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Local letter carriers: "Keep Saturday delivery"

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By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com

The U.S. Postmaster General wants to end Saturday mail delivery in an attempt to save $2 billion dollars. On Sunday, local letter carriers rallied to keep the current six-day schedule.

It was a mix of car horns and cheers supporting one simple message, "Don't dismantle our postal service." 
 
"To think about eliminating a day of service is crazy, it's crazy! that's not service!" said letter carrier Bryan Spale.

Come August 5th, it could become a reality. The U.S. Postmaster General wants to eliminate Saturday mail delivery in an effort to save some $2 billion dollars.

Facing financial woes, the postal service lost $16 billion dollars last year alone. But these local letter carriers are determined to live up to this newly coined motto, "Snow, sleet, rain and Saturday."
 
"It's a hard work, blue collar, everyday work and in my household, both of us are letter carriers, so this is our life," said Larrissa Parde.

If nothing changes, many lives could drastically change. Many letter carriers say that if Saturday delivery were eliminated, a sixth of the postal workforce would be cut. Here in Lincoln, that means about 20 jobs.

"Out of the five guys I work with, one of them would be gone," said Spale.

These carriers say they help connect rural communities, keep an eye on the elderly and ensure important deliveries.

It's their hope, and Mayor Chris Beutler's, too, that you'll reach out to congress and voice your opinion.
 
"And you can hold on to the six-day delivery system," Beutler said to a cheering crowd.
 
Some carriers suggest the service can save money in other way, such as how pensions are funded. However, some public polls suggest that many favor eliminating Saturday delivery services.

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