Saturday Delivery Postal Cutback Reaction

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, February 6 2013 at 2:21 PM, Updated: Wed, February 6 2013 at 2:31 PM

People in Klamath Falls have mixed feelings about the potential switch to 5-day home mail delivery.

Some of the people we spoke with today say they're okay with ending Saturday home mail delivery...

Barbara Dillon:  "It doesn't really bother me.  We get mail five days a week - as long as we get that mail."

Pat Cornell:  "Well, I guess if it helps the Post Office save money, I guess that's what we need to do."

Robert Mayfield:  "And if it saves a lot of money and keeps people working, that's fine too."

Others say they'll miss having six days of delivery.

Verne Lousignont:  "Of course, I'm used to Saturday delivery.  It's kind of just, they, you kind of wait for the footsteps to come up on the porch...and the mailbox open."

Lionel Swindler:  "Well, I believe it's a bad idea.  But, I can see for expense reasons why it costs so much money...But I believe they should have some way of delivering it on a Saturday."

Others question the need for the cutback.

Mike Hernandez:  "So it's because, they need to do away with the workers, or what?"

Under a plan announced today, Saturday home delivery could end in August.

Some old-timers remember the 'Saturday Evening Post', and when twice-a-day mail deliveries were phased out in their towns in the late 50's and early 60's.

The U.S. isn't the only country considering cutbacks in postal service...

New Zealand is taking a serious look at cutting back their home deliveries to just 3 days a week.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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