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Old 08-13-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I have to drive to the mailbox and if I don't leave the house for another reason, I don't pick up the mail.
Every other day seems like it would work well.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: NH Lakes Region
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Default I'm wondering why it has to be Saturday?

Wasn't a study done that showed, I think, that Tuesdays were one of the lightest delivery days for mail? Why can't they pick Tuesday or Wednesday to be the day for no delivery?

Personally, I LIKE having Saturday delivery, as that is one day I can be home to accept packages, if I choose, or connect in person with the mail carrier. During the week, you're working, running errands, and the chances of being around for the mail delivery are impossible, and I can't always make it to the Post Office to pick things up. I have no problem with cutting down to five days a week, but I don't like the idea of two days in a row without mail.

Maybe businesses would also like a day mid-week with no mail where they can catch up without interruptions.
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I find it amusing that 6-day delivery is being advocated for convenience so we can watch our movies and get our goodies -- when the senator justified it for life saving medications. Just goes to show where the typical priorities are!

There are lots of businesses that I wish were open later or on the weekends when it was convenient for me... but then all the people who worked at those off-hour businesses would find it inconvenient to access other businesses with typical working hours and it all becomes a viscious circle. When I worked graveyard shift, I certainly didn't whine that bars and clubs weren't open when I could go as I was either working or about to go to work when they were open or that banks didn't typically open for several hours after I got off work and closed before I woke up in the afternoon so I had to set my alarm and make a special trip.
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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If there is any drug that was truly life threatening, wouldn't you get your refill done a week in advance?

When my drugs are running low I call the mail-order pharmacy and I get my new drugs before my old ones run-out.

It would be the same even if mail delivery was only 1-day a week.
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:16 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I don't know what kind of mail you guys are getting but I never have a day that I get all, or even a majority, junk mail.
Mine comes to a PO box although newer residents are lobbying for home delivery. They don't realize that today "home delivery" means corner boxes and not the carrier bringing the mail to your porch.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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I thnik that is a decison for the post service to determine as its a cost decion really. We do not want to have service cost in a deficit situation.There are already services that provide package delivery 6 days a week more relialy than the postal service. I can see them actaully doing it country wide if needed now days with communitaction changing so much affecting volume.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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I don't know what kind of mail you guys are getting but I never have a day that I get all, or even a majority, junk mail.
Mine comes to a PO box although newer residents are lobbying for home delivery. They don't realize that today "home delivery" means corner boxes and not the carrier bringing the mail to your porch.

People like me are the reaon for R.F.D. I live seven miles from a little country post office, and twenty from the big one in town.

My mail carrier normally leaves my mail in my box across the street fom my private road. It's about one quarter mile. However, if there's a package too big for the box, or an item that requies a signature, she brings it to the door. If she didn't, it would be necessary for me to wait at the box everyday for about thirty minutes (much longer in bad weather) or drive seven miles to the post office.

I get some junk mail; but the bulk of my mail is very important to me. Sometimes, I even buy things advertised in the "junk" mail.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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I don't care if it is six days or five as long as they cut a weekday and not Saturday. For those of us who don't get days off Saturday is the only chance we have to deal with the Post Office if we need to.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Valley City, ND
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I totally agree. I wouldn't mind 5 days a week delivery, but just don't make it 2 days in a row with no delivery.

Also in some rural areas, if the local implement dealer doesn't have the parts you need, they get mailed since fedX and ups don't run on Saturday. If you're broke down and can't get your crop in, that extra days wait could cost you thousands of dollars. Same if a cow or whatever gets sick. The vet will probably have a few dozen doses of whatever meds on hand, but if you suddenly need meds for several hundred head, it comes in the mail.



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Wasn't a study done that showed, I think, that Tuesdays were one of the lightest delivery days for mail? Why can't they pick Tuesday or Wednesday to be the day for no delivery?

Personally, I LIKE having Saturday delivery, as that is one day I can be home to accept packages, if I choose, or connect in person with the mail carrier. During the week, you're working, running errands, and the chances of being around for the mail delivery are impossible, and I can't always make it to the Post Office to pick things up. I have no problem with cutting down to five days a week, but I don't like the idea of two days in a row without mail.

Maybe businesses would also like a day mid-week with no mail where they can catch up without interruptions.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:03 PM
 
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There is a thread in the Retirement forum stating that a Senate committee just voted to retain six-day mail delivery. A senator from Montana is quoted as saying that people in rural areas, especially seniors with their meds, depend on Saturday delivery. I would like to hear from rural dwellers whether they think that's a legitimate argument.
I would agree. Many rural post offices already have limited hours during the day and on Saturdays. I think if they want to cut a day it should be one during the week so that people who cannot get away during regular work hours still have an option to get to the post office on Sat. .

There has been so much fraud and waste within the Postal service but it is the average American who pays the price with higher stamp prices and less service.
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