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Many who grew up with snail mail ready to let go

  • U.S. Postal Service letter carrier of 12 years, Jamesa Euler, encounters a barking a dog while delivering mail in the Cabbagetown neighborhood, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service wants to stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion a year. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

SEAL BEACH — The death of Saturday mail delivery would seem to have the biggest impact in places such as Leisure World, where residents — many in their 80s and 90s — grew up with the mailbox as their connection to the rest of the world.

But many people just don't care in the Southern California community where life slowly revolves around golf, card games and splashing in a heated pool.

Now there's email for letter-writing and Facebook for keeping in touch with friends and relatives. And there's snail mail for ... Well, for what, really?

"All we get anymore are bills," laughed Leisure World resident Albert Rodriguez, 83, a retired bus driver whose wife Gladys quickly corrected him.

"We also get junk mail," she added with a smile as she pushed the couple's groceries in a cart.


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