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Viewer questions and answers about USPS changes


The U.S.Postal Services' announcement that the delivery of Saturday mail will be phased out by August raises questions from many.

Nashville's News 2's Facebook friend Cheryl Parker asked whether people who use mail-order pharmacies will be able to get their medications.

USPS spokesman David Walton told Nashville's News 2 by phone that the service is working with pharmaceutical companies to ensure medications arrive on time.

Walton added that since many of those prescriptions come in packages or by Express or Priority Mail, those will still be delivered on Saturdays.

Nashville News 2 viewer Laura Palmer Clark wanted to know whether post offices would still be open on Saturdays.

Officials said post offices that are currently open on Saturdadys will continue to be open when the new schedule goes into effect in August.

Facebook friend Billy Taylor wanted to know what took Congress so long.

According to Walton, Congress had nothing to do with the decision.

"The postal service can make changes to maintain financial stability," Walton explained.

The move comes a little over a year after the postal service began looking for ways to save money.

Their first move was to close small post offices. One post office in Middle Tennessee was closed last year.

Facebook friend Kimberly Messer wanted to know how many people will lose their jobs after the change.

Walton said there are no numbers, but the postal service is working with labor associations to minimize the impact.

Following Wednesday's announcement, greeting card companies have already complained about the new schedule.

Also anyone who gets magazines or newspapers delivered by mail may have to wait until Monday, while Netflix subscribers who get their weekend movies on Saturday will either get them a day early or two days late.

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