ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The possible demise of Saturday mail delivery cast a shadow over the National Rural Letter Carriers Association’s convention in St. Louis Tuesday.
Keynote speaker, incoming president of the Greeting Card Association, urged “common sense solutions” to solve the Postal Service’s budget crisis.
Among several solutions, Steve Doyal, suggested grouping mailboxes at a centralized point in the community.
But Doyal expressed concern about the possible cut of Saturday delivery.
He says that many businesses rely upon Saturday delivery for receiving payments and predicts that if it is eliminated, many businesses will look to other delivery service providers, even if it means paying more.
Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II echoed Doyal’s concerns.
“There will come a time when I think the postal service will have to modernize, we need a 21st century operation, but that’s not today,” said Cleaver.
“Today we have millions of millions of Americans who are not going to stop and check their emails.”
Cleaver told the crowd of about 3,000 that Congress doesn’t have the votes to get rid of Saturday mail.