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Residents' reaction to Postal Service planned cuts

Residents and business owners across the country expressed disappointment or concern, or just shrugged off the U.S. Postal Service's announcement Wednesday that it was doing away with Saturday mail deliveries except for packages.

Some reactions:

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"It is bad news, a bad decision, let me tell you. You can read the mail much more quietly on Saturday. I get news from my bank. I can plan for next week. If I need to pay my bills I have more time to do it." — Konstantine Christov, 73, while riding the El train in Chicago.

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"I understand it's necessary for the financial situation, but it's unfortunate historically." — Jocelyn Olson, 37, a research evaluation consultant who was mailing a package at the downtown post office in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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"Whether or not I get it on Saturday or not doesn't matter to me." — Les Kruse, 61, an insurance agent in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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"I don't think the Saturday delivery will make a big difference. I really don't. And I heard this morning, somebody made a comment, they'll be less people sending mail because of no Saturday deliveries. I don't believe that either. — Pinchas Schechter of Miami Beach, Fla.

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"If we stop the Saturday delivery, then we will be waiting until Monday, Tuesday, so I think it's important we still have that extra day." — Vicky Tenenbaum of Miami Beach, Fla.

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"Personally, from a business aspect it's good that we get stuff on Saturday. ... That way, we already have it here on Monday morning. So if it's urgent matter we can take care of it, rather than having to wait until the afternoon to receive, you know, checks and paperwork that might need to go out." — Natasha Torres, who operates a home-based business in Miami Beach, Fla.

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"I guess we're going to have to get all of our information from the Internet, so I don't know how that's going to work out. I'll see," Alice Durham, 79, of Evergreen Park, Ill.

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"We're used to getting mail on Saturday and working on it. This is the headquarters for all our DeCicco stores, so we get all that business mail here and sometimes we're waiting on things and now we'll have to wait till Monday. But you try and adapt. ... I'll tell you, though, the customers are pretty upset. We've been hearing them at the (checkout) registers. " — Frank Torres, assistant manager at the DeCicco Food Market in Pelham, N.Y.

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"The mail isn't that important to me anymore. ... I don't sit around waiting for it to come. It's a sign of the times. ... It's not like anyone writes letters anymore." — James Valentine, the owner of an antiques shop in Toledo, Ohio.

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