Reaction of downtown postal customers mixed over delivery five days a week rather than six

Grand Valley residents who enjoy getting mail on Saturdays may be in for disappointment.

On Wednesday, Postmaster General John Potter appeared before Congress and said the Postal Service may be forced to scale back mail delivery from six days per week to five days to save money.

Britny Rauen, 28, said she’d rather see the Postal Service cut costs by cutting mail delivery than by raising the price of postage.

Several people coming out of the U.S. Post Office at Fourth Street and Rood Avenue on Wednesday had different reactions to Potter’s announcement.

Maria Hernandez said she didn’t use the post office much, so she didn’t care.

Jose Quintana said six-day delivery is a service that should continue because that’s what he counts on.

Ann Litke said she thought small-business owners would be more affected than she would.

If the Postal Service eliminated Saturday delivery, David Posta, a mortgage broker at Apex Mortgage, said his business wouldn’t be affected because his office isn’t open on weekends. Posta, 29, admitted he doesn’t check his personal mailbox on Saturdays.

If the Postal Service eliminated delivery during a weekday, however, Posta said he would have to adjust.

“If I had to send a package, we’d use a private company like FedEx or UPS,” Posta said. “I’d adjust my business accordingly.”

Potter didn’t say Wednesday whether the Postal Service might eliminate Saturday service or one weekday of service.

Pushing business toward UPS and FedEx was just one concern retired postal carrier Chuck Bailey, 82, had if the Postal Service eliminates one day of service.

Bailey worked for the Postal Service for 31 years before retiring in 1983. He spent 13 years delivering mail in rural Clifton and 18 years on a Grand Junction route where people sometimes gave him iced tea.

Bailey and his wife, Marie, 80, continue that gifting tradition each Christmas when they give their postal carrier a box of chocolates.

Bailey’s commitment to the Postal Service remains strong. The highlight of his U.S. Postal Service career was the day he was given a regular route in Mesa County. It was 1954, and
Bailey was 28 years old. He was no longer just a substitute driver.

Bailey was concerned any cutbacks would cost local substitute carriers — like he once was — their jobs. He also was concerned the extra days off would mean double the mail loads
for many local carriers.

Grand Junction resident Kathy Martinez, 57, agreed with Bailey that jobs shouldn’t be eliminated to save money, but she understood the Postal Service may need to cut costs, even if it damages current expectations of mail delivery.

“Initially, I’d probably be resistant to it, feeling like it’s a bigger deal than it actually was,” she said.


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