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February 8, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Here's my response to the U.S. Postal Service canceling Saturday mail service: What a relief. Hey, I love the idea of getting wonderful things in the mail: big fat checks or torrid declarations of love (from someone I want to hear from). But the letter carrier doesn't deliver those things anymore, for the most part. Money you've earned gets deposited directly into your bank account. Lovers text and call. The last exciting piece of mail I got was my W-2 form. That means I can start the process of getting my income tax refund -- which won't come by mail but will be, yes, electronically deposited.
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OPINION
April 11, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
When the U.S. Postal Service announced in February that it would end Saturday mail delivery this summer, most Americans reacted with a mixture of wistfulness and resignation. Yes, it was sad that the mail carrier wouldn't be dropping off letters on Saturday anymore, but scaling back to five days was a necessary concession to the agency's financial problems and a reflection of changes in communication wrought by the Internet. But not everyone saw it that way: The unions representing postal employees and their champions on Capitol Hill were especially determined to block the change, and a continuing resolution passed by Congress last month prohibited the USPS from curtailing service.
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NATIONAL
March 3, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian and Kim Geiger
Few things in life are as reliable or as taken for granted as Saturday delivery of the U.S. mail. Though much of the official world is closed for business, there is still hope for that longed-for college admission letter, the arrival of the No. 1 pick in your Netflix queue, the latest copy of the New Yorker. Or dread at having to slog through another pile of junk mail. That could change. In a move that was met with outrage in some quarters and glazed-over eyes in others, America's postmaster general, John Potter, suggested Tuesday that the U.S. Postal Service may end Saturday mail delivery to help the money-hemorrhaging agency survive.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Here's my response to the U.S. Postal Service canceling Saturday mail service: What a relief. Hey, I love the idea of getting wonderful things in the mail: big fat checks or torrid declarations of love (from someone I want to hear from). But the letter carrier doesn't deliver those things anymore, for the most part. Money you've earned gets deposited directly into your bank account. Lovers text and call. The last exciting piece of mail I got was my W-2 form. That means I can start the process of getting my income tax refund -- which won't come by mail but will be, yes, electronically deposited.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The U.S. Postal Service, struggling under a financial load and facing tough competition, will stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning this summer, officials announced. The announcement, which had been expected, is seen as an attempt to force Congress to deal with the Postal Service's increasing financial woes. Congress has tried to reorganize the agency, but efforts have been derailed because of politics. Material prepared for a Wednesday news conference by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe says that Postal Service market research and other research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the agency to reduce costs.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service announced plans to end Saturday mail delivery starting in August while maintaining six-day delivery of packages, a move that faces an unclear future in Congress. Postal officials said the action was crucial to keeping the agency solvent. It would be the biggest change in mail delivery since the post office ended twice-daily service in the 1950s. Although the Postal Service no longer receives taxpayer funds, it remains subject to oversight by Congress, which since 1983 has repeatedly passed measures requiring six-day delivery.
OPINION
April 11, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
When the U.S. Postal Service announced in February that it would end Saturday mail delivery this summer, most Americans reacted with a mixture of wistfulness and resignation. Yes, it was sad that the mail carrier wouldn't be dropping off letters on Saturday anymore, but scaling back to five days was a necessary concession to the agency's financial problems and a reflection of changes in communication wrought by the Internet. But not everyone saw it that way: The unions representing postal employees and their champions on Capitol Hill were especially determined to block the change, and a continuing resolution passed by Congress last month prohibited the USPS from curtailing service.
NEWS
April 4, 2001 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing huge financial losses, the U.S. Postal Service will consider canceling Saturday mail delivery and shutting down some of its vast network of 38,000 post offices. The agency's board of governors Tuesday ordered a 90-day study of the drastic money-saving measures that might be needed to cope with a deficit that could reach $3 billion this fiscal year.
