Perspective on the USPS decision from a small town of letter carriers

Nalcrest, letter carriers' retirement community

NALCREST, Fla. -- Hidden off of the not-so-beaten path of State Road 60 in Central Florida is a small town with a unique perspective on the United States Postal Service decision to stop the delivery of first class mail on Saturdays.

Nalcrest, a town of several hundred people midway between Tampa and Vero Beach, was founded by letter carriers as a retirement community in the 1960s.

Hours after the USPS announcement, retired letter carriers said the decision would hurt the public.

"It's to the detriment of the public. More and more people [who] are only going to get mail five days a week now are going to go to the Internet and whatever else becomes available in future years," said Tom Mullan, a retired letter carrier and Nalcrest resident.

Bill Lafrana said he expected service would be compromised.

"All I ever had to do was deliver the mail. And, the postal philosophy then was, deliver it right the first time," he said. "We've lost a lot of that ."

John Buffer agreed.

"It's always the public that loses. Not the mailman or, letter carrier I should say, but the patrons who are out there that we serve. They are the ones who lose on this," he said.

Near the Nalcrest town square, Lois Pelletier said the shift to a five-day mail delivery would impact more people than some people expected.

"How can you pay your bills on time if the mail isn't going through the way it used to?," she asked. "You don't get it the right way. And, you can't send it the right way."

If any place in America knows what's at stake -- this may be it.

A slice of Americana.

And so much passion.

Off the not-so-beaten path of State Road 60, consensus.

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