Photo by Alex Greene, Graphic by Ellie Kalatzi and Alex Greene
On Feb. 6, 2013, the United States Postal Service announced plans to discontinue the Saturday delivery of first-class mail by August of this year. The Postal Service said the plan would save nearly $2 billion – some sorely needed money for an organization that is deep in the red.
The Postal Service became increasingly obsolete with the rise of competitors like UPS and FedEx, along with Americans’ increasing online communications.
Connor Hardy ’14 described the change as “not significant” to his life.
“The changes aren’t important to my life because I don’t typically use the USPS, especially on Saturdays,” he said.
George Ingber ’14 echoed Hardy’s statement. “The only thing I get in the mail are college letters and brochures, so it doesn’t really impact me much,” he said.
Staples Attendance Secretary Patricia McQuone agrees with Hardy and Ingber.
“It won’t affect me. I only get bills and junk mail. No love letters for me,” she said.
McQuone added that the lack of Saturday delivery would not affect Staples, because Staples only receives mail on Mondays.
Despite Staples not having any issue with a lack of delivery on Saturdays, the USPS has faced some opposition, and may have some trouble enacting these plans. According to The New York Times, the House of Representatives recently passed an appropriations bill directing the Postal Service to continue to deliver mail six days a week. It appears that the USPS and Congress will have a showdown over Saturday delivery with no solution on the horizon.
Unlike the House but like the majority of the American public, most Staples students believe that the discontinuation of Saturday delivery is a good idea.
“They’re going to have to make budget cuts. This is a good way to do it,” Hardy said.
Ingber agreed. “This potentially could save the USPS.”
Lucas Jackson ’13, however, did not share the belief that the dropping of Saturday delivery would prove positive for the USPS.
“It will just cause future annoyance with the shipping and handling business. It just isn’t a good business plan,” he said.
It is unclear if this change in deliveries will have an impact on the USPS’ finances. One thing that remains clear is that this change will not have much of an effect on Staples students.
“It will not impact me on any note,” said Jackson.