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February 7, 2013

Locals deliver reactions to cutback in mail service

U.S. Postal Service says it plans to halt Saturday mail service in August

By BRIAN SMITH

Local reaction to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement Wednesday that in August it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays seemed to fall along age lines.

Cindy Calhoun, of Weatherford, has had a P.O. box at the Weatherford post office for almost 15 years. She said she knew nothing about the impending cutbacks, but said she was “not surprised.”

“As long as I’ve got my P.O. box and the mail still comes there, I’m happy,” Calhoun said. “Everyone is trying to save a buck these days.”

The change involves standard mail deliveries on Saturday. The postal service said it will still make parcel mail deliveries.

David Norman, of Granbury, who was at the Santa Fe postal facility Wednesday to send a package, said he was concerned about the cutbacks.

“I don’t want to pay extra for a P.O. box just so I can get my mail six days a week,” Norman said. “I guess it’s a sign of the times.”

Weatherford College student Mike Timlin said the cuts wouldn’t affect him one bit.

“Does anyone really even mail anything anymore?” Timlin said. “I’m here to get my mom some stamps, but you can get those at any grocery store. If I need a package, I can send it UPS.”

His friend Dayna Tibbetts says she goes to the post office about once a week to “pick up something.” She says she mainly uses the post office to mail packages to her brother Stephen, who is serving in Afghanistan.

“As far as mail, though, I either communicate via e-mail or on Facebook,” Tibbetts said, while texting in the post office parking lot. “Now if you were taking away my phone, I’d be hurting.”

Weatherford post office officials referred all questions to a media representative out of Austin.

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