Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Mail service is one of those things we have all come to rely on as almost a given, at least in the United States of America. Remember the U.S. Postal Service’s mantra: “Come rain, sleet or snow…” blah blah blah and all that? Well, forget all that. As postal rates continue to increase, service seems to only be going down.
I have been getting mail since I was a child, and even in college we had mailboxes and reliable service. I have never had this happen before where there literally was no mail service for three straight mailing days. Now, I get that sometimes a day or even two go by without any mail, although that’s a rarity anymore with the onslaught of “junk mail” (unsolicited promotional materials by mail). But we Americans expect that we will be able to send and receive “snail mail” at work and home Monday through Saturday without ceasing.
For three straight mailing days at the end of last week and the beginning of this week — the last being my birthday when people were trying to send me greeting cards —neither us nor I’m assuming anyone else in our neighborhood (I could tell by the oversize package delivery boxes still having their blue ID-tagged keys sticking in them from Thursday) had any mail service in our home boxes.
I guess federal supersedes state, but it might be news to the city government folks to learn that my neighborhood, which is squarely within the city limits, is considered “rural” by the post office.
Then today when I needed to mail something by 5 p.m. and my www.stamps.com program wasn’t connecting for some reason, I went to the post office at about 10 'til, only to learn that they no longer have window service until 5 p.m. Now the cutoff is 4:30 p.m., although the mail is picked up in the boxes (inside and out) at 5 p.m. Hmmm…. So I had to use the extremely slow, extremely cumbersome computer kiosk to send my mail pieces.