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US Postal Service announces drastic cuts

December 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
There's more bad news for the U.S. Postal Service. More major cuts were announced on Monday, and it slows first-class delivery for the first time in 40 years.

The U.S. Postal Service will no longer offer the delivery of next-day, first-class mail. The change will take effect next spring.

"We are going to modify the overnight, first-class mail standard," said David Williams from the USPS. "Mail that is dropped in a blue collection box will no longer receive an overnight service standard."

Usually first-class mail is delivered to homes and businesses throughout the country in one to three days. That will now be lengthened to two to three days, according to industry officials.

About 100,000 postal jobs have been eliminated as a result of closures around the country due to budget cuts.

The news of the change is not easy for some who rely on next-day mail delivery.

"It's hard you know because sometimes we have to pay our bills," said local resident Alfredo Caro. "Sometimes there are emergencies from one day to the other. If this happens, what can we do?"

It is the first time in 40 years they are eliminating the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.

The estimated $3 billion in reductions are part of a wide-range effort by the postal service to avoid bankruptcy.

They have already announced a one-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail, set to begin in January.

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