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Marin Reacts to the End of Saturday Mail Service

Do you agree with what some fellow Marin residents had to say about the end of the U.S. Postal Service's Saturday service?

Marin residents had mixed reactions Wednesday to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1.

The postal service announced the change on Wednesday, calling the current “six-days-per-week” mail delivery model “no longer sustainable.”

While first-class mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays, the service will continue to deliver packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail. Post offices will remain open on Saturdays.

San Rafael resident Steve Kirschenbaum, who regularly picks up mail from his P.O. Box at the U.S. Post Office in San Rafael at 910 D Street, said he understands the service has to make changes to be a viable business.

Kirschenbaum, who worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office in San Rafael for 27 years and retired nine years ago, said he supports the Post Office doing “anything to keep it from getting privatized.”

He said that since many people take care of their business online, there isn’t nearly as much mail to be delivered on Saturday. If Saturday service had been cancelled decades ago, the mail carriers “would have been buried” on Mondays, he said. “Now it’s not as big a load as it used to be,” Kirschenbaum said.

Corte Madera resident Kimberly Casey told Patch she’s worried that cutting mail on Saturday would negatively impact people who rely on the service for income-related checks.

The end of the Saturday service won’t impact Novato resident Donna Spinelli, she said. “If that’s a way for them to help their budget, that’s OK. One day less without mail is OK with me,” Spinelli said.

Patch readers who commented on the San Rafael Patch Facebook page had a similar reaction.

“Just one less day I get bills in the mail, doesn’t bother me at all,” wrote Traci Miller-Dunkel. “I thought this should have been done years ago!”

Christine Atkinson wrote that she never checks her mail on the weekends because she’s too busy.

“Whatever it takes to save the PO,” wrote Julie Brod. “I can’t imagine life without it.”

On Twitter, San Rafael resident Diane Fischler (@dianefischler) told Patch she will “definitely miss” Saturday mail. “My Netflix!” she wrote.

 

What’s your reaction? Will you miss Saturday mail service? Tell us in the Comments!

