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Wed., April 10, 2013, 3:26 p.m.

USPS retreats on Saturday mail elimination

U.S. Postal Service carrier Nancy Schmidt walks along Ninth Street in Rapid City, S.D. on Tuesday afternoon, April 9, 2013. An early spring storm walloped South Dakota early Tuesday with rain, thunder, heavy snow and strong winds, and cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses. (Chris Huber / Rapid City Journal)
U.S. Postal Service carrier Nancy Schmidt walks along Ninth Street in Rapid City, S.D. on Tuesday afternoon, April 9, 2013. An early spring storm walloped South Dakota early Tuesday with rain, thunder, heavy snow and strong winds, and cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses. (Chris Huber / Rapid City Journal)

U.S. Postal Service carrier Nancy Schmidt walks along Ninth Street in Rapid City, S.D. on Tuesday afternoon, April 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery because Congress barred it, officials said today.

But its governing board said it’s not possible for the financially ailing agency to meet cost-cutting goals without altering its delivery schedule. Delaying “responsible changes,” the board said, only makes it more likely that the Postal Service “may become a burden” to taxpayers.

The Postal Service said in February that it planned to switch to five-day-a-week deliveries beginning in August for everything except packages as a way to hold down losses.But that announcement was a gamble. The agency essentially was asking Congress to drop from spending legislation the longtime ban on five-day-only delivery.

Should Congress drop the ban on five-day-only delivery?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.