Maybe there's a swamp at the post office to drain too

Posted 1/25/18

Maybe there's a swamp at

the post office to drain too

I was prompted to write regarding the U.S. Postal Service when I read Mr. Duhon's letter to the editor in Tuesday's paper.

We live in the Wintergreen Subdivision and have had terrible …

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Maybe there's a swamp at the post office to drain too

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I was prompted to write regarding the U.S. Postal Service when I read Mr. Duhon's letter to the editor in Tuesday's paper.

We live in the Wintergreen Subdivision and have had terrible service from the Shaw Post Office for about the past four months.

The first sign was when I came home and there was mail scattered all over my front lawn (it was thrown in the box so hard that it came out the other end). I called the postmaster, and he said that the carrier had a doctor's appointment and must have been in a hurry.

We have lived here for nine years, and there has never been a day, until about four months ago, when we didn't receive a bill, magazine or catalog.

I know we're not getting regular service because I leave mail in my box with the red flag up for pickup, and if they are delivering, they would see the flag and pick it up. Additionally, on two separate days this week alone we received mail that belonged to someone from Manning and someone from Sumter.

Delivery was worse in December. I called the postmaster again and was told that since it was Christmas, their volume was up and they couldn't force the carriers to deliver after dark because they might hit someone. REALLY?

I wouldn't want to work at the post office in December, but isn't that their job, and shouldn't they be prepared for it?

Although I know there are many dedicated, hardworking carriers, it's very frustrating when something you depend on like the U.S. Postal Service just doesn't regularly deliver and they hold the monopoly on mail service.

Whatever happened to their slogan, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds?" I don't know if the problem is the carriers or management, but maybe there's a swamp at the post office that needs to be drained, too.

COLLEEN HAKOLA

Sumter