Special to SEGAZINE
A recent announcement by the United States Postal Service that it will cut Saturday mail deliveries for the first time since the 1890s later this year doesn’t seem to have Brantley residents too worried, the Enterprise learned late last week.
The USPS announced last Thursday that, in an effort to cut costs, it would be cutting all mail delivery on Saturday beginning on Aug. 1 while allowing its growing package delivery service to continue on that day.
But Brantley and area residents responded through social media with mixed but mild concern.
For some, such as Gloria Sellers of Brunswick, it’s not so much what she would send as what would have to wait a couple of days without the mail.
“I’m not sure,” she said. “It depends on how important the letter is that I’m receiving.”
Katrina Wyatt didn’t seem much affect at all and said she didn’t expect it to have a major change.
“It will not affect me,” she said.
Rhonda Smith of Hoboken said that the she expected the holidays to be when people really notice.
“I’m sure we will survive, but during the Christmas season it’s going to be though,” she said.
Meanwhile others think the decision is long overdue with the company not showing a profit in several years.
“No problems for me,” Sheila Prescott-Crews said. “But I do … think it should have stopped on Saturdays a long time ago so that they wouldn’t be where they are today.”
Crews added that package delivery should follow suit.
“Good grief, I can wait until Monday so they need to stop that, too, on Saturdays to save money,” she said.
Teresa Hill agreed.
“I think that it is a good idea and it helps them save money so no worries here,” she said.
The decision to cancel the Saturday delivery for the first time in over a century comes on the heals of an announcement by the Postal Service Board of Governors that the first quarter of 2013 saw a loss of about $1.3 billion – or around $14 million per day. This is down from $3 billion during the same period of time the previous year.
E-mail and other digital communication has played at least some role in the troubles of the post office leading to fewer letters. In fact, a recent increase in stamp prices didn’t bring the same rush by residents to buy the cheaper stamps like it had in previous years according to Nahunta Postmaster Phil Lairsey. In a previous story regarding the increase, Lairsey told the Enterprise that people had come in for the old stamps, but said that they weren’t slammed with requests.
The plan to cut Saturday delivery is expected to save as much as $2 billion annually and is the latest in a serious of cuts by the USPS with the consolidation of mail processing centers also being on the list of other items that have been done to slow the bleeding.
The USPS is not pushing for congress to remove a requirement put in place in 2006 that it pay over $5 billion a year for health benefits to future retirees.