Under a new money-saving plan introduced by the U.S. Postal Service today, mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays, although postal carriers will continue delivering packages on the weekend. There are mixed reactions from customers in La Crosse.
Credit (Maureen McCollum/WPR)There were mixed reactions about the end of Saturday mail delivery from people outside the post office in downtown La Crosse.Edit | Remove
During the lunch hour, people carrying letters and packages are coming and going from the Post Office in downtown La Crosse.
Everyone feels differently that they'll no longer be receiving letters, bills, and junk mail on Saturday. Steve Loeffing of Onalaska says it's great the Postal Service is trying to save money. "I don't have a problem with them stopping delivery on Saturdays at all: it won't be an inconvenience to me."
But it will be for Pamela Rodelle of La Crosse. Every Saturday she likes going outside to look for her mail. "I was kind of mad because Saturday is when I get most of my mail. So it's very important! I have six kids and they always write to me and most of them live out of town."
Dianne Clark of La Crosse says she will not miss having to make one more trip to the mailbox. "Sometimes when you get the mail, it's just work. When you like to have the weekends off, it's something. When you like having your weekends off, it's something I want to not do."
But Clark says she does feel bad for the postal workers who will probably be losing hours or even jobs. It's too soon to tell how mail carriers will be affected in Wisconsin.
The National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the National Association of Letter Carriers have called for the removal of the Postmaster General. They say he's overstepping Congressionally-mandated laws.