dave chenoweth February 07, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Stop normal Saturday deliveries and have a special charge for deliveries that must be delivered on Saturday. .
EastWestGirl February 07, 2013 at 04:00 PM
...ummm, travesty? Geez.
Amanda Montgomery February 07, 2013 at 04:56 PM
This isn't about spending or saving, it's about the GOP intentionally breaking the Post Office with onerous obligations required by no other agency for the sole purpose of making it LOOK broke, which it isn't. It also pays for itself and doesn't take a dime of tax money. This is a huge scam being propagated by sleezy members of Congress. And as usual, people are eating up the lies without doing any homework, and the media has been too lazy to explain it to people. THAT, my friends, is the wake up call to this country. http://www.thenation.com/blog/166103/post-office-not-broke
Susan Wreden February 07, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I'm in the minority, but I'm going to miss Saturday service. I look forward to getting the mail, and usually pay bills Friday night and put them out for pick-up on Saturday.
Sierra Salin February 07, 2013 at 05:14 PM
End the endless wars, jail the legitimate rapist bankers........ There is plenty of money. It is in what we do with it. We value wars, waste, greed, and destruction, more than community or functioning infrastructures. We are lazy consumers, and not creators or conservers. Drive on buy and be entertained into oblivion, or get involved and change our world? It IS up to all of us, with every waking $.
Mark Schoenbaum February 07, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Oooh - GOP bogeymen! How about the fact that their overgenerous health and pension obligations are sinking the boat - or is that also the GOP's fault? Your uber-liberal rag cited thinks that the post office should not have to account for pensions and viola, the problem will be fixed. How naive.
Carole Bennett February 07, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Me? I could easily live with just a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mail delivery. Most all communications that I value are online now, and only the junk mail comes via snail mail.
Lou Judson February 07, 2013 at 05:51 PM
The postal system has been broken ever since they spun it off as a separate company, but gave it no form of support that a traditional company would have. Postage stamps should have gone up to a dollar twenty years ago - just think, the next best way to send a note is a $20+ Fedex or UPS envelope. As it is, if I send something from Marin to SF or Daly City it takes a week, while from Berkeley it is overnight or same day, because they take it North 30 miles before sending it South. The system is broke, and they aren't fixing it, just cutting back, because it is too cheap. We get what we pay for...
Ventress Dugan February 07, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I do not mind not having delivery on Saturday, however my mail carrier will still have to carry the same amount of mail (in my case walks the hills of West Novato) and deliver in 5 days instead of 6 days. He is who I have respect and sympathy for.
Ventress Dugan February 07, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Susan, I would be very careful about leaving my bill payments out on a regularly scheduled basis.
Gail Camhi February 07, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Amanda, you are SPOT ON~! The GOP hammered this out before Nancy Pelosi took the gavel. Their noxious aim is to privatize EVERYTHING. The PO, as unwise business practice & unlike ANY other independent agency, was forced to pay ahead 75 years' worth of employee pension fees, in a 10-year window~!!! The PO is NOT broke, and the public is being forced to swallow LIES~!!!
Tom James February 07, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I think they should reduce delivery to every other day and cut the staff by near 50%. As to ignoring the pension obligations that are being incurred, only a liberal or a public agency would consider doing that.
Michael February 07, 2013 at 09:56 PM
with congress refusing to take any action about this government agency's $15 BILLION in losses (and continuing bleeding (waste) of millions of our tax dollars each and every day) something must be done about this mess. Time for a wake-up call to our lazy congress to get off of their collective arses and address this mess. Congress is still forcing the PS to fund retirement benefits that are absurd. Why? We must cut our losses now. Sorry but I don't buy any of the comments about hardships this will cause. Are we to continue to cater to those who refuse of can't move into the 21st century? Ever hear of direct deposits or paying bills on line or any of the now mainstream processes? And hearing the unions involved tell us how 'devastating' elimination of Saturday mail service will be, is ridiculous and self serving. It is absurd that we allow this significant lose of tax dollars to continue when even the Postal service management wants movement from congress. $15 BILLION in the red! This is a perfect example of how inefficient federal government run programs are. The current administration is silent on this all while telling us who do actually pay taxes that we must pay more (taxes) because it is "the right thing to do"! Some 'change' huh!
Michael February 07, 2013 at 10:14 PM
you read it on the internet so it must be true right Amanda? Just poking a little fun here, not trying to be confrontational. Our collective challenge is to find the real truth not the truth that is fabricated then repeated so often it BECOMES somebody's version of the truth. We taxpayers must find a way to stop playing the politicians game of divide and conquer. They work to pull us into their game where it is always the other party's fault. Then we taxpayers pick a side and start fighting while they go about their merry way living off of us and doing just about whatever they want to do. When we play their game we taxpayers lose. With the inefficiency in government run businesses I'd find it hard to believe that the USPS actually pays for itself as it exists today. I do not know this as fact however. Just step into any post office and it appears to me to be a slow out of date, inefficient operation. So how do we find the real truth and solution to this mess?
Craig Belfor February 07, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Drums, smoke signals, carrier pigeons, pony express, and now the mail. Get used to it. it's called progress, and e mail and texting will be replaced too. i don't even answer my hard line, because if I do, I lose the use of two legs and one arm, and must stand in one spot listening to some bozo try to sell me something I don't need. My shredder sits below my mail slot, because 90% of my mail is garbage, as are 90% of my phone calls. You could throw out all of your mail, and the bills will come back in pink envelopes a week later. I heat my home with junk mail and phone books. If you don't like the system, e mail your congressman.
Lesa Carmean February 08, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Thank heavens. One less truck going up and down my street. A small victory.
Joan February 08, 2013 at 02:31 AM
If anyone gets so much "junk mail" take the time to remove yourself from those mailing lists and save some trees. The U. S. Postal Service is just that ... a service. Why doesn't the media investigate and tell the truth. There is not a problem with this service except that a few years ago Congress required it to pay years ahead into retirement accounts. No other agency has had to do that. In this greedy world I would not like to see this service privatized. I will miss the Saturday deliveries. In this wild west world we live in, where there are no real sheriffs on the job to protect us online or on our wireless media, I would like to keep the post office and my land line.
Cathy February 08, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Amanda provided a link to a recent, cogent description of what has actually happened to the US Postal System. Informed citizens have been aware of this for several years. The GOP in 2006 forced a bill thru Congress that mandated full funding of the health benefits promised by the USPS to their retiree's for the next 75 years in the next 10 years. The USPS is not funded by taxpayers, it is funded by the revenues that it generates. Absent this onerous, unique pre-payment law the USPS would not be in deficit. Darrell Issa, one of the few remaining CA Congressman who is a Republican is currently trying his best to kill the USPS to the benefit of FEDEX, UPS, and all of the other courier services who can't compete on price with the USPS. I regularly use Priority Mail and First Class Mail to the East Coast and it gets there within 2-3 days for far less than commercial carriers charge. Unlike the Commercial Carriers the USPS answers to Congress, so at the same time as they're demanding the prepaid pensions, they're refusing to permit all of the efforts to modernize the USPS. Who benefits if the public's faith and trust in the USPS's ability to deliver mail is destroyed?
Kim February 08, 2013 at 07:55 AM
I will not miss the Sat service so much, but I hope that is as far as it goes. I know my mail lady and she looks out for me and I'm sure many others when delivering packages or signing forms. I would miss that level of service. And I always use the USPS. I never use UPS or FedEx, mainly because I have never had a problem with the USPS and it is always cheaper.
Cindy February 08, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Post Office/Postal Service still conducting business on a 1950's business model. Have you been to the post office lately? It's a lesson in "how not to run a business", but let's just solve the problems by raising prices, the good ole American Government way!
Mark Schoenbaum February 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
@Cathy, Do you own research. It was actually Rep. Waxman who pushed through the "Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act of 2003" which placed these requirements on the USPS based on a report by the GAO. The idea was to prevent a postal increase by lowering the USPS retirement comtributions for three years and establishing an escrow account starting in 2006 to make up for the missed payments. But I suspect that history means little and that you would rather believe the left's evil GOP rant
Kelli February 08, 2013 at 10:19 PM
That Amanda blamed this on the GOP is mind boggling! I'm glad to see less of a gov. agency. Why not get mail 3 days a week?
Steve B February 11, 2013 at 02:10 AM
I think they should gang the mailboxes at the beginning of each street to reduce delivery times. I bet they could cut the carrier hours in half!!! They do run a weird business as is- the office opens late, closes early, takes every dang holiday in the book and still tells us they are a "service!!!" What a joke!
Bill McGee February 11, 2013 at 04:44 AM
I send first class mail frequently between SF and Marin and it never takes more than two business days. My company relies on first class mail for many items (which cannot be sent electronically) between my office and customers in San Rafael and other parts of Marin. If it took more than two days we would need to use another service and pay more. First class mail is still an excellent deal and underpriced.

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