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Saturday mail delivery will be missed, Q-C customers say

2013-02-06T16:29:00Z 2013-02-07T16:02:15Z Saturday mail delivery will be missed, Q-C customers sayBrian Wellner The Quad-City Times
February 06, 2013 4:29 pm  • 

Jarvis Rush of Davenport said if mail delivery stopped on Saturday, the effect could be huge on his local trucking business.

That’s the day Rush, who owns Rush Roll Off, a Davenport-based garbage collection service, gets most of his customers’ checks in the mail.

“They should leave it alone,” he said on a visit Wednesday to the busy Davenport Post Office on 2nd Street.

The U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning the week of Aug. 5, a move that could save the financially struggling service $2 billion annually.

Several local business owners interviewed said they opposed the decision. Like Rush, Roger Olderog, who owns Olderog Tire Service in Davenport, said not having mail at his business on Saturday means he will have to delay paying some bills.

“It definitely will affect me,” Olderog said. “The price is going up while the service is going down.”

Some interviewed didn’t see what the fuss was about.

“I don’t think anything is that important that it can’t wait another day,” Donna Phillips of Rock Island said while picking up mail for Great River Dental in Davenport where she works.

“There are worse things that can happen,” Phillips said. “We do without banks after noon on Saturday.”

Mike Fraser of Davenport said not having mail delivered Saturday makes no difference to him.

“I don’t work Saturday, so I don’t get the company mail, and I retire Friday so I don’t care,” Fraser said.

He’s retiring after 39 years working for CHS Inc., a barge loading facility in Buffalo, Iowa, most recently as a plant superintendent.

“I get a lot of junk mail anyway,” he said. “Besides, I hope to be out camping Saturday.”

Terry Legal of Davenport said postal delivery workers deserve the day off.

“They should have it off,” he said. “They’ve been doing such a great job.”

Part of the U.S. Postal Service’s plan is to continue delivering packages six days a week.

Cliff Guffey, president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents more than 200,000 postal employees and retirees, said in a statement Wednesday the decision will weaken the nation’s mail system.

“The USPS has already begun slashing mail service by closing 13,000 post offices or drastically reducing hours of operation, shutting hundreds of mail processing facilities and downgrading standards for mail delivery to America’s homes and businesses,” he said.

The decision will affect newspapers delivered on Saturday, including the 4,200-circulation DeWitt Observer.

“It’s going to cause a little bit of consternation,” the paper’s general manager Mary Rueter said.

She said most Saturday publishers have considered this issue over the past few years and probably have a plan in mind, although she declined to elaborate on what the Observer might do.

“We’re going to have to make some changes,” she said. “We can’t promise a way for our readers to get their paper on Saturday.”

Rueter added the USPS move still has to be approved by Congress.

“We’re not getting too frantic,” she said.

Chuck McDoniel and his wife, Mary Clarke, go back and forth between their homes in Davenport, where they’re originally from, and Dubuque, Iowa, where she has a medical practice. They rely on getting their mail delivered Saturday to run errands on their only free day in the week, he said.

“We get a lot of mail on the weekends,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult.”

McDoniel, who works for Altorfer Inc., a heavy equipment service shop in Davenport, is waiting for his license to become a message therapist. It’s in the mail, he said.

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(8) Comments

  1. ruthiejames95
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    ruthiejames95 - January 08, 2014 12:32 pm
    Interesting article. Thank you for sharing this.
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  2. senor citizen
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    senor citizen - February 07, 2013 3:18 pm
    No more junk mail 'til monday, what a pity!
  3. FromNC
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    FromNC - February 07, 2013 12:22 pm
    Fun thought- if you can't adapt to 5 day a week mail service, maybe the problem is you and not having to wait until Monday to toss your credit card offers.
  4. Hereandhere
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    Hereandhere - February 07, 2013 12:16 pm
    Kramer had the right idea, we should be able to opt out of mail delivery. If the postal service had not announced the end of Saturday delivery, nobody would have noticed!
  5. JS824
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    JS824 - February 07, 2013 8:38 am
    My checks are direct deposited. My bills are paid for online. Most of my letters or photos are sent by phone or facebook. I don't care if the post office shuts down to once a week. As more and more things become electronic, the post office will have to adapt or die. All I hear is people pis sing and moaning about the Post Office losing billions, well here they are trying to do something about it, and all the same people pis s and moan they close on Saturdays. Face the facts, the post office, just like cassette tapes and VCR's are becoming more and more obsolete every day.
  6. lawndurt
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    lawndurt - February 06, 2013 10:08 pm
    No need for school or mail on Saturday.
  7. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - February 06, 2013 9:29 pm
    It will merely accelerate the move towards electronic services. I could care less if the mail doesn't come on Saturday. Big deal.
  8. keepingitreal
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    keepingitreal - February 06, 2013 5:10 pm
    I agree with Mr Rush. The mail is already slow as it is. People need their mail . The mail effects everyone. Steel companys work around the clock 24hours a day, and steel does not effect every one. And during the holidays it will take forever to get mail. Personally, I think the mail should be 7 days a week delivery.
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