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Sun should investigate the U.S. Postal Service | READER COMMENTARY

Trucks back up on Fallsway to President Street waiting to get into the docks Baltimore's Main Post Office on a mid-December afternoon. (Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun).
Trucks back up on Fallsway to President Street waiting to get into the docks Baltimore's Main Post Office on a mid-December afternoon. (Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun). (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

We have always found the “Sun Investigates” pieces to be credible, informative and a help in keeping government and political leaders more accountable. Please consider an investigation of the Baltimore post office (”Mail delays abound in Baltimore as postal service bemoans historic volumes of holiday mail,” Dec. 19).

What in the world is going on? It has been bad enough to have Christmas cards to family and friends delayed in delivery by up to three weeks (both sending and receiving); and to have a small package mailed to our son in Oregon for which we paid $27 postage for delivery in two or three days, arrive 18 days later (after stops in Raleigh, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida). But now, our credit is being damaged. Bill payments we mailed in mid-December (credit card, medical, mortgage, internet provider) have still not been delivered in more than three weeks! We’re receiving dunning notices and service-suspension notices. And what about others waiting for pension checks, Social Security checks, medicines?

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Is 3-plus weeks the “new normal” for first-class delivery? We need the Sun to investigate and get a credible explanation and credible solution.

George Conklin, Ellicott City

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