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Bidding Farewell to Saturday Postal Rounds

Is the loss of Saturday mail delivery a smart fiscal move for the U.S. Postal Service or a casualty of today's e-culture?

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds — inscription found on the General Post Office at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street, New York City.

When the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1, we felt a pang of sadness.

We will miss the Saturday morning ritual of the mailman's appointed rounds here in the North End when our carrier walks by with a chipper "hello" as the kids shoot hoop and we sip coffee on the back deck.

Our fellow seems perfectly content working Monday to Thursday and Saturday. Now he’ll get the whole weekend off or perhaps work his shift indoors, though cost cutting moved carrier operations from the Unionville Post Office to Burlington a few years ago.

It’s not like we won’t see him anymore, of course, but not many folks are home during the day when the mail carrier makes his or her rounds. We arrive home after a long day of work to find an envelope or flyer in the box, carried by unseen hands.

That is until Saturday, when if we’re outside, we get the mail handed to us. It’s something that’s rarely done in today’s e-culture.

Farmington Patch asked our Facebook fans yesterday how they feel about the change. We received an array of answers:

  • Mark Blore Think it's good for the workers if they still have jobs. Plus only 2 kinds of mail now- half I throw away, the other half I don't want to pay.
  • Bill Stanford If it keeps the Post Office solvent, I am all for it.
  • Jane Braff Paquet At least they had the sense to keep Sat package delivery. That is where I seem them having a competitive advantage over private services.
  • Marybeth Griffin Petersen Think of the positive environmental benefit of all those fewer trucks on the road!
Paul Chotkowski February 08, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I still remember when mail was deliver twice a day in my urban Boston area neighborhood. It went the way of the milk man and the late edition of the Herald Traveler [or was it the Herald American I don't recall]. We purchase our milk at the store and no one but the local Numbers Runners missed the late edition of paper. Life went on. The only constant is change except when it comes to bloated public sector union employees' wages, work rules, pensions, benefits, and political contributions / laundered funds to the Democrat party. There are many hard working dedicated Postal employees whose livelihood is at risk because of an outdated business model and competing political interests. Privatize the post office and be done with it!
Paul Chotkowski February 12, 2013 at 03:13 PM
MJ you are right, juxtaposing my views on liberty & your views on collective control is nonsensical. Expressing an opinion that you disagree with is not a “rant” or "rave"! What does it say about you & your point of view that you do not use your real first & last name? Could it be possible that you are afraid of someone looking up your address as you have done with me? It is easy to have an opinion when there is no cost. Thank you for noticing my modest effort to counter the lamestream media’s efforts to propagate Progressive / Socialist propaganda. Patch & the Huffington Post have a clear editorial bent! If you don’t like the fact that I disagree with it, you should work to suspend my first amendment rights like you are already doing with my 2nd [SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED 4 simple words] but I digress again, maybe you could lock me up in a concentration camp à la Manzanar, death march me & my family à la the Trail of Tears, deem me mentally deficient & commit me to a psych hospital à la the CCCP, train me off to a reeducation camp or better yet a death camp, or just get the editor to pull my comments. But until you & your Progressive / Socialist buddies come a knock’en at PH, I will exercise my rights to express my opinion. Consider the conservative way of living and simply DO NOT READ MY POSTS. But Utopian Collectivists like yourself can’t stand an individual’s freedom to disagree with their collective betters. Why compete when you can payoff the judge?

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