During this holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service has once again proven how inefficient and disorganized it is. While I understand that COVID has put pressure on the system due to lack of opportunity for many to shop or travel and because of employee absence, some delays and disruptions were inevitable. I am totally shocked at the breakdown of delivery and the extremely poor service during the last month.

For example, first-class letters that I sent in the first week of December to pay bills had not arrived as of Dec. 29, resulting in numerous emails, possible late fees and potential negative effects on my credit ratings. Packages sent two weeks ago to Virginia and New Jersey (priority) were lost in the tracking system — only showing departure from Woodsboro — and only have just been found in the Linthicum Distribution center near Baltimore. They never left Maryland. A certified letter sent to the Social Security office in Frederick from Walkersville took 11 DAYS to go across town.

To contrast this debacle with other delivery methods during this same period of time, Amazon using their own delivery system was consistently on time. Packages ordered from companies all over the country were delivered by UPS and FedEx with minimal if any delays.

It is well past time that Congress stop its inane actions on things that are totally irrelevant to the major of Americans and address problems such as USPS which affect most of us. I have decided — and am sure lots of others have — to avoid using USPS in the future if there is an option.

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Reader1954

interesting that the only mail I am getting is the weekly grocery & junk mail flyers. None of my credit card bills have come or netflix since the first week of December.

shiftless88

One has to wonder about the breadth of Mr. Cofer's news sources given that he seems unaware of the political crippling of the USPS by the current administration. Is he ignorant of this or intentionally misleading? Neither speaks well for Mr. Cofer.

eastmoonrabbit

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shiftless88

Amazingly it all seemed to work pretty well until the middle of last summer when the new Trump appointee started sabotaging the USPS by cutting back staff hours and removing mail sorting machines. Hmmmmm....

eastmoonrabbit

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phydeaux994

Now, to add insult to injury, 2 Republican Congressmen who were hunkered down in place with many others and were not wearing masks have tested positive for COVID-19.

Greg F

They were offered masks and declined. Seems if anyone gets sick or dies from that, they should be charged with involuntary manslaughter if the latter and made to pay any medical expenses at the least. Stupid pig heads.

MrSniper

In my entire not so short life, I have never had a package lost or delayed...until Trump appointee DeJoy purposefully & systematically sabotaged the USPS. Pay attention, this type of performance will be an aberration once the Biden administration comes to power & business returns to usual.

C.D.Reid

The USPS has been inefficient long before Trump was elected and if you've never had a package lost or delayed, consider yourself lucky. Back in 2002 I was working on the expansion of the PCS Phosphate plant in Aurora, N.C. (and where I found about 1700 sharks teeth.) I was renting an apartment in Washington and had a P.O. box in Chocowinity. A buddy of mine in Walkersville sent me a package containing an poster ad for a bar we used to frequent often in Frederick, The Carroll Creek Dam, and for three months I went to that post office asking about it and, for three months, they swore they didn't have it. Finally, shortly before I was finished my part of the project, and about to vacate my apartment, I went back one more time and insisted that they had to have that package and guess what? They finally found it. It had been lost in the back of that little building. And that's but one incidence of postal incompetence I've experienced. Trump may have not helped with his appointment of DeJoy, but that sure as hell wasn't the beginning of the postal system's problems.

Hayduke2

Maybe CD, but that was the exception, not the norm. Face Trump’s damage and chaos is widespread and was done purposely.

eastmoonrabbit

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oldladysarah

Amazing how all those "mail in ballots" got there in November to get Biden in office though. Didn't seem to be a postal service problem then.

eastmoonrabbit

In your ignorance, you have no idea how many mail in ballots were lost or delayed

C.D.Reid

My my. And once again the LLBTT Trump Haters have managed to turn a completely unrelated article into another one of their usual hate fests. I wonder how long those pathetic idiots are going to blame the problems of the world on the man after he leaves office....

MRS M

Amazing the damage just one ignorant and incompetent individual can do when allowed unchecked power by equally ignorant supporters. How does it feel to have been conned like a little girl, cd? Or was it Antifa that has your tiny packages? Or perhaps Nancy Pelosi. Own it, Trumpster.

C.D.Reid

Hey MRS M, KMA.

