Postal customers: No big deal to lose Saturday deliveries

Stan Martinez carries packages for his grandchildren to the U.S. post office in downtown Grand Junction. He doesn’t mind that Saturday delivery will end.

At first glance, it doesn’t appear anyone cares much that mailboxes will sit empty on Saturdays.

In reaction to the news that the U.S. Postal Service will discontinue mail service on that day, Grand Junction resident Debbie Newton said she welcomed the cost savings.

“If it’s going to save us billions of dollars, it’s worth it,” she said while entering Grand Junction’s bustling downtown branch on Thursday.

Eliminating one day of mail service is expected to save the Postal Service $2 billion a year, the agency said in a news release. Mail delivery would be reduced to five days a week starting the first week of August. Packages still would be delivered six days a week. People with P.O. boxes still would receive mail on Saturdays and offices that currently are open Saturdays will remain so after August.

Delbert Coulson took a moment Thursday at the post office to send his tax information to a tax preparer. Coulson said he won’t miss receiving mail on Saturday. He doesn’t get that much mail, except cards from friends and loved ones around Christmas.

Other mail isn’t worth saving.

“Most of it’s junk. I mean, it’s junk,” he stressed.

Stan Martinez was carrying a load of packages stuffed with Valentine’s day gifts bound for lucky grandchildren. The end of Saturday delivery wouldn’t affect him much, he said.

However, folks like his father, who lives in Alamosa, relish the routines of getting the mail each day. Furthermore, the post office is a friendly meeting place to gather and make plans for the day. The older men stand on the brick building’s sunny eastern side to soak in the rays during the colder months. From there, they arrange to do things like go fishing or play cards.

“My dad lives for going to the post office,” he said.

Grand Junction’s downtown branch always seems to be hopping, with motorists angling for parking spaces that get snapped up quickly. Something about the mail seems to bring out the best in people, Martinez said.

“People hold the door for each other more here than any other place in town,” he said. “I think it’s kind of unfortunate to have that kind of loss.”


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