No mail delivery on Saturdays: Area residents' reactions mixed

Feb 7, 2013 Full story: Bluefield Daily Telegraph 27

A U.S. Postal Service plan to save money by stopping Saturday mail deliveries drew mixed reactions Wednesday soon after the agency announced its plans.

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smh

Milton, WV

#1 Feb 7, 2013
One less day of the week to get junk mail and bills!
Thats right

Covington, VA

#2 Feb 8, 2013
You're right: one less delivery day = one more bill-free day each week!:-)
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ok with me

Charleston, WV

#4 Feb 8, 2013
Our society could use an adjustment of the work/rest cycle imho.
who cares

Bluefield, WV

#5 Feb 8, 2013
checks go direct deposit these days ,so who really cares
ok with us

Webster Springs, WV

#6 Feb 8, 2013
Saturday's mail for us is always just junk mail anyway.
Doubtit

Bluefield, VA

#7 Feb 12, 2013
All of you POS ppl will have to wait til Monday to get your DHHR checks from now on!
I KNOW

Princeton, WV

#8 Feb 12, 2013
This at least to me is not earth shattering..do not know of anything I cannot wait till Monday for BUT this is just further adding to the slowness of the mail and the postal system that really helped a lot to use the electronic bill pay and correspondence.
I do feel they needed to trim a lot of the useless fat from their system and be more competitive.

They have grown to be an outdated albatross and never changed with the times.

Actually 5 day a week delivery should be OK BUT this as well as closing of processing centers is just making them slower and slower- and that is not good.

Since: Dec 12

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#9 Feb 13, 2013
If you've been to a post office in the last year since all this turmoil is going on you will notice that some employees move like they are 150 years old. It is like they think if they have a long line of people then people will see that they need more employees and they are overworked. They chat with patrons for 4-5 minutes while others wait. They should check out of work and chat in the lobby on their own time. It is nice to be greeted and asked how you are today, but talking about your children, their friends, your mother's illness, etc is inappropriate at work in front of waiting customers. It is little wonder they are so much in debt.
I KNOW

Princeton, WV

#10 Feb 13, 2013
BatCat wrote:
If you've been to a post office in the last year since all this turmoil is going on you will notice that some employees move like they are 150 years old. It is like they think if they have a long line of people then people will see that they need more employees and they are overworked. They chat with patrons for 4-5 minutes while others wait. They should check out of work and chat in the lobby on their own time. It is nice to be greeted and asked how you are today, but talking about your children, their friends, your mother's illness, etc is inappropriate at work in front of waiting customers. It is little wonder they are so much in debt.
This has always been seemingly at least here. Their entire way of doing business is totally outdated. their attitudes are outdated and all this combined with other internal issues makes them very slow and extremely poor performers.I remember as a child when there was ONLY the downtown post office the lines were long and the employees were very "grumpy" and seemed to be bitching every time we went in there....The same continued and was evident on North st some of them were the gripiest grumpiest people and lines were long while they bitched. This seems to be true in a lot of areas and the overall sluggishness and slow(snail mail) performance all of which are INTERNAL problems so dropping Saturday delivery is not going to dramatically improve performance BUT dealing with employee attitudes and imbedded problems WOULD.

They need to be PRIVATIZED and this useless drama and other crap would get taken care of....
I KNOW

Princeton, WV

#11 Feb 13, 2013
There seems to be an "attitude" in postal service that the customer is an interruption or an inconvenience to them and this sometimes tends to be a trend in some Government jobs BUT in the postal service the CUSTOMER is the reason they have a job( or it should be that way) that is where privatizing would cure this....a company looking to stay in business would realize the customers were the reason they exist.
Disabled American Patriot

Rochester, NH

#12 Feb 13, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
<quoted text>
This has always been seemingly at least here. Their entire way of doing business is totally outdated. their attitudes are outdated and all this combined with other internal issues makes them very slow and extremely poor performers.I remember as a child when there was ONLY the downtown post office the lines were long and the employees were very "grumpy" and seemed to be bitching every time we went in there....The same continued and was evident on North st some of them were the gripiest grumpiest people and lines were long while they bitched. This seems to be true in a lot of areas and the overall sluggishness and slow(snail mail) performance all of which are INTERNAL problems so dropping Saturday delivery is not going to dramatically improve performance BUT dealing with employee attitudes and imbedded problems WOULD.
They need to be PRIVATIZED and this useless drama and other crap would get taken care of....
Until adoption of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, the U.S. Postal Service functioned as a regular, tax-supported, agency of the federal government.Maybe
the price of stamps will go down!
Disabled American Patriot

Rochester, NH

#13 Feb 13, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
There seems to be an "attitude" in postal service that the customer is an interruption or an inconvenience to them and this sometimes tends to be a trend in some Government jobs BUT in the postal service the CUSTOMER is the reason they have a job( or it should be that way) that is where privatizing would cure this....a company looking to stay in business would realize the customers were the reason they exist.
They have been since 1970
Brad

