First, I would like to thank the Mascoutah postmaster and the two postal workers who helped me to retrieve the five envelopes I had dropped into the drop box recently. I had discovered that I placed the wrong letter in the wrong envelope. They jumped right in and saved the day for me.
It’s rewarding to find employees and their supervisor willing to go the extra mile. I thank them again.
While I’m talking about the U.S. Postal Service, I hear a lot of negative talk about the system, from the cost of and need for the system.
Take the cost of 49 cents per 1/2 ounce. letter; that’s not a lot to pay for a letter to any place in our country and that only the recipient can read. In 1849 this same letter would cost $2 per 1/2 ounce from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., and would take 30 days and nights to get there.
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We need to keep the Postal Service. It’s a needed service and it’s the only private means of public communication that we have left. If it’s necessary to shorten the week, take Monday off. More people are home on Saturday to receive mail.
Silicon Valley’s system should only be an option, not the only way; we are putting too many eggs in one basket.
James E. Saffel Sr.