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Proposal would end postal service door to door delivery

Some house republicans are in favor of using mailbox clusters for entire neighborhoods so mail carriers can save time, gas, and money. Some house republicans are in favor of using mailbox clusters for entire neighborhoods so mail carriers can save time, gas, and money.
The plan would save an estimated $4.5 billion per year. The plan would save an estimated $4.5 billion per year.
Rigdon said he understands the point of saving money, but he said it can't be done at the expense of the disabled. Rigdon said he understands the point of saving money, but he said it can't be done at the expense of the disabled.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

More proposed cuts for the postal service would end door to door delivery.

The plan would save money, but some say it would harm the elderly and disabled.

Some house republicans are in favor of using mailbox clusters for entire neighborhoods so mail carriers can save time, gas, and money.

The plan would save an estimated $4.5 billion per year.

"Where is that mail box? How accessible will it be to me? Will I be able to get my mail on a regular basis? Or will I need help to do that?" asked Mathew Rigdon with SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence.

Rigdon said he understands the point of saving money, but he said it can't be done at the expense of the disabled.

"The post office needs to save cost and be as efficient as possible," he said. "But I definitely think they should consider all of these issues for all of these individuals when they're looking at changing services like this."

The proposal in Congress didn't detail how far away the mailbox clusters could be.

In one Cape Girardeau neighborhood, one home was about four tenths of a mile away from the mailbox.

At other apartment complexes, it was just across the parking lot.

But in both cases, that could be too far for someone with a disability.

"Then there's also the whole factor of weather. It might be fine in the summer, but come winter, you're in a wheelchair, you're trying to get down your driveway and it's icy, it could cause serious problems for them just to get to their mailbox in those situations," Rigdon said.

Ending door to door delivery isn't the only proposal on the table, and it's not a done deal.

There are many options to save money, this being one of them, for a business that lost $16 billion last year.

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