Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Saturday suspension of mail delivery debate applies to today: but not because of USPS budget problems!
You may be wondering if there'll be any new mail in your mailbox today (that is, if you can even make it to your mailbox, with all this snow.) The answer is that mail service in all of New England — not just Massachusetts — has been suspended, according to the Huffington Post. The ban extends throughout all six New England states. The unusual decision was made due to safety concerns, according to Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. The decision came after over two feet of snow falling throughout much of New England made many roads impassable, she said. Dugas reminded people to clear around their mailboxes or paths to their homes by Monday, when mail delivery will resume.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A proposal would end Saturday first-class mail delivery.
The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly announcing on Wednesday that it will stop Saturday first-class mail delivery by Aug. 1, reported CBS News. Mail personnel have delivered mail on Saturdays for 150 years, but the plan is to end regular mail service, while maintaining Saturday delivery for packages and express mail, said CBS News. The move is the latest attempt by the cash-strapped federal department to save money. It has already cut employees and service, but still reportedly lost $16 billion last year. What do you think about this idea? Would you miss Saturday mail service?
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The price of stamps is going up and we want to know what you think.
The price of stamps at your local post office will be slightly higher beginning Jan. 22. A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Forever stamp will increase by one cent, from 44 to 45 cents starting Sunday, according to the U.S. government-run USA.gov. The article cites that the increase is the first on Forever stamps in two and a half years. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue said in a statement on the USPS website that the increase is “small” and is necessary “to help address our current financial crisis.” Forever stamps, once purchased by a consumer, are always good and lock in the initial price paid.