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From GoLocalProv.com by Aaron Regunberg, GoLocalProv MINDSETTER™:
On Wednesday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced that beginning in August of this year, United States Postal Service letter delivery will drop to five days a week. Donahoe argued that the elimination of Saturday delivery is a necessary cost-cutting measure for the Postal Service to deal with its oft-reported financial struggles (USPS has been operating at a loss for a number of years, to the tune of billions of dollars).
There are three major problems with the Postmaster’s plan. The first is simply legal: U.S. statute requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days a week. Donahoe has said that his cutbacks are not in violation of the law, arguing that the federal government is currently operating on a stopgap budget measure that does not explicitly mandate six-day delivery and so he has a window to make the change. However, many members of Congress have already disputed that assertion, and I do not know how well Donahoe’s loophole will stand up to a vigorous challenge.