The U.S. Postal Service is considering ending Saturday mail delivery in order to save money. While it’s easy to ignore Saturday mail in cities, advocates for rural residents (and rural newspaper publishers) say Saturday delivery is vital.

The Rural Blog has highlights from Al Cross‘s recent testimony to the Postal Regulatory Commission:

Cross testified that rural Americans rely more heavily on the Postal Service than their urban counterparts as they are presented with fewer and often more expensive options for private mail carriers. Rural residents tend to be older and more likely to rely on the Postal Service for delivery of maitenance medications. Rural post offices provide services that are often only accessible for rural residents on Saturdays, Cross added. Many rural newspapers depend on the Postal Service for Saturday delivery, but even those that deliver on Thursdays and Fridays could be hurt as subsribers farther away might not receive newspapers until Monday or Tuesday in the event of a holiday.