It will be interesting to see the reaction to the Postal Service’s announcement proposing the end of Saturday delivery [front page, Feb. 7]. Like most people, I’m accustomed to receiving mail on Saturdays, but I understand the deteriorating financial outlook given the advent of paperless bills and e-mail. But I’m somewhat surprised that a cost-effective alternative is not being discussed.
Instead of ending Saturday mail entirely, why not have two “half-day” routes: residential-only on Saturdays and business-only on Wednesdays? Many businesses close on weekends anyway, so Saturdays will be only residential area routes. On Wednesdays, business routes need to fully operate, but most people on residential routes won’t be significantly affected by getting what is primarily junk mail and bills one day later.