• November 24, 2014

Heights reader shares recent bad experiences with U.S. postal system

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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 am

To the Editor:

In my opinion the U.S. postal system is broken.

Recently I sent a pretty hefty check by registered mail to a business in Dallas. It got lost — I mean gone, vanished, disappeared. Moreover, I have been expecting mail from the Defense Finance Office, which was mailed the 18th of March and has yet to arrive. Also we have recently mailed a birthday card to our grandson in California and it took three weeks to get there.

On top of all this, I often get my neighbors’ mail placed in my mailbox, which I immediately take to them. But, what if my mail is incorrectly delivered to my neighbors? Will they take the time to bring it to me? Therefore, I could have had mail intended for me wind up in someone’s trash can.

Then the post office advertises on TV that it pays its own way through the sale of stamps and rates on other mail, saying, “What a good deal their service is at no cost to the taxpayer.” Poppycock! Every year the post office is in the hole for several billion dollars and has to be bailed out by the taxpayer.

Frankly, when I have sensitive mail that must (for sure) get somewhere on time I use UPS or FedEx. Therefore, in my opinion, the solution to our broken postal system is to privatize the U.S. Postal Service.

Retired Col. M.L. Handy

Harker Heights

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