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Customers voice opinions about postal changes

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Postal workers are not allowed to comment on the changes. Postal workers are not allowed to comment on the changes.

The Post Office will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays.

Some Post Office customers in the Shoals think it is a good idea but worry about sending more people to the unemployment line, while others said they don't think the government will save any money.

Under the new plan, the postal service said it will continue to deliver packages, mail-order medicine, and express mail on Saturday but not letters or catalogs.

And the Post Offices which are now open on Saturdays will continue to be open on Saturdays.

Officials with the Post Office say the change is necessary to cut more than $2-billion from the Post Office's tight budget.

"It would be irresponsible for the Postal Service not to pursue this course," said Postmaster General, Patrick R. Donahoe.

Some people say they won't miss the mail on weekends, while others say the daily walk to the mailbox is what some people look forward to the most - especially for senior citizens.

"I think it's awful. Some people don't get what they need, like their unemployment check or whatever, and they need that because they have to live too," said JoAnn Heupel. "I think they're trying to just cut most of the government things out, and the elderly really needs that."

"It makes me feel better they'll be open on Saturdays because for people that work, it's the only day they can get there," said Rosalyn Garner.

The plan to stop Saturday delivery will start on August 5th.  It's being announced six months in advance to give residential and business customers time to plan and adjust.

Postal workers are not allowed to comment on the changes.

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