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No mail on Saturdays?

Ian Warren, Staff Writer

In the past few years the Postal Service has been losing tremendous amounts of money. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is a longstanding service that has been provided by the government for more than 40 years. The USPS has lost $15.6 billion, and could be losing as much as $21 billion a year in 2016. This amounts to a loss of around $36 million dollars a day! The Postal Service has long been considering the proposal to halt delivery on Saturdays as well as Sundays. The USPS, however, faces a big obstacle: the United States Congress. The USPS has tried to convince Congress to accept this change for a long time, but, despite the USPS’ losses, Congress is looking for alternatives.

The USPS is an important service in people’s lives today. People receive bills, college mail, advertisements, letters, and other important pieces of mail on weekdays and Saturdays. However, because of the astronomical losses they are continuously taking, the postal service has announced its decision to end deliveries on Saturdays. This is a positive step towards reducing loss. For years, the USPS has needed to do something to stop losing money because they have already withdrawn all the money they are allowed to withdraw from the Treasury Department. If they did not stop service on Saturdays, Americans would risk losing 220,000 jobs.

The USPS should offer delivery on Saturdays, but with an extra fee to make up for the money they will be spending on expenses. This gives people the opportunity to mail out important mail that needs to be sent right away, but they will have to pay for this service. It would help the USPS save money because they will not need as many workers. This is the best solution that best fits both the people as well as the United States Postal Service.