US Postal Service may end door-to-door delivery

Posted by Jessi Turnure

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Traditional door-to-door delivery for your mail could soon end.

A new bill in the House of Representatives would require everyone to receive their mail from a curbside or cluster box.

According to CNN, the bill is expected to save the Postal Service about $5 billion a year, which is more than it would have saved if it ended Saturday mail service.

Both renters and homeowners in Region 8 said they do not welcome this change.

"I don't trust it. I just don't," renter Raygine Robinson said.

Robinson said she rents an apartment in Lakewood and does not like her current group setup. "People can still get into your mailbox, if they really tried to and wanted to. They could break into your mailbox and get your mail."

"For me, it's very inconvenient," Brookland resident and homeowner said.

He did not want to give his name. He said he likes his current individual setup. "Just go out to the end of the driveway to my mailbox rather than go down to the end of the street to get it."

He also said this new method would be very inconvenient for people who are elderly or disabled. "They may be confined to their homes and they're gonna have to have someone go and get their mail each time and bring it to them."

Thirty-five million residences and businesses currently get mail delivered to their doorstep. Robinson said it should stay that way. "We should have personal mailboxes to give us a little privacy with our mail and you don't have to worry about, 'why does my mailbox look like this?' and 'who was up in here doing this?' and have a whole could just have a little single one in front of your house and not have to worry about it."

It costs the postal service about $353 for one delivery stop in most cities with salaries, gas costs, etc. But these residents said they would rather the postal service sacrifice than its customers.

"I really say trust over money," Robinson said.

"It may save them some money, but it's gonna be a lot of inconvenience for the individual," Brookland resident said.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., introduced this Postal Reform Act of 2013 July 19. He expects the committee to consider the bill at a full committee business meeting Wednesday.

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