Letters to the Editor

Whatever the cost, improve mail delivery

I have a little different perspective on mail delivery than that expressed by Lawrence Siminiski in his Nov. 26 letter to the editor. While he would reduce the cost of first-class letters back to 42 cents and accept delivery three days a week, I would gladly pay more just to get delivery before 8 p.m.

For the past two years, I have watched a steady decline in timely delivery and complained repeatedly to the local postmistress. Her response is that, except under very unusual circumstances, the carriers are always back in the office by 5:30 p.m. Yet night after night I have to drive down to the mailbox around 8 p.m. because it was empty at 6 p.m.

No hint at solving the problem except to suggest that we get a mailbox in town. But besides there being none available of sufficient size, that would simply impose even more pick-up inconvenience.

So I suggest that the cost of first-class mail be doubled and charges to those who mail junk be tripled. That should put the Post Office in the black so they can hire enough carriers to accomplish timely deliveries.

Jay Hupp, Shelton