Some opposed to discontinuing Saturday mail

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A recent poll showed that a large percentage of Americans say they would be relatively unaffected if the Postal Service were to eliminate Saturdays from their deliveries. But some here in East Texas say they need to have their Saturday deliveries, in some cases it could be critical.

"I think its an alright idea because if you get you're paycheck or bill in the mail you can't do anything with it anyway," says one Kilgore native.

In the computer and Internet age, most of us can do business, get paid, and do all of our communicating over e-mail. But some, particularly the retired and elderly, still rely on basic mail and cutting Saturdays could create problems.

"Prescription drugs , the people that rely on prescription drugs coming I can see where that could be an issue," says Nacogdoches native Mike O'Rear.

For some, it's a matter of change, and not needing this change to happen. Cattle ranchers like the Sanches family, don't spend much time on computers.

"What are you going to do when your checks don't come, its not there and won't be until the following Monday? I do get some prescriptions by mail and if there not there Saturday then I have to wait to Monday and I may run out of medication. I have to hope that it gets there," says Overton native Claire Sanches.

No decision has been made yet on whether Saturday mail delivery will be discontinued.

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