MRS M

Trouble owning your votes and defending the indefensible, little man? Why else, with your cowardice showing, must you resort to middle school obscenities, all caps too. (IMPRESSIVE!). Whether speaking of your tiny lost package or Wednesdays "Antifa" attack on the United States Capitol, why not man up and admit you supported nothing more than a wretched, divisive, lying and violent traitor for these last 5 years you've been conned..... and try to redeem yourself from further public embarassment? Or are you in support of Wednesday's debacle too, enabled by voters like you?

Hayduke2

Mrs M - fragile ego’s won’t allow them to admit they were conned

Hayduke2

See how mature CD is! 🤥[lol][lol][lol]

eastmoonrabbit

You and your ilk are traitors

MRS M

I do a small amount of shipping, but gave up on the US Post Office In November due to what seemed to be frankly outrageous and increasing shipping charges. Haven't been back since, getting stamps from now on at the supermarket.. However, I would say the postal service employees at our branch tried very hard in a kind and helpful way to come up with the best shipping prices they could, even suggesting I re-box one item for a better rate. it's a shame really. The postal workers in our neighborhoods are still out and delivering......sometimes towards 6 pm...and sometimes they don't get to our neighborhood on Saturday at all.. Long days, staff shortages, and with utter incompetence from the top. Yet, what Donald has done to the USPS is nothing compared to his destruction and/or mismanagement of the DOJ, CDC, diplomatic and national security corps, EPA.....etc....etc......etc.......etc.....

Amazing the damage just one ignorant and incompetent individual can do.

Greg F

I ship 2000 packages annually and 400 were November and December. All shippers were affected. UPs and FedEx both use USPS as last mile on their parcels in many cases. Got a sure post package? That last mile was USPS courtesy of another original shipping company, thus adding to the burden USPS carries. In normal times that works fine, but that orange pig head moron and his goon dejoy took out sorting machines nationwide and they still aren’t replaced. This is all in trump, and historically the gop have done what they could to damage the post office to the benefit of private industry. DeJoy has a $75 million direct conflict of interest and wants nothing more than to hose it more to make more money. He should be jailed for what he has done.

jth7100

Trump attempted to screw up the USPS; he succeeded. If your mail is late, contact Louis DeJoy.

stjohn42

I am sure the Republicans that Trump appointed to run the USPS, even though the all have large financial stakes in competing companies, would applaud your action. What it is actually time to do is to quit pretending that the USPS is a for-profit company, and start treating it as the vital government service that it is.

sevenstones1000

Republicans have been trying to destroy and privatize the USPS for many years now. They have just about succeeded. So, congratulations Republicans!

Brookhawk

Trump intentionally appointed DeJoy over the summer so that he WOULD disrupt the USPS and its delivery of the mail. It was intentional sabotage in order to disrupt mail-in voting, and also to improve the chances of the USPS failing completely and the likes of UPS and FedEx getting the business. In case you are interested, in September I had to send a letter that HAD to get there so I sent it UPS. One letter, two day delivery - $26. An overnight delivery would have cost me $45. One letter. The USPS is a SERVICE, not a business that must make money - it exists in order to help other businesses make money, and to help people communicate. Just how well are we going to do that at $26 per letter?

DickD

Three letters mailed at the same time, in Middletown, on December 14th. All to the same address. One was delivered on December 26th, the other two have still not been received. One letter mailed to me December 22nd, received yesterday. The Post Office is no longer functional.

bosco

Don't worry, DickD, Quid Pro Joe has a plan to fix everything - either on day one or within his first 100 days.

phydeaux994

You’re already bashing him and he’s not President yet???? Yet you have vilified all of us here for being Trump Haters. You are one mixed up person bosco.

MRS M

Bosco is sad, lost, embarassed and bereft, unable to figure out what to do next, carrying around the stench of Trump, and, like most republicans here, too much of a coward to admit he was conned like a little girl. They got NUTHIN' left to say of any interest or import......hence.....what we're seeing now. Bosco here can't seem to remember what Trump did to the post office, and he can't seem to remember that Trump has been in charge for the last 4 years. Conveniently dull-witted.

Greg F

He won’t be quid pro pardoner like agent orange. Your guy is leaving a lot of damage to fix with his scorched earth exit plan.

