Great FallsTribune: Saturday mail delivery back on endangered list

With the U.S. Postal Service only months from running out of money, the end of Saturday mail delivery may be just around the corner.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is asking Congress for the authority to cut service from six to five days a week as part of a long-range plan to rescue an agency struggling to stay afloat — and lawmakers may be ready to grant it.

“I regret to say that we are in a serious financial predicament today,” Donahoe said Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees postal operations.

It would be a dramatic change for a country that, since the 19th century, has grown used to seeing letter carriers come to its doors on Saturdays. But the math is pretty simple for an organization that’s trying to stave off aggressive competitors in an age when the public increasingly relies on electronics and the Internet to keep in touch and pay its bills.

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