In its latest plan to save money, the U.S. Postal Service said it might just have to “make snail mail slower,” as the Washington Post puts
it. Its latest proposal unveiled Thursday involves shutting down 252
mail processing facilities out of a total of 487, which would involve
eliminating 35,000 positions. The closures would likely mean the end of
overnight delivery for first-class mail as a letter would take two or
three days to be delivered rather than one to three days, notes CNN.
“We are forced to face a new reality today,” Postmaster General
Patrick Donahoe said in a statement. “Maintaining a vast national
infrastructure is no longer realistic.” The closings could save the
Postal Service as much as $3 billion a year as it continues its effort
to cut annual costs by $6.5 million.