Postal Service changes

Postal carrier Dennis Schultz delivers along his route on Main Street in Bel AIr Thursday afternoon. The Postal Service plans to drop Saturday delivery of first-class mail beginning the first week of August. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / February 6, 2013)

Many business owners interviewed along Bel Air's Main Street this week said they had no problem with the U.S. Postal Service's plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery to homes and businesses, some going so far to say the move makes sense for the postal service.

Similar sentiments were expressed by people in downtown Havre de Grace, with most saying they won't mourn the passage of Saturday mail.

"I think it's a good idea," Mel Machovec, owner of StaleFish Board Company, said Wednesday. "Why not give them [employees] Saturdays off?"

"I just think it's kind of ridiculous. How important is that one piece of mail?" he asked. 

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Machovec said he was not surprised by the move, with so many people using e-mail, rather than the traditional postal system, often called "snail mail" in the contemporary idiom.

"Mail is definitely getting to be a really limited thing," Machovec said, noting many printed items in general are disappearing. 

"When the guy comes in with the Yellow Pages, I'm like, 'Dude, save a tree, just take it back,'" he said.

Karen Jacobs, at Tiny Toes children's boutique, said most of her larger shipments are made by FedEx and UPS, anyway.

She was far from surprised by the post office's decision, adding she was "maybe more surprised that they actually, finally did it, rather than kick the can forward."

"I think it's the reality of the times we live in, where more and more [business] is conducted electronically," Jacobs said. "The world operates with a higher sense of urgency and they haven't been making the money that they need."

Jacobs did say she might miss Saturday mail a bit.

"In some ways, I might miss getting a fun magazine to read on the weekend," she said. 

Making adjustments

Angelo Monico, who runs Towne Barbers in Bel Air, said he would not be affected at all.

"It really doesn't bother me too much," he said, adding that having mail delivery six days a week is a lot.

"You just have to make adjustments," he said about doing business and processing mail.

David Towson, of Bel Air, said he heard the postal service would still deliver packages on Saturdays.

"I don't think I would have a terrific impact from it," Towson said of the change. "They have to do something."

"For package delivery, [the postal service] is still the best deal in town," he said.

One business owner, however, thought the move was a poor financial decision.