D.C. area-residents expressed mixed views on Wednesday in response to the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to end Saturday mail delivery starting in August.
In interviews with Washington Post reporters, local residents reacted to the news with approval, disapproval, indifference and even compassion.
“It doesn’t phase me, but I’d imagine it would be an inconvenience for some,” said Elaine Cook, a Largo, Md. resident who said the change wouldn’t affect her because she doesn’t use home delivery.
Lon Schreiber, a musician from Ashburn, Va., said the planned reduction in delivery days was inevitable. “I fill my waste basket each day with mail,” he said. “I rarely go to the post office.”
Results from a New York Times/CBS News poll released in June 2012 showed that 45 percent of Americans use the post office mainly just for bills and that about 70 percent approve of ending Saturday delivery.
Richard Findley of Manassas, Va. fits the mold of the bills-only customer. He uses e-mail now to send cards and personal notes, and he said he “can’t see why a Post Office even operates on Saturday.”
“Nobody really needs the mail,” Findley said, noting that mostly just invoices and other requests for money reach his mailbox these days. For emphasis, he pointed to an envelope in his hand with green lettering that read “tax bill.”
Dwayne Reed, a high-voltage electrician from Brookland, said he is concerned for people who depend on the mail to receive checks. “If you’re receiving a check on the first [day] of the month from the government for Social Security or unemployment, the first might be a Saturday,” he said. “Those extra two days of waiting may be critical for people who rely on those checks for food.”
Anthony Duckett, a Clinton, Md. resident, said he doesn’t approve of nixing Saturday from the normal delivery schedule. “They are increasing Postal Service prices but decreasing the services they are offering,” he said. “I don’t see where that benefits us as customers.”
Jeremy Borden reported from Virginia, Alex Rudansky from D.C. and Ovetta Wiggins from Maryland.
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