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Ending Saturday mail will only hurt business

Once again, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is trying to convince us that we no longer desire Saturday delivery. In a survey commissioned by the Postal Service, he insists that 80 percent of Americans support the decision to end Saturday delivery. But the survey was so slanted toward his desires that it cannot be taken seriously.

The questions were framed in such a way that reasonable people would probably agree. The questions threatened the reader with things like interruptions in service and increases in postage if Saturday delivery continued. Does anybody believe that these things won’t take place if the post office ends Saturday delivery?

How can there not be interruptions in service if you don’t receive your mail on a day that you normally would? If you’re expecting something on a Friday, you will have to wait three more days to receive it; four days if there’s a Monday holiday. In the post office where I work, we deliver mail well past 5 p.m., so I hope that a trip to the bank isn’t needed.

How long do you honestly think the price of postage will remain the same? Most experts agree that there will be additional losses in business when 17 percent of the service is ended and companies look to find other ways to get their products delivered.

Eighty percent of our losses are from an unfair mandate that forces us to prefund future retiree health benefits. That accounted for $11.1 billion in red ink in fiscal 2012 alone. If you want to fix the post office, call your congressman and tell him that these needless mandates need to be lifted and we’ll take care of the rest.

Jack Lewis

Lake View