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Mixed Feelings On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

Joey Palacios

The United States Postal Service has long been recognized under an unofficial motto of ‘neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night’ shall keep them from their appointed route, but come this summer, mail carriers will take the day off on Saturday.

The Postal Service will end the Saturday delivery of regular mail beginning this August.

At a post office on S. Alamo Street, San Antonio residents have mixed feelings on the change. Victora Orta said it’s bad for business and seniors could be left without their check.

"If I’m expecting a check in the mail from Social Security and it’s due on a Saturday, I’m out of business," Orta said. "You know, I have to wait for grocery pick-up, the bills to be paid, it just stops us dead. It’s going to be a big hazard for us seniors."

As more people move online to pay bills that were previously done by snail mail, Helene Segura said its unfortunate to lose a day, but it's not the end of the world.

"We’ll just have to wait two extra days, normally it would come on a Saturday, now we have to wait until Monday so we’ll just have to plan accordingly,” Segura said.

Bill Mendez said it really wouldn't affect him that much.

"I don’t really do a whole lot of my communication through the mail,” Mendez said. “If that’s their deal, that’s their deal."

The Postal Service plans to save about $2 billion per year by cutting out the weekend service as it faces a $15 billion debt. It will still continue to deliver mail to P.O. Boxes on Saturdays as well as packages to residential addresses.

Standard letters and the like will only be delivered to homes and businesses from Monday to Friday.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules