By John Hubbuch
This is getting ridiculous. Some facts: The 900 block of South Euclid received no mail delivery on Saturday, Jan. 4; Monday, Jan. 6; Tuesday, Jan. 7; Wednesday, Jan. 8; and Thursday, Jan. 9. A trickle of mail was received on Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11. But sad to say, no mail was received Monday, despite snow-free sidewalks and a sunny 46-degree day.
In addition, I have not received Netflix DVDs, mailed Jan. 4 and 5, Blue Cross Blue Shield mailings and lots of other mail. Just where all this week-old mail might be is anybody's guess. I have tried to call the post office, but they are not receiving calls. Two trips to the post office have resulted in rummaging in the back and production of a pizza coupon or two, and the cryptic "short staff" response.
Some have expressed the notion of "what's the big deal?" Most of them have mail service. Some have pointed out the terrible cold and snow, but that was a long time ago. Even New Orleans eventually returned to normal. The Wednesday Journal reported that the post office said mail service would be back to normal on Thursday. Not true unless there is a new normal. I understand there is a move to eliminate Saturday delivery, but what about the rest of the week?
My Chicago Tribune was delivered every day. Glen Ellyn's mail was delivered. I have lived here since 1976. Prior to this six-day-and-counting interruption, I only remember one or two days total when there was no mail delivery. By any comparative metric, the south Oak Park Post Office is a failure.
Forget about the postman ringing twice. Once would be great. Finally, just where is all that undelivered mail? I'd be happy to rummage around for it, if someone over there would just tell me where to look.
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