I enjoyed reading your article in the Sept. 3 News-Post about local impressions of the Postal Service. As it turns out, Frederick is a pretty big city for mail.

There are three major mailing companies scattered along English Muffin Way, and one of the country’s largest mail tracking companies, SnailWorks. SnailWorks tracks millions of pieces of commercial and nonprofit mail every day, and we can see that contrary to what one may read in the news, mail service goes on, pretty much unabated. The Postal Service is really just fine, and we’ve got the data to back that up.

Does the Postal Service have issues? Heavens, yes! The Postal Service always has issues: they’re broke, letter and flat volume is down, they have high absenteeism due to COVID-19, they’re buried in parcels at a Holiday+ level, and many of the flights they put their mail on are canceled. So, there’s plenty to worry about if worrying is your thing.

But none of this is new — the Postal Service has been having financial problems for a decade. We have indeed seen first-class mail slowed down — by about half a day on average since the start of the year. Not bad considering the absenteeism generated by the pandemic. And while certain elements of the Postal Service have been privatized over the years — particularly some of the trucking and logistics — there is no threat that the Postal Service is going anywhere. It is a service required by our Constitution.

If all of this fuss finally gets the Postal Service some attention and some support from Congress, great. No one really needs to picket, but bless their hearts.

Finally, please refrain from using the term “junk” mail. Marketing mail, bulk rate mail, ad mail, any of those terms are fine. Marketing mail provides millions of jobs, helps businesses promote themselves, helps charities raise money, and helps keep letter carriers going to every home six days a week. We deserve better than to be referred to as “junk.” We don’t call newspapers junk papers though they are chock full of ads.

Dave Lewis

Frederick

Dave Lewis is the president of SnailWorks.

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Greg F

Well, as an update, the USPS is not fine. Sent two packages out PRIORITY MAIL and now both are out past 14 days not delivered. Yeah....USPS is just fine, eh? I have a bridge to sell you if you think that.

mamlukman

I should also add two facts: first, the post office hasn't made a "profit" since about 1853. Why should it? It's a service, not a business. How much "profit" do the police or fire departments make?

Second, how many of you know that in 2006 Congress passed a law requiring USPS to create a fund to pay for pensions--75 years in the future! No other government agency (or quasi-agency) has this requirement. Only USPS. How about retiree heath care? Yes, postal employees are entitled to that. Before 2006 reserves were based on "actual vested liability." From 2006 on, they were based on "total projected liability." That's like saying your credit card interest is not based on your current balance, but on what someone thinks your balance might be in 10, 25, or 50 years from now.

Take away the 2006 law, and what do you have? Poof! USPS is making a profit for the last 6 years. Don't you love accounting?

mamlukman

Aug. 20 I got a Priority Post package that was postmarked.....June 29! So almost two months for Priority 2-day Mail? I guess 1 day pre-Trump = 1 month in Trump time.

And this, although the worst case, is not the only one. It's now the rule. I subscribe to "informed delivery" where USPS sends you an e-mail every morning telling you what's going to be delivered that day. Before July, it was 100% accurate. If they said a package was going to be delivered that day, it was. From July on, there's less than a 50-50 chance that something is actually delivered.

I sometimes track packages that should have arrived. One package had a very interesting journey. It arrived in Baltimore, then it was sent to Philadelphia. Then it came back to Baltimore. Maybe it was visiting a cousin in Philadelphia?

I get a lot of packages--I'm trying to make Jeff Bezos richer. Delivery time has slowed down--a LOT. No question about it.

mamlukman

Today (Sept. 14) I got a 1st class letter from Wisconsin postmarked Sept. 9--last Wed. Should be 2 days, right? Leaving out Sunday, it took 4 days.

olefool

My cousin who lives in southwest Virginia mailed a letter to me by "Priority Mail" "guaranteed 2 day delivery" on Thursday the 3rd, it's not here yet. I have never had this experience with the mails before Trump started interfering. I don't care what anybody says.... these disasters in our Postal Services are being manufactured by the Trump cabal because he knows that when the people get to vote, he's toast.

Brookhawk

The NY Times today has a story covering the USPS service delays, focusing on four US cities as places things are mailed from, and Frederick is one of those four cities. Better read it and the comments of posters before you decide how "fine" things are.

NewMarketParent

It's fine.

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Greg F

To further the USPS is not fine, try calling any of their customer service numbers. Most are disconnected. Most links are dead. Coincidence? They weren’t dead prior to DeJoy.

Greg F

DeJoy and trump hijacking the post office again...criminal https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/politics/colorado-voting-election-mailers-usps/index.html

Greg F

Once again, USPS is being hijacked by trump and DeJoy...see what FNP won’t post

Brookhawk

I am still waiting for first class mail a friend in Minnesota sent me on August 7. AUGUST 7. Right at the beginning of the revelations that the mail has been messed with. I've never had this happen before. I doubt I will ever see what she sent which is too bad. It's either at the bottom of a pile somewhere or thrown out.

bosco

I thought the board of governors ran the Postal Service. I had no idea that Trump was so all seeing and all knowing that he is able to slow down the mail.

