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By Andrew Edwards, Greg Mellen and Muhammed El-Hasan, Staff Writers
Posted: 02/06/2013 07:37:25 PM PST
Updated: 02/06/2013 09:21:18 PM PST

The U.S. Postal Service – burdened with a staggering amount of debt and obligations as well as the fact that fewer letters are mailed every year – will force millions of Americans to change their habits by canceling Saturday mail service.

Wednesday’s announcement was a blow for those who still rely upon old-fashioned mail for critical correspondence or payments that still arrive in the form of a check.

At the branch post office in Old Torrance on Wednesday, Angelo Galvez was not happy to hear of the planned postal cutbacks. Galvez works for a Carson business that retrieves medical records for life insurance companies.

“This is going to cause delays for the life insurers. They want to get those records as soon as possible,” Galvez said. “It could be an inconvenience for the applicants.”

Despite the fact that banks and many other companies encourage online bill payments and the long-established trend of email replacing paper mail, one less day of mail service may be a problem for consumers and business owners.

Businesses and consumers have until the week of Aug. 5 to prepare for the Postal Service to put an end to Saturday mail deliveries. The service is set to continue Saturday deliveries of parcels.

The Claremont Courier, a community newspaper, is one enterprise that must change its plans. The Courier has historically mailed its newspapers to subscribers on Wednesdays and Saturdays but will switch to a weekly format that publishes on Fridays as of March.

“The Courier will reinvest the print savings into a larger paper, with better newsprint, more color and stories. Our website is already updated daily, so we feel this will help bring our readers news in a timely fashion,” publisher Peter Weinberger said.

What may prove a serious inconvenience for business owners may be close to a matter of survival for the U.S. Postal Service. The service, in various forms, has been a part of American history.

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