Manchester, CT

#14 Feb 13, 2013
Mondays are gonna be a bitch for letter carriers now.
Pamela

Citrus Heights, CA

#15 Feb 13, 2013
I saw this young guy delivering the mail here the other day. He looked like he was 16 years old. Short kid, not fully grown if you ask me. And, he was moving fast and doing a much better job that the fat 40 year old ones who think they are so important. When I saw the young kid delivering the mail, it made me realize that anyone can deliver the mail, it's not rocket science, but those fat old mail carriers make it look like they are so smart and so important and doing such a difficult and big job. Here was this kid moving at the speed of light delivering everything in half the time the old ones do and he was polite and nice and gave me my package.

What I worry about is they will cut out Saturdays to save money and then not lay off anyone and not cut back on the big giant pensions they give those people. No wonder Darrell Issa made the Post Office fund its pensions for decades ahead. Good for him. If he didn't do that, you can bet the post office would be looking for big federal tax money to pay out those long term pensions.

Issa must have saw that coming, that revenues were way, way down with the post office and he knew they wouldn't lay anyone off, they are in a union, and he knew they would have their hands out to the federal government for tax money to pay for their pensions.
whinersarentus

Bluefield, WV

#16 Feb 13, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
<This has always been seemingly at least here. Their entire way of doing business is totally outdated. their attitudes are outdated and all this combined with other internal issues makes them very slow and extremely poor performers.I remember as a child when there was ONLY the downtown post office the lines were long and the employees were very "grumpy" and seemed to be bitching every time we went in there....The same continued and was evident on North st some of them were the gripiest grumpiest people and lines were long while they bitched. This seems to be true in a lot of areas and the overall sluggishness and slow(snail mail) performance all of which are INTERNAL problems so dropping Saturday delivery is not going to dramatically improve performance BUT dealing with employee attitudes and imbedded problems WOULD.
They need to be PRIVATIZED and this useless drama and other crap would get taken care of....
If chronic bitching and complaining is what the postal service is all about, I KNOW should be the Postmaster General.
insider

Bluefield, WV

#17 Feb 13, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
<quoted text>
This has always been seemingly at least here. Their entire way of doing business is totally outdated. their attitudes are outdated and all this combined with other internal issues makes them very slow and extremely poor performers.I remember as a child when there was ONLY the downtown post office the lines were long and the employees were very "grumpy" and seemed to be bitching every time we went in there....The same continued and was evident on North st some of them were the gripiest grumpiest people and lines were long while they bitched. This seems to be true in a lot of areas and the overall sluggishness and slow(snail mail) performance all of which are INTERNAL problems so dropping Saturday delivery is not going to dramatically improve performance BUT dealing with employee attitudes and imbedded problems WOULD.
They need to be PRIVATIZED and this useless drama and other crap would get taken care of....
If you think the window clerks are bad you should see what goes on on the inside trust me you would not believe people could be that lazy,overhaul is long overdue.Postal workers could not work anywhere else,poor postal workers
George

Smoot, WV

#18 Feb 13, 2013
The post office is losing 12 BILLION a year. They had to try something. This will only save 2 billion so they have a long way to go.
I KNOW

Princeton, WV

#19 Feb 13, 2013
insider wrote:
<quoted text>If you think the window clerks are bad you should see what goes on on the inside trust me you would not believe people could be that lazy,overhaul is long overdue.Postal workers could not work anywhere else,poor postal workers
Laziness is coming home to roost. They are paid good wages and excellent benefits and you are right they could not work anywhere else.The overhaul is way overdue and maybe it should be privatized!
Mrs W

Bluefield, WV

#20 Feb 14, 2013
I KNOW wrote:
<quoted text>
This has always been seemingly at least here. Their entire way of doing business is totally outdated. their attitudes are outdated and all this combined with other internal issues makes them very slow and extremely poor performers.I remember as a child when there was ONLY the downtown post office the lines were long and the employees were very "grumpy" and seemed to be bitching every time we went in there....The same continued and was evident on North st some of them were the gripiest grumpiest people and lines were long while they bitched. This seems to be true in a lot of areas and the overall sluggishness and slow(snail mail) performance all of which are INTERNAL problems so dropping Saturday delivery is not going to dramatically improve performance BUT dealing with employee attitudes and imbedded problems WOULD.
They need to be PRIVATIZED and this useless drama and other crap would get taken care of....
postal workers make you feel as if they are doing you a favor to wait on you at the window I totally agree postal workers could not work anywhere else and they make 3 times as much as people in the workforce around here and I have heard stories from friends about what goes on at the Bluefield office

Since: Dec 12

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#21 Feb 14, 2013
The Bluefield, WV office has issues for sure. The Bluefield, VA office is wonderful. They are professional, courteous and fast.

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