The United States Postal Service’s plans to approach Congress about implementing a new mailing system that would reduce mail delivery to only Monday through Friday has been shot down and will not be implemented.
“Right now, we are just complying with Congress’ request to bench the issue,” said Sabrina Todd of USPS customer relations.
This proposal has caused people to wonder if this proposition will resurface in the future, seeing as how 70 percent of the population were in agreement. Todd confirmed this, saying private studies showed a 7 out of 10-person approval to the proposed five-day mail delivery system.
When asked if the U.S. Postal Service would try revisit the issue, Todd said, “We aren’t sure. The headquarters personnel are currently addressing the matter.”
In the statement, it was made clear that packages would continue to be delivered Monday through Saturday, with changes only being made to the mail delivery schedule. The pending date for this to change was projected for the month of August.
The U.S. Postal Service has become increasingly aware of financial problems and created this proposal as a way to cut costs and reduce debt. According to a national press release by the U.S. Postal Service, the proposal could have saved as much as $2 billion.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has made attempts in the past to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, but has always encountered delays by Congress who essentially put the issue on the “back burner.”
Those who disagree with the elimination of the Saturday mail delivery argue that weekend mail delivery is imperative, because U.S. businesses have been formed with the idea that communication through mail is a possibility six days a week.
The argument is that businesses might struggle to succeed if this important resource is eliminated.
When asked if it was important to make the switch to a five-day delivery week, many students’ answers were similar to the one given by Fowlerville junior Kara Gagnon.
“A regular business week is Monday through Friday anyway, so why not the mail, too?” Gagnon said. “So many things are online now, like applications, paychecks and stubs, etc., that if something can’t wait the weekend, there are other ways to access it.”