Now postal workers join customers in complaints

April 11, 1994|By ROGER SIMON

Letters, calls and the roar of the crowd: Bill Carlin, Ellicott City: During the recent snowstorms, our Sun was delivered every day, but we went two or three days without mail.

The Sun box and the postal box are on the same pole.

The Sun person's name is Jack Mabe and he is in his 70s.

The postal person is a woman in her early 30s.

He can make it and she can't.

The Sunpapers can deliver and the post office can't. And now they want more money. It's pathetic.

COMMENT: Aww, quit your beefing. You got your mail didn't you? That's more than the people in Chicago got. In Chicago, they burn the mail.

That's right. A few weeks ago, 200 pounds of mail was found burning on the city's South Side. A postal worker has been charged in the incident.

On the same day, 20,000 pieces of mail, some dating back to 1979, were found in a trash can on the city's Southwest Side. According to authorities, a retired postal service employee dumped it because he hadn't delivered it.

Another 40,000 pieces, some 2 months old, were found sitting in the back of a postal truck.

You didn't get mail for two or three days? Be grateful you got it at all.

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E.P.E, Postal Service: I applaud your reply to Mr. Rudez of the Postal Service. As a postal employee, I can tell you that "logic" does not influence the Postal Service.

My office is severely understaffed. Some day we'll let first class mail be delayed so we can work on 1-week-old third-class letters.

Priority mail intended for Saturday delivery can sit until Monday afternoon before someone will sort it for Tuesday delivery.

Is it any wonder people opt for Federal Express?

If they would deep-six the new logo and hire more people to cut down on the overtime and double-time, they might be able to eliminate that $1.3 billion deficit.

But that would take more intelligence than the Postal Service has.

COMMENT: In years past, when I criticized the Postal Service I would get letters from postal employees and their unions telling me how they delivered 171.1 billion pieces of mail a year and how their surveys indicate that 89 percent of the households rate the Postal Service performance as good or better.

Now, however, I hear from postal employees telling me how fed up they are with their jobs.

Which is probably why 34 postal workers have been killed and 26 wounded by their fellow postal workers since 1980.

Five of the 18 postal workers who launched the attacks committed suicide.

Some people think they did so to avoid jail. I think they may have done so to avoid going back to work at the post office.

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Coleman L. Romine, Towson: [Copy of Letter to Richard W. Rudez, District Manager, Customer Services and Sales, Baltimore District, United States Postal Service.]

Your correspondence with Mr. Roger Simon has prompted this letter relating to a birthday card I almost did not receive recently.

The card is a standard 6-inch by 8-inch birthday greeting. It was mailed from Reno, Nev., on Feb. 16 to be here in Towson for my birthday on Feb. 22.

On March 2, my wife accidentally found inserted in a newspaper a yellow notice stating that an attempt had been made to deliver a letter on March 1.

We were home all day on March 1. The notice stated that 23 cents was due.

I went to the Eudowood post office on March 2 and gave the yellow notice to a postal worker. I fully expected the letter to have no stamp, or possibly a 6-cent stamp.

To my surprise it had a 29-cent stamp stuck to the upper right corner.

Having mailed numerous greeting cards, both larger and smaller, for 29 cents, please explain why 23 cents was due on the card that took 12 days to come from Reno?

COMMENT: You think that's bad? My birthday was two weeks ago and I haven't gotten a single birthday card.

And I know it must be the fault of the Postal Service and not the fault of my ex-friends and ungrateful relatives, whom I am never speaking to again.

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