NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The U.S. Postal Service has backed off on a plan to halt Saturday mail delivery.
The postal service says it will now continue Saturday mail delivery because Congress prohibited cutting back on delivery from six days to five.
Customers we spoke with had mixed feelings about continuing Saturday mail delivery, some were for it like Gordon Beebe.
“Great…I think they should,” says Beebe.
Others like Carrie Bergman of Northampton could live with it either way.
“My first response was that’s great I’d like to get more mail but really if I think about it would it really affect me that much if we didn’t have Saturday delivery, I don’t think it would make that much of a difference in my daily life,” says Bergman.
Some like Terry Culhane of Northampton see the postal service caught between a rock and a hard place.
“Congress doesn’t seem willing to subsidize the post office and yet on the other hand they restrict their ability to make changes that would make the service more economical,” says Culhane.
John Rogers is an Economics professor at American International College. He says Congress can kick the can down the road only so many times.
“Sooner or later they’re going to have to address the basic business model of the postal service, they’re losing something in the neighborhood of $16 billion a year and mail usage is going down about 5 percent a year,” says Rogers.
Professor Rogers says cost cutting measures could include discussions about early retirement plans and even privatization of the postal service.