OPINION
June 26, 2010 | Les Gapay
On a recent Saturday I got two pieces of mail. One was an advertisement from a hearing aid company to alert "a select few" that a "factory trained" representative would be available for "five days only" to conduct free hearing tests. "Your problem may just be wax!" the flier informed me optimistically. But just in case, I was being offered $1,000 off the purchase of a hearing aid. I already have hearing aids, and I don't need another, so I tossed the ad in the trash. The other piece of mail was the umpteenth reminder from Chase bank, where I have a checking account, that beginning Aug. 15, if I don't sign up for debit card overdraft coverage my debit card purchases will be denied if I don't have sufficient funds.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2010 | By Clement Tan
The discussed demise of Saturday mail delivery would become a reality early next year under a cost-cutting U.S. Postal Service plan unveiled Monday that would also slash thousands of front-line jobs. "Given the fact that we're facing such a huge deficit, we'd like to move as quickly as possible," Postmaster General John E. Potter told a news conference. Faced with a projected $238-billion deficit over the next decade, the Postal Service board of governors approved the cuts last week and ordered Potter to submit the proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Hallmark is worried about the end of Saturday mail. Amazon.com, not so much. Across the business world, merchants, delivery services and mass mailers of all kinds were assessing the effect of no weekend delivery of first-class mail possibly starting this summer. The U.S. Postal Service said it made the announcement Wednesday - about six months in advance of implementing a five-day mail delivery schedule in August - to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The U.S. Postal Service, struggling under a financial load and facing tough competition, will stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning this summer, officials announced. The announcement, which had been expected, is seen as an attempt to force Congress to deal with the Postal Service's increasing financial woes. Congress has tried to reorganize the agency, but efforts have been derailed because of politics. Material prepared for a Wednesday news conference by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe says that Postal Service market research and other research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the agency to reduce costs.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service announced plans to end Saturday mail delivery starting in August while maintaining six-day delivery of packages, a move that faces an unclear future in Congress. Postal officials said the action was crucial to keeping the agency solvent. It would be the biggest change in mail delivery since the post office ended twice-daily service in the 1950s. Although the Postal Service no longer receives taxpayer funds, it remains subject to oversight by Congress, which since 1983 has repeatedly passed measures requiring six-day delivery.
OPINION
June 26, 2010 | Les Gapay
On a recent Saturday I got two pieces of mail. One was an advertisement from a hearing aid company to alert "a select few" that a "factory trained" representative would be available for "five days only" to conduct free hearing tests. "Your problem may just be wax!" the flier informed me optimistically. But just in case, I was being offered $1,000 off the purchase of a hearing aid. I already have hearing aids, and I don't need another, so I tossed the ad in the trash. The other piece of mail was the umpteenth reminder from Chase bank, where I have a checking account, that beginning Aug. 15, if I don't sign up for debit card overdraft coverage my debit card purchases will be denied if I don't have sufficient funds.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2010 | By Clement Tan
The discussed demise of Saturday mail delivery would become a reality early next year under a cost-cutting U.S. Postal Service plan unveiled Monday that would also slash thousands of front-line jobs. "Given the fact that we're facing such a huge deficit, we'd like to move as quickly as possible," Postmaster General John E. Potter told a news conference. Faced with a projected $238-billion deficit over the next decade, the Postal Service board of governors approved the cuts last week and ordered Potter to submit the proposal to the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.
NATIONAL
March 3, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian and Kim Geiger
Few things in life are as reliable or as taken for granted as Saturday delivery of the U.S. mail. Though much of the official world is closed for business, there is still hope for that longed-for college admission letter, the arrival of the No. 1 pick in your Netflix queue, the latest copy of the New Yorker. Or dread at having to slog through another pile of junk mail. That could change. In a move that was met with outrage in some quarters and glazed-over eyes in others, America's postmaster general, John Potter, suggested Tuesday that the U.S. Postal Service may end Saturday mail delivery to help the money-hemorrhaging agency survive.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Hallmark is worried about the end of Saturday mail. Amazon.com, not so much. Across the business world, merchants, delivery services and mass mailers of all kinds were assessing the effect of no weekend delivery of first-class mail possibly starting this summer. The U.S. Postal Service said it made the announcement Wednesday - about six months in advance of implementing a five-day mail delivery schedule in August - to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust.
NEWS
April 4, 2001 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing huge financial losses, the U.S. Postal Service will consider canceling Saturday mail delivery and shutting down some of its vast network of 38,000 post offices. The agency's board of governors Tuesday ordered a 90-day study of the drastic money-saving measures that might be needed to cope with a deficit that could reach $3 billion this fiscal year.
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