Local residents OK with plan to go to 5 days per week
By David Sharos For The Beacon-News February 6, 2013 4:20PM
A U.S. Postal carrier makes his rounds Wednesday in West Dundee. February 6, 2013 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 8, 2013 7:41AM
Local reaction to the announcement regarding changes in the U.S. Postal Service varied from those who said cuts were predictable to others who felt it would have no discernible impact on their lives.
In Aurora, local resident Tom Carter called the change “inevitable” and said the postal service “priced itself out of the market.”
“People aren’t sending as many things through the mail anymore given the electronic options and others have turned to email whether they wanted to or not because of the cost,” he said. “With documents that can be 20 or 25 pages, no one is going to pay the postage for that. The post office would be better off if it started using some more of the technology that’s out there.”
Bryan Venegas, a college student who lives in Aurora, said kids his age “sometimes need to get mail without delays” but that he doubted the proposed changes would affect him long term.
“There are times we need to get things on a Saturday, but over the course of my lifetime, this isn’t going to make much of a difference,” he said.
Still others like Vivien Wallis of Montgomery, who visited the Aurora Post Office at 525 N. Broadway on Wednesday afternoon, spoke whimsically about the old days and admitted that she “doesn’t like change.”
“Before when my husband’s paycheck came in the mail or the Social Security checks, something like Saturday mail would matter, but with direct deposit and so forth, it probably doesn’t make a difference,” Wallis said. “But for me, basically I don’t like change. I like to write the check, put it in an envelope, and mail it. It’s kind of like a cell phone. I refuse to get one. I guess I’m just old school.”