USPS Says So Long To Saturdays, Could Affect Readers Most

Feb 6, 2013

A notice that USPS posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday.
Credit USPS

The United States Postal Service announced plans Wednesday to stop mail delivery on Saturdays beginning in August.

Under the new schedule, packages will continue to be delivered on Saturdays and post offices currently open on Saturdays will continue to provide that service. Mail addressed to PO boxes will also continue to be delivered.

The USPS says the move will save the organization about $2 million.

The loss of Saturday service could have the greatest impact on readers of community newspapers and magazines.

In Wichita, the bi-weekly Community Voice is delivered the the post office on Thursdays for a Friday or Saturday delivery.

Editor Bonita Gooch says the elimination of Saturday service is “too bad,” and some readers will have old news by the time the paper gets to them on Monday.

Still, says Gooch, they do not plan on changing their publishing process in light of the USPS changes.

The Postal Service does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

They lost $16 billion in fiscal year 2012.