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After cuts, USPS will no longer deliver letters on Saturdays

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The USPS won't be delivering letters on Saturday beginning Aug. 1. The USPS won't be delivering letters on Saturday beginning Aug. 1.
HINTON, Iowa (KTIV) -

A typical trip to the post office has been become less routine over the years. Many rural post offices have closed, and others have slashed hours to stay open.

"The postal service needs to run the service like a business, and if that's what it takes to get them profitable or able to manage their finances, maybe that's what they need to do," said Wheelock.

The USPS announced Wednesday that come August, its carriers won't deliver mail on Saturdays to homes or businesses, just packages. But post office boxes will stay open on Saturdays, so customers can pick up their mail. The changes frustrate some post office "regulars".

"You just need to mail things when you need to come down," said Marvin Dehaai of Sioux City.

"It will inconvenience a lot of people, but maybe that's the choice they have to make," said Marilyn Wheelock of Sioux City.

For years, the postal service has tried to shift to a five-day service week, but officials say now finally feels like the right time for the change.

"70 percent of Americans have consistently said that they would support a five day schedule for package delivery, given the financial condition of the postal service," said Pat Donohoe, U.S. Postmaster General.

The postal service anticipates stopping letter delivery on Saturday's will help save more than $2 billion a year.

"It would be irresponsible for the postal service not to pursue this course," said Donohoe.

"I don't think they should get rid of the postal service altogether on Saturday. Just package delivery could be a problem, but if you're going to deliver the packages, why not deliver other mail also," said Jim Cunningham of Sioux City.

These changes would take place in August.

But right now, there's a silver lining for many. The post offices that are open on Saturdays now are going to stay open.

The postal service says it lost $16 billion last year alone.

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