The post office to save money will probably stop Saturday delivery in the near future and the cost of stamps will be going up again. Delivery to a mail box attached to your residence will also end with everyone having to put a mail box along the street or go to centralized pickup boxes. This is already the case in newer neighborhoods. What an ugly sight – all those mail boxes on every street! Our mail carriers are the best. They know their customers, and often are the first to notice that something is wrong. We will pay a price for these changes, and you cannot put a dollar value on what we will lose. Our mail carriers not only say “You Have Mail,” but they ask you “How are you?” And they mean it. We are losing part of America and it is sad.
Our mail from this area is now transported to Carol Stream to be