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The USPS will end a 150-year Saturday letter delivery tradition in August

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While we could easily write about Marc Jacobs being the new Creative Director for Diet Coke (and swoon over his gorgeous pictures as he chugs his new beverage of choice), there are more serious matters at hand – ahem, the US Postal Service will end Saturday letter deliveries in August, after continuing the weekend service for more than 150 years.

Such is the setback of an Internet age in which written letters take a backseat to emails and online gift cards. And gone are the days in which the idea that the US Postal Service isn't making any money is shocking. The service has been infamously losing money since before the economy went south, and their numbers have perhaps been hit the hardest since the economy worsened.

But backing down to only a 5-day service schedule is the latest of multiple cutbacks beginning in 2006 when the Postal Service first cut annual costs by $15 billion. These same cuts resulted in the loss of 193,000 jobs, according to CBS News. There is a positive point for the Postal Service though and perhaps shines a light of the company's future: package delivery has increased 14 percent since 2010.

Though letters have lost out to their electronic versions, partnering with the same e-commerce sites that have caused the Postal Service so much pain can indeed save them. Looking forward, the Postal Service plans on evaluating package delivery services and understanding why so many Americans have gone to private services over the USPS option.

Of course, as a United States entity, the USPS is not technically allowed to reduce their service until Congress changes the law. However, President Obama has called for a 5-day service change in his 2013 budget and the USPS states that they think they have "figured out a way around the law." Sounds legit, right?

In the end, looks like the destroyer is a viable possibility to serve as savior. All hail the Internet.

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