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Residents mixed on USPS news

Announcement of Saturday mail stoppage brings differing opinons

Posted: February 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The U.S. Postal Service’s call to cut Saturday mail delivery met a mixed reception Wednesday in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“I get income every day (in the mail), so it’ll be one day I won’t be getting any income,” said Steve Lively of Valencia, who stopped by the Valencia Post Office.

“I understand why they have to do it, but it affects me.”

“Getting rid of bulk mail would kill a lot of businesses, like mine, that provide mail services through the USPS,” resident Duane Harte wrote on The Signal’s Facebook page. “In turn, many would lose their jobs.”

Harte, who runs a mail service company, said he doubts cutting mail delivery on Saturday will solve the Postal Service’s financial woes; the real problem is “the unsustainable amount of employee benefits that they are forced to pay.”

Another Facebook poster questioned, “Don’t they make enough money from all the junk mail we get?”

Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe announced the proposed service cutbacks during a news conference Wednesday, saying mail delivery would be halted in August but package delivery would not.

However, Congress would have to approve the move, and it hasn’t done so.

“It will have less of an impact on our business as long as they continue small package deliveries,” said Jay Catlin, president of AMS Fulfillment.

The company sends out a lot of small packages flat-rate priority mail, he said.

“The change will affect a business more than the consumer,” said Jill Mellady of Mellady Direct Marketing.

Those who, like Lively, visited the Valencia Post Office on Wednesday seemed unconcerned.

One man with a package in his hands said: “Let them do it. I agree with it, man.”


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