C.D.Reid

One item I ordered back in September took a month to come up from Kentucky and another one a month or so later took five weeks to be delivered once it had been shipped. Hell, it took 13 days for one little ink cartridge to get 15 miles from the 7th Street Staples to me. I ended up driving to town and got multiple cartridges before it ever arrived, it was taking so long to come. And what was really annoying was that, after the first week of waiting, I would get an email almost every day from the USPS stating that my delivery MIGHT be delayed one business day. What a f'ing joke. A week ago I ordered Jimmy Phelge's "Nankering With the Rolling Stones" and, when I saw that it was being shipped via the USPS, I thought oh s**t, how long is this gonna take now? We have the option to not use that service but, unfortunately, we don't have the option to stipulate how we want products that we order to be shipped. As the writer has stated, COVID or not, UPS, FedEX, and Amazon Prime can deliver on time, and usually within 2-3 days. The USPS needs to do some serious restructuring.

Thewheelone

CD you do not mention that the reason for all this falls squarely on the shoulders of the president who, last May appointed a big time contributor to his campaign as Postmaster General. During the next several months in an effort to slow down the process for mail in and absentee ballots under DeJoy's direction, overtime pay was eliminated for Post Office employees, prices were increased for states to send out ballots and in August, mail sorting machines were removed from Post Offices. All this was done before an election and during a pandemic when people needed the Post office to be more efficient. So as you wait for your mail and your book to come, just remember the source of your frustration. Whether it be the president's insistence on being at war with Jeff Bezos and or slowing things down for the election, the choice you made for president was the cause of this problem leading to the chaos now going on at the post office. It is emblematic of his presidency.

C.D.Reid

You're correct, wheelone, I did not mention that. I figured there be enough of you Trump Haters around to do that for me.Thanks for proving me right.

Thewheelone

Yep; Trump hater and proud of it! Why aren't you in the club?

What’s not to hate?

It’s clear that Trump’s supporters took his lying claims of voter fraud seriously. They were even willing to storm the Capitol and terrorize Congress on his behalf.

Trump misdialed Utah Sen. Mike Lee while the Capitol was under siege, trying to call Sen. Tommy Tuberville in a last effort to stay in office while the Capitol Police where battling the seditionist. The phone call lasted for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, a Capitol Officer died trying to protect those in congress who were spewing Trump’s call for insurrection.

What’s not to hate?

Thewheelone

@aweteam2000 That is the question over 70 million people need to be asking themselves!

NewMarketParent

@Thewheelone

Because CDeez supports the violent overthrow of the US government.

phydeaux994

Your uncontrolled anger DM (not CD) is reminiscent of The Donald himself. He lost, you lost, the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) lost, the BTT(BullyTagTeam) lost, Trump cost you first, the House of Representatives, now the Presidency and Senate. Like all of his endeavors Don has failed again, lost it all, gone bankrupt. Donald John Trump has always lost in the end and taken you and your ilk to loserland with him. Take it like a MAN Dave, not like Trump, a crybaby. Peace.✌️😷

bosco

CD, refresh my memory. What are the posting hours allowed and number of posts limits that Fido tried to impose a few months ago? I don't see him setting any limits on the LLBTT so maybe Fido's limits expired. Did Fido revoke your citizenship yet as part of him disenfranchisement program for the 75 million that he declared were not Americans or patriots?

Greg F

Bosco, piss off. You and your cohorts supported Captain Coup all these years and still do even after bombs, many weapons, zip ties and chemical spray was found in more than one vehicle and office. This was not a riot, it was an attempted kidnapping at the least and attempted coup more likely. All the technical forensics are bearing that out. Your radical right wing nuts are planning worse even now against state offices, federal and more even now.

C.D.Reid

I don't remember fido's rules, bosco, he comes up with so much garbage in what's left of that senile old mind of his that it's hard to keep track. But yeah, you're right, he doesn't make up rules for his three stooges (NewMarketMommy/Chump, Greg Fartblossom, and PurplePickles/Snowflake) and his other lackeys. I guess they're special because they kiss his @$$ so well.

phydeaux994

Boy, I’m going to have to go buy some more popcorn, this show ain’t over yet.

bosco

Doctor Fed Up GregF....sez "piss off".....so mature and indicative of the divisiveness sown by the Democrats for the past five years - the same Democrats who now want to be the party of unity.

GregF....KMA. .

Blueline

Well, don't play with me because you're playing with fire.

knahs25

None of the checks I mailed to various charities on 12/15 have been cashed so I assume have not been received. Three packages I was expecting, including one mailed 11/27 seem to be stuck at various locations across the country.

Greg F

Khan...use the lost mail search online. It works. If priority mail you can file a claim after 30 days for the minimum of $50 or more if insured or through places like eBay that up it to $100. Just got paid for a claim today. It works. They found all the others.

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