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DickD

His asignment of incompetent management to achieve the goal of disrupting mail service is Trump's fault.

bosco

Who hired him? I thought it was the Board of Governors.

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Greg F

Here’s how B...all made possible by Agent Orange https://time.com/5882006/usps-board-governors-trump/

hayduke2

Because of Mitch and his blocking of nominees. See Greg F's response to the IG resigning and the politization of the Board. Another example of partisan overreach by the Republican Senate...

Greg F

Faux naïveté there Boscov...you know all too well he places DeJoy there as both a thanks for the donation (with zero qualifications other than that) and to act the patsy accomplice to meddling with the election by undermining its mechanics. Now Trump can defer blame and have DeJoy as the convenient scapegoat for you to be able to continue your love affair with The orange idiot. Stevie Wonder could see that a mile away...you can’t....

bosco

Once again you are revealing your faux super powers, GregF, by pretending to know what I think and what I know. And I'm still not buying a Chinese bicycle.

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Greg F

Nice try, but how did the USPS board of Governors come to allow this to happen? Trump made it so...read on and stop spinning and ignoring the obvious. https://www.google.com/amp/s/time.com/5882006/usps-board-governors-trump/%3famp=true

Greg F

Better link to how trump undermined the USPS board of governors here...and what directly led to DeJoy being placed there. Spin on Boscov the Ruskie troll https://time.com/5882006/usps-board-governors-trump/

threecents

Dave, I don't know if the postal service is going to recover or not, but I do know that junk mail is junk mail. The amount of waste that goes into junk mail is hard to fathom. The fact that I receive it, makes me complicit in the waste. How dare you defend it.

sue1955

Sorry, Dave, USPS is not "just fine." As I went into in my comments a few days ago (on that second article about USPS), I have experienced problems for the last few years. I am not taking the time to reiterate that again, but it is a major effort to resolve problems. One issue that I brought out (and reviews online confirm this) is that it is virtually impossible to get through on the phone to the main Frederick post office. As documented, the phone rings and rings and then goes to a busy signal. My issues have come down to the incompetence of individuals. The work ethic is essentially dead. Dave, if you can bring up my previous comments (if you are interested), you can read what I have experienced.

davethel

Sue, I didn't mean that the Postal Service didn't have problems - it's got buckets of them. It's not a very customer service organization. My point was just that it hasn't suddenly fallen apart in the last couple of months - it's motoring along about the same as it always has, for better or worse. And there is no real threat of them going out of business - no one is deliberately slowing down the mail. They do that all by themselves.

DickD

New rules, eliminating local post office services, less automated equipment and mostly done recently.

sue1955

Dave, the fact that the USPS is "not a very customer service organization" is a huge understatement since that institution deals directly with the public. And, "yes," I agree that it has gone downhill for several years. And, I am just one person who has experienced problems. And, add that to X amount of other people who also had/have issues. Further, my various issues were not things that could be straightened out within a day or two. Just one thing that I did not mention earlier was when a new supply of checks was apparently "lost" by the USPS. Naturally, that had serious implications had the recipient acted nefariously with my bank account number. The situation was resolved with the incorrect recipient giving up my package within a couple days (since it was investigated). After that, I pay extra money for UPS delivery (when it is available by the merchant) not only for sensitive items, but everything that I purchase online.

sue1955

I didn't write my first sentence very well. I should have said, "is a huge problem since that institution's mission is to deal directly with the public."

bosco

I mailed a first class envelope to Charlotte NC in Frederick on August 27. It was postmarked in Baltimore on September 5 and delivered to the recipient on September 11.

I guess part of the cost of the stamp goes toward storage fees.

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DickD

Is it individuals or management work assignments, Sue. If management wanted the phone answered it would be answered.

sue1955

Dick; on your point about the phone being answered, I agree with you that management should oversee that issue. However; in my cases, the issues came from individuals entering false information into their system. I can imagine with so many contractors working jobs that previously were held by actual USPS employees, management are somewhat restricted in employer-employee relationships. (I saw that when in the Federal Government, but that's another story).

Greg F

3.5 weeks to get a priority mail package. Regular mail that took 1-3 days is now 5-7 days. No, not since Trumpf put in his goon DeJoy is anything fine. This is a deliberate act from a deranged man to help his ballot chances, nothing less.

Dwasserba

Good luck changing commonly accepted terminology! As one of a legion of recycled human beings (adoptees) I joined the resistance to the many other applications of the word ADOPT decades ago, yet we still "adopt" roads, "adopt" pets, etc., and are told we're being too sensitive if we resent that filling out a page of info and a short interview is equated to the process our parents endured. Or in my case, we went through as adoptive parents of a human. Everyone knows better than you what it feels like to be you when you are forever the adopted "child"... so I get it. But, yeah.

DickD

Wrong, Dave. Mail typically takes longer. A letter mailed in the County takes a extra day, if it's not going to the same zip code. Because all mail now goes to Baltimore for being post marked and distribution, some to just a mile or two from where it is mailed. And it appears mail is not processed and distributed the same day the local post office receives it.

Junk mail is junk mail to the receiver. Most goes right into the recycle bin.

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