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Wednesday, March 3, 2021


What's up USPS

Jan 19, 2021

To the editor:
I remember when the mail got to you within a few days, do you? Then came ‘mail 7 days in advance of due date'.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”. Too bad it's not official.
Of course the HUGE delays in the mail are being blamed on the virus. The virus hit by March and the mail was ok until December and then delivery became a ‘Slow boat to China'. Nine months to disrupt the mail service while there's less mail due to direct deposit, automatic payments, e-mail and other electronic advances.
Some of my recent experiences; mailed letter to Florida 7 weeks ago, delivery still pending; December 14th mailed to Arizona, came back ‘vacant' 3 weeks and 2 days later while family lives there; mail from Kentucky postmarked 12-14 arrived 14 days later and important papers sent out Nov 30 still hasn't arrived from a business.
The NYS Worker's Compensation Board release (01-06-21): ‘Due to potential delays in USPS mail delivery, attorneys and payers may not receive hearing notices and decisions in a timely fashion. Register to receive these in your e-mail.' Potential is an understatement!
The post office is a Constitutionally created system. Bloomberg News report - The postal service says ‘there's no Constitutional Right to timely mail'! So what do they suggest to do for timely, spend extra on Priority or Next Day services? No answer yet.
What about time-sensitive mail, checks or important papers that are needed timely like credit card payments? This being outside of all the mail that is lost/never-gets-delivered that the Postal Service admits happens but don't know the quantity!
The riders of the Pony Express must be rolling in their graves.
Local deliveries are affected by this national problem.

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington

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