TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- For 150 years, Americans have been used to their mail coming like clockwork, Monday through Saturday.
Some changes are coming summer 2013 for the U.S. Postal Service.
It announced it is breaking the 150 year tradition, aimed at saving the agency from going bankrupt.
The U.S. Postal Service is in financial trouble. To try to make up for the $41 billion dollars the agency has lost over the past six years, mail will be delivered only through Fridays.
U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said it a press conference the loss is unacceptable. "It's an important part of our return to profitability and financial stability."
The decision is not met with much opposition.
Lesliee Hartman said the decision has many different sides to consider. "To me, it's another day of bills I have to get. I'm used to all my life having it on Saturdays," she said, "but if they have to save money to keep these places open and keep jobs, then it might be best for them to have off on Saturdays."
Jim Still said it won't affect him at all. "It don't bother me that much. It may slow down on the price increase, don't have to pay the workers work on Saturday," he said.
The loss in revenue is blamed on the growing use of online billing and private shipppers. Hardly anyone sends letters anymore.
Package delivery is up, however, and the postal service will keep delivering those six days a week. P.O. Boxes won't be affected either. Medicine will still be delivered on Saturdays, and post offices that were already open on Saturdays will keep those hours.
The five-day delivery is supposed to save $2 billion dollars, which seems to be alright with most Americans.
Senator Jerry Moran released this statement in reaction to the change. He said:
"Eliminating Saturday mail delivery is not a solution that will solve their financial crisis as a whole. After numerous meetings with the Postmaster General, I know smart reforms are needed to make certain the Postal Service can compete in a digital world, increase revenue and not become a taxpayer liability."
The change will go into effect August 5, 2013