to ship items out on a daily basis. Saturdays helped get things shipped out quickly for those who were in a rush to receive stuff. So is it official? Last time we visited the post office they said it was still iffy and if it does happen it will be much later. I still have a hard time accepting this as Saturday delivery is still an option in many countries with a much worse economic situation.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Poor management is basically what it is, and this is aggravated because now they always pick the Postmaster from within the postal ranks, and so the head of the company in always managing in the same uninspired style that has been passed down through generations of incompetent managers. The one time we did make money was when Marvin Runyan was our postmaster, and he came from private industry. Coincidence? Naturally, the top-heavy postal management didn't like him because he fired a lot of them. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't know the Post Office used to deliver on Sundays....I'm old but that had to be before my time even. :) Anyway, I'm all for continued service on Saturdays. I know very little about the PO's accounting and business practices, but it is amazing to me how they are always losing money....poor management??? That's the first thing that always comes to mind when I see a company in the red....and a government company? Oh my goodness, I hate to sound ultra-critical, but that's a recipe for disaster. LOL

      Having said all that...yes to Saturdays and I love our mailman...great guy. :)

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      The current proposal is that packages only be delivered on Saturday. The problem is that postal management is operating under the naive assumption that these packages can be delivered with a minimal workforce, which is not true. Although management will declare that packages practically deliver themselves anyone who has ever done a parcel run knows that this is not true. Furthermore, the cut-rate people they will be bring in to do this are not familiar with neighborhoods and will have an even more difficult time trying to find the correct addresses. Additionally, many mailers of periodicals and newspapers have expressed their desire for the Postal Service to continue its Saturday operation. Therefore, I think the answer to your question is no, but I most definitely appreciate you dropping by to comment and I hope to hear from you again.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Mel Carriere, I was just wondering... could there some sort of a middle-of-the-road solution? Maybe a special service on Saturdays and Sundays where a slight surcharge is levied. That would partially satisfy all parties.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      It almost seems like they are trying to destroy it on purpose, which is what a lot of my coworkers believe. There is always talk about privatization, and some people think this current administration is secretly working toward assisting that. Sounds like a big conspiracy theory, I know, but sometimes where there is smoke there's fire. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It's always something, eh, Mel? First the AOs went by the wayside. Now Saturdays, which really ARE vital, like you said. They also gave early retirement and are operating on a shoestring. As far as I know, the popwers are still shutting down EMP&DF, which would only allow one facility to handle the great state of Maine. It is a large area, and one facility cannot do that. Save money in the long run? I think not...

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      I actually have uncomfortable suspicions that this is the actual goal of the current PM. I feel that maybe he is just the appointed puppet of anti-postal people who want to bring us down. Thanks for the nice words.

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      T Baskin 4 years ago

      You wrote... " To the USPS, Saturday delivery is simply another tantalizing line item on a spreadsheet. It's a very hefty number, and eliminating it would seem to cut off an enormous area of unwanted expenses. " .....and it made me wonder ,why then do they not just want to close it and save all the money? Wait, maybe that's the real goal, so it can all be privatized. Sorry, that was so tongue in cheek, but I really do believe this is the real goal. Thanks for the well written article.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      But then again we know the quality of people that are running are company, don't we, so it shouldn't be surprising. Thanks for dropping by, Meredith. Feel free to contribute anytime.

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      Meredith Anderson 4 years ago

      Wow, incredible that they just keep pushing whether it really makes sense or not.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting. Hope to see you again.

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Great article. Voted up.