Woman fighting for KCK post office opposes USPS plan

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Say goodbye to Saturday mail. The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that Saturday residential mail deliveries will cease beginning Aug. 5.

The Postal Service said its research shows approximately 70 percent of Americans support cutting one day of mail delivery, but plenty of people still aren't ready to put a lid on Saturdays.

"It's going to hurt everybody," said Joan Spero, who has led the effort to save the Argentine post office in Kansas City, Kan.

Spero calls the plan a bad idea, and worries about disabled and elderly people, residents of rural communities and small businesses.

The Postal Service said eliminating Saturday mail will save $2 billion per year. Last year, the Postal Service lost $15.9 billion.

Some believe the cut is a small sacrifice.

"I think it was imminent, I think it was needed, it was time," KCK resident Daniel Wall said. "There's email now, a lot of people are sending stuff through email."

When the change kicks in, customers with post office boxes can still pick up their mail on Saturdays and packages will still be delivered.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is expecting 22,500 jobs to be lost in the cut. He hopes to avoid layoffs by eliminating overtime, offering buyouts and relying on part-time workers.

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