Ending Saturday mail will hurt some, help others

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CENTENNIAL - Customers spent all day Wednesday talking about the US Postal Service announcement that Saturday mail delivery is ending.

At Heritage Cards and Gifts in Englewood, reaction has been mostly positive or neutral. The quaint shop has a contract post office in the back.

Owner Patti Masseran is in favor of whatever keeps the post office alive.

"It's going to keep going somehow with people communicating and keeping in touch," Masseran said.

Marlene Fontana stopped in to drop some valentines in the mail to her grandkids in college.

She uses the postal service a lot and doesn't have a problem with the change.

"I see no reason for us to have Saturday delivery, if that will help the postal service save some money," Fontana said.

The post office says it will save $2 billion a year. That's only a fraction of the $16 billion it lost last year, but a good start according to the postmaster general.

In Denver, you'll find a Rabbi who begs to differ. Saturday is Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. But is it a day of rest for the post office?

"Maybe they've become Sabbath observant and they've been inspired," joked Rabbi Hillel Goldberg. "Don't think so."

Golberg edits the Intermountain Jewish News, a weekly paper that goes out by mail.

Many Jewish people avoid technology on Saturdays, so they like to get a physical paper. That's why the Jewish News has come out on Fridays for almost a hundred years.

This week's edition goes deeper on a story Jewish people care about-- the trip to Israel just scheduled by President Obama.

It'll be harder to write stories like that without Saturday delivery.

The Jewish News goes to print on Wednesday nights so it can be mailed out Thursdays. With the change to the postal service, it may have to publish a day earlier to ensure readers get the paper before Shabbat.

Like the postmaster, the Rabbi says his business has had to adapt to survive, but only to a point.

"We're not cutting our services to readers, he shouldn't be cutting his services to the citizenry," Goldberg said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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