Point of View
No More Postal Service On Saturday!
By Trevor Roberts
Feb 9, 2013 - 11:28:26 AM

UNITED STATES—Some shocking news is making its way across the U.S.  Believe it or not, but the US Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays!  Say it ain’t so.  I’m sorry, but it is.  It was announced earlier this week that the US Postal Service will be cutting out Saturday service to homes beginning in August.  This is a difficult choice to fathom because to me some of the most important mail runs on Saturdays. 

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, nor the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds; except on Saturdays that is. (Courtesy USPS/Facebook)


Granted the postal service typically has shorter hours on Saturdays, but I’ve always heard that Tuesdays were a slower day of service of the week.  It’s a troubling time, sending a signal of just where technology is taking us as so many have argued the extra day being cut is because of people using email a lot more and deciding to pay their bills online.  I swear ever time I go to the bank they ask me about doing online banking and a shut them down within a matter of seconds.


“If I want to pay my bills online I will, but I don’t.”  What people fail to realize is this idea of “security” online is a false hope.  Any person with the right mind set and technology can crack a password and they are people out there that make it their goal to attempt to get other’s secure information. Instead of putting myself in that situation I just decide to stay away from it. In addition, I like the idea of mailing my bills in with the usage of a stamp. 


It’s something that people have been doing for generations since the dawn of time and let’s face it you have a better chance of tracking that mail if it got lost versus something happening with the Internet arena.  I think this is something that may make mail carriers quite happy as they will have both Saturdays and Sundays off.  I think we all wish to have those jobs where we’re not required to work weekends. We do indeed rely on the social arena of media too much.  I can barely recall the last time I wrote a person a letter.  We need to do that more often. 


More importantly does this mean Americans can expect to see more mail on Mondays or Fridays during the week, now that Saturdays are off the table?  Not sure, but I would expect one day of the week for the service to a bit hectic since a day that people have come accustomed to receiving mail has now been eliminated.  My hope is that this shortage of an extra day does not result in anymore job losses.  My concern is that so many companies want you to pay your bills online, and I have this inkling it’s so that they can have access to your accounts and information at their discretion.  Even though they promise that’s not the case, I don’t believe it. 

So to all those that are cutting back on using the postage service, remind yourself what did we do before the invention of the Internet.  We paid our bills by check or money order which was dropped into the mail box.  I have yet to pay a bill by mail and not have my creditor receive the payment. I’m just saying from my personal experience it’s always been a safe way to pay your bills.  And let’s face it, you don’t have to worry about someone obtaining your confidential information via postal mail compared to the Internet.

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