Retiree distressed about decision to eliminate Saturday mail delivery

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Stroehmann Bakeries Inc. retiree John Barlet is not at all happy with the direction the U.S. Postal Service is going.

First there were the steps taken in January to begin the process of shutting down mail a processing facility on Reach Road.

Then came the announcement last month that Saturday mail delivery will be discontinued in August. Both moves, post officials said, are designed to save money.

“I can’t believe they are going to waste two days to send mail down to Harrisburg for something that you want to send just across town. To go down there and back in two days? That’s ridiculous,” Barlet said.

With the closing of the processing center, all Williamsport regional mail first goes to Harrisburg.

“And now, not working on Saturdays? I believe that is totally wrong. They need all that they got. They should keep everything the same,” said Barlet, who retired in 2011 after 38 years at the former Stroehmann’s plant on Lycoming Creek Road. “I think they are treating the people on Reach Road wrong,” Barlet, who has three children and four grandchildren, said.

“At Reach Road, their percentage of getting the mail out on time was better than it will ever be in Harrisburg. Look at the figures, and figures don’t lie,” Barlet said. Barlet believes canceling Saturday mail delivery is bad idea.

“How could it be better?” he asked. “For people who need to get their mail on Saturday, now they are going to do away with that, plus it’s going to take at least two days for mail to reach across town. I really don’t understand their reasoning … I get mail on Saturdays. I sometimes get checks (from investments), and now that is going to be pushed back,” Barlet said.

“How does the postal service think they’re saving money,” he asked.