The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to stop delivering mail on Saturdays is getting reactions from West Virginian’s, but mostly supportive ones.
“It would not greatly affect me at all because I do notice there is a lot of junk mail that comes on Saturday, but other than that it wouldn’t effect me and if it helps them that’s great,” said Kelly Justice from South Charleston.
Justice said she will miss getting mail on Saturdays, but she will be okay with it if it helps the post office save money.
The agency announced the change Wednesday and plans for the Saturday mail cutbacks to begin in August.
Marilyn Sherman, from the Spring Hill area of South Charleston, is also okay with the change because times have changed.
“My children, my grandchildren, they text me. I do a lot of emailing because all of our family lives out of state,” said Sherman. “We just don’t get that much personal mail anymore.”
Sherman believes texting, emailing and social media are the reason why the agency has to make these changes.
Dan Miller, of South Charleston said the change doesn’t bother him either.
“I do so much electronically that I don’t sit around waiting for the mail to come to see what might be in it like I used too,” said Miller.
Under the new plan, mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only from Monday through Friday, but would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices who are open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.
Charleston resident Rich Young said he doesn’t have a need for mail delivery on Saturdays.
“No Saturdays makes no difference to me. I don’t get any prescription drugs by mail or anything like that,” said Young. “I can’t think of any time when I would need to have mail on Saturday.”
The U.S. Postal Service will still deliver packages on Saturday under the new plan. It’s only mail delivery that’s impacted by the change.
With the change, the agency expects to save about $2 billion annually.