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Marin Reacts to the End of Saturday Mail Service

Do you agree with what some fellow Marin residents had to say about the end of the U.S. Postal Service's Saturday service?

Marin residents had mixed reactions Wednesday to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1.

The postal service announced the change on Wednesday, calling the current “six-days-per-week” mail delivery model “no longer sustainable.”

While first-class mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays, the service will continue to deliver packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail. Post offices will remain open on Saturdays.

San Rafael resident Steve Kirschenbaum, who regularly picks up mail from his P.O. Box at the U.S. Post Office in San Rafael at 910 D Street, said he understands the service has to make changes to be a viable business.

Kirschenbaum, who worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office in San Rafael for 27 years and retired nine years ago, said he supports the Post Office doing “anything to keep it from getting privatized.”

He said that since many people take care of their business online, there isn’t nearly as much mail to be delivered on Saturday. If Saturday service had been cancelled decades ago, the mail carriers “would have been buried” on Mondays, he said. “Now it’s not as big a load as it used to be,” Kirschenbaum said.

Corte Madera resident Kimberly Casey told Patch she’s worried that cutting mail on Saturday would negatively impact people who rely on the service for income-related checks.

The end of the Saturday service won’t impact Novato resident Donna Spinelli, she said. “If that’s a way for them to help their budget, that’s OK. One day less without mail is OK with me,” Spinelli said.

Patch readers who commented on the San Rafael Patch Facebook page had a similar reaction.

“Just one less day I get bills in the mail, doesn’t bother me at all,” wrote Traci Miller-Dunkel. “I thought this should have been done years ago!”

Christine Atkinson wrote that she never checks her mail on the weekends because she’s too busy.

“Whatever it takes to save the PO,” wrote Julie Brod. “I can’t imagine life without it.”

On Twitter, San Rafael resident Diane Fischler (@dianefischler) told Patch she will “definitely miss” Saturday mail. “My Netflix!” she wrote.


What’s your reaction? Will you miss Saturday mail service? Tell us in the Comments!

Cindy February 08, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Post Office/Postal Service still conducting business on a 1950's business model. Have you been to the post office lately? It's a lesson in "how not to run a business", but let's just solve the problems by raising prices, the good ole American Government way!
Mark Schoenbaum February 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
@Cathy, Do you own research. It was actually Rep. Waxman who pushed through the "Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act of 2003" which placed these requirements on the USPS based on a report by the GAO. The idea was to prevent a postal increase by lowering the USPS retirement comtributions for three years and establishing an escrow account starting in 2006 to make up for the missed payments. But I suspect that history means little and that you would rather believe the left's evil GOP rant
Kelli February 08, 2013 at 10:19 PM
That Amanda blamed this on the GOP is mind boggling! I'm glad to see less of a gov. agency. Why not get mail 3 days a week?
Steve B February 11, 2013 at 02:10 AM
I think they should gang the mailboxes at the beginning of each street to reduce delivery times. I bet they could cut the carrier hours in half!!! They do run a weird business as is- the office opens late, closes early, takes every dang holiday in the book and still tells us they are a "service!!!" What a joke!
Bill McGee February 11, 2013 at 04:44 AM
I send first class mail frequently between SF and Marin and it never takes more than two business days. My company relies on first class mail for many items (which cannot be sent electronically) between my office and customers in San Rafael and other parts of Marin. If it took more than two days we would need to use another service and pay more. First class mail is still an excellent deal and underpriced.


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