Currently both Chicago papers have big articles about how mucked up the Chicago mail is, and how the bureaucrats are trying to fix it. Get real! It was a lot worse 15 years ago or so, except nobody remembers. (Then a massive test mailing just didn't get delivered late, over half the letters disappeared entirely. They were finally located in a dead letter box in Minneapolis, MN.)
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said her office has heard from 120 frustrated postal customers in 2007. "The list of grievances seems endless," she said, noting they ranged from missing paychecks to late credit-card bills and license-plate stickers.
We normally missed 1 utility bill out of 12 during the year. Thankfully the utility companies were used to this.
Phyllis Unosawa said she's tired of receiving social invitations after the date of the event has passed and getting two or three issues of a magazine at once.
I once received a copy of Electronics Design that was mailed over ONE YEAR earlier.
Dave Barlow moved into his Albany Park home 10 years ago and told the panel he still receives mail for the house's previous occupant.
We still got mail in 1997 for Jacob Borger, my grandfather, who died in 1933! It followed me faithfully through 3 moves.
Mary Beth Awerkamp, elections operations manager for Cook County Clerk David Orr, told the subcommittee the clerk's office mailed hundreds of sample absentee ballots this spring and more than 10 percent took a week or more to arrive at their destinations.
Heck, the post office once returned our Cook County tax bill marked, "Moved, left no forwarding address." (I'd darn sure like to know where we "moved.")
Gloria Tyson, Chicago postmaster since October 2006, said after the hearing that she appreciated the opportunity to hear again what customers need fixed.
She appreciated hearing it again? Why the blank didn't she do something the last time.
Ah, but there is hope.
Barlow, the Albany Park resident, said he was encouraged by the changes announced at the hearing. "I'm optimistic," he said. "There are some new faces. Maybe things will get better."
That poor mope never read Peanuts. Remember Lucy and the football?