At one time, I thought the U.S. Postal Service was the best in the world. You could drop a first-class letter in a mailbox going to a remote village in Alaska, or to a service person on Okinawa and expect the letter to arrive in a reasonable amount of time.

When I was in Vietnam in 1968-69, I received mail and packages from the East Coast usually in seven days.

Now the USPS level of service is unbelievably bad. Bills are received past the “pay by date” involving late charges through no fault of the recipient.

We now use the USPS “tracking software” to track just where our mail is. My wife’s CVS/Caremark prescription order was “accepted” at the Wilkes Barre USPS Facility on Dec. 19. Then it began a real odyssey. On Dec. 22, it rolled around the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, facility. Then, on Dec. 27, it arrived at the District Heights, Maryland, facility. On Dec. 27, we were told: “In Transit, arriving late. Your package will arrive later than expected but is still on its way. It is currently in transit to the next facility.”

Guess what, as of Jan. 12, the package still has not arrived. Where it might be, who knows?

Some of this delay might be blamed on COVID, but the fact this package has bounced all around, points to a grievous management problem. COVID or no COVID, the U.S. Postal Service is going downhill fast and this requires perhaps severe corrective action.

And, do our elected officials care about the condition of the USPS? Apparently not!

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Our "elected officials" are the ones who have tried to destroy the USPS. Trump hired DeJoy, who is part of an industry trying to get the USPS business and who immediately started destroying sorting equipment in order to suppress the November vote. This is all very well documented. BLAME the "elected official" who intentionally did this to the USPS. Trump.


Hopefully our situation will clear up soon as Baltimore postal workers recover from their Covid outbreak and the holiday rush is over.


Definitely a problem. If this pattern continues, pharmacies likely to go to private delivery and pass cost onto customers. Unfortunately.


I will repeat this again. The blame sits squarely on Trump's postmaster general DeJoy. He has deliberately kneecapped the USPS (nominally to screw up mail-in voting, but probably also because he's just a jerk).

Greg F

Craig, have you been living under a rock? How did this seem to come as a surprise to you? Have you not read all about how Trump hired a major donor DeJoy (who is utterly unqualified to do his job in any way) as a thanks for his money, and as a tasker to do his dirtiest to make the election suffer by making voting by mail difficult. DeJoy relished in his task, as it also served to benefit his direct conflict of interest to the tune of $75-100Million in a competing shipper. So, Dejoy went about removing perfectly working sorting machines at hubs all across the nation, most which are still sitting disassembled in warehouses rather than put back in his quest to hose the election in favor of Trump because we all know the democrats were smart enough to vote ahead, by mail...whereas the yee-hawdie right wingers wanted to make a show and physically get Add that the GOP has done their best to damage the post office with the need to pre-fund pensions, in a further quest to meet their goal of privatizing what is in the constitution to be an independent some of their friends can profiteer off of our need to send mail.

So, Craig, I feel your pain. I mail around 2000 packages a year and had no real issues until the DeJoy/Trump train did their damage prior to the election. Now nearly everything is delayed or lost. This will take years and a committed house/senate to rectify once we get past all the other carnage the Russian Puppet Comrade Trump has done with his insurgent yee-hawdie rebels.

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