Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of night can slow down mail deliveries. For that, it takes a budget crisis.
The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday it will be closing 252 mail processing centers and no longer be aiming to deliver first-class mail within 24 hours.
The change is part of a $3 billion service reduction the agency will be instituting in the spring aimed at averting bankruptcy.
First-class mail has long been the bread and butter for the USPS, covering 40 percent of its expenses.
But the reality is the volume of first-class mail has been declining for a decade as more people use email or computer bill-pay services.
The plan will lead to the elimination of roughly 28,000 jobs nationwide.