Birmingham Mayor supports 5-day postal week

The United States Post Office has announced plans to eliminate at least one day of service nationwide.
Citing a 4.5 percent drop-off in mail delivery in the worsening economy, Postmaster General John Potter yesterday asked a Senate subcommittee to do away with the federal rule dating to 1983 requiring mail delivery six days a week
Potter also cited the rise of electronic mail as the basis for the trimmed down service.
Yesterday’s announcement was praised by Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, who in June 2008, proposed the U.S. Postal Service eliminate Saturday mail deliveries to conserve fuel and save millions of dollars in labor costs.
“I am really excited to see that my ‘radical’ idea has finally been taken seriously,” said Mayor Langford.
“Like I said last June, if you do get a letter on Saturday there isn’t anything that can be done about it until Monday, so it just makes sense to eliminate the Saturday delivery and the costs associated with it.”


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