By Caitlyn Koch
Cutting Saturday delivery is the best option to save billions of dollars in losses for the US Postal Service according to Columbia Postal Service spokesman Harry Spratlin, says .
"It will help balance our budget, we want to continue to operate at no cost to the tax payer and to pay our own way. This is a way we can do that in this day of lesser mail volume," Spratlin says.
Not everyone thinks cutting Saturday delivery is a good idea. Nora Fowles has been selling Mary Kay makeup for more than 20 years to customers all over the country through the mail.
"I try to do everything I can to give my customers the best customer service,"Fowles says. "If they discontinue mail on Saturday, that'd be two days in a row my customers couldn't receive their product, they'd have to wait."
Stopping Saturday delivery would upset some people like Fowles but, Spratlin says a change must be made to save the US Postal Service.
"We were the primary method for businesses and citizens to communicate but that day is passing us by and we're going to shrink but we're not going away," Spratlin explains.
Spratlin says population growth is one reason for the projected losses of $238 billion in the next decade. He says the US Postal Service adds up to 1.8 million new homes and businesses to deliver to every year. But, the amount of mail to be delivered is decreasing.
But, Fowles also has personal reasons for wanting mail on Saturdays.
"I love getting mail, every time I open the mailbox I hope it's something more exciting then a bill," says Fowles.
But, those days may soon be over. The US Postal Service hopes Congress will pass a bill this year to give them weekends off in 2011.