South Floridians React to News Postal Service Will Cut Saturday Mail Delivery and Pick Up

South Floridians react to the announcement by the U.S. Postal Service.

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    South Floridians gave mixed reviews of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's announcement that the U.S. Postal Service is cutting Saturday mail delivery and pickup. Customers Yvette McDonald, Joan Malgrat, Zach Farley and Monica Robinson gave their opinions. (Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013)

    South Floridians gave mixed reviews of an announcement by the U.S. Postal Service that it is cutting Saturday mail delivery and pickup in an effort to save $2 billion annually.

    "People have voted with their feet to pay bills electronically. That's OK. It's a smart thing to do. I wish you wouldn't do that, but it is what it is OK, and we have to make those changes," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

    Starting the week of Aug. 5, there will mail delivery to street addresses Monday to Friday only. Saturday delivery to post office boxes will continue.

    Packages will continue to be delivered on Saturday which there were plans to cut.

    "A great deal of customer input that we've heard over the course of the last six or seven months that reflects a strong demand for package delivery on Saturdays and it still enables the postal service to achieve significant cost reductions," said Donahoe.

    In the past two years package shipping through the U.S. Postal Serviceincreased 14 percent, while first class mail declined by 20 percent. The announcement to stop Saturday mail delivery was made six months in advance to give customers times to adjust.

    "They should continue to have regular mail. I mean every day actually. I thought they were going to add Sunday instead of taking away a day, so I really don't agree with the new changes," said customer Yvette McDonald.

    "I don't like it. I'm sorry, but they're in debt our government is in debt ... So it might be something they have to do cut back," said another customer Joan Malgrat.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of stamps and other products.

    The changes won't affect Zach Farley, who said: 'I actually do exclusively everything o line but it's usually FED EX or UPS so the U.S. Postal Service is not a big deal for me."

    While, customer Monica Robinson likes getting mail on Saturday, she understands the need for change.

    "I think it's wonderful. I think they should have done it a long time ago. I don't think we need six days of mail delivery. I eally think it's a good idea to save money," she said.

    It's unclear if this move can happen without approval from Congress.