Letter to the Editor: Thing of the past
BY Nick Aston, Jenks
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
2/27/13 at 7:19 AM
The U.S. Postal Service recently announced that after Aug. 1 it no longer will deliver mail on Saturdays. What's next? Will our trash be picked up only once a month?
I realize agencies have to cut corners, but there's got to be a limit when it comes to providing services to their customers, the people for whom they exist.
I recall mail being delivered twice a day, mornings and afternoons. Oh sure, that was years ago, but my point is the erosion of services. Not only has the cost of stamps increased over the years, as most things have, but those increases seem to be coming more often. No doubt, the next increase will have us paying 50 cents for a first-class stamp.
No wonder many of us have switched to other means of exchanging messages. Many of us use email extensively. Some use texting and others use social media. These are all instantaneous forms of communication. The U.S. Postal Service had to see the technology change coming. Mail boxes seem to be receptacles primarily for junk mail these days.
The Postal Service replaced Pony Express mail delivery more than 100 years ago. Digital technology has been gradually replacing the Post Office.
But, until the U.S. Postal Service completely disappears, I'll continue to enjoy waving at the mail person and reaching into the mailbox for whatever happens to arrive that day. Then, I will go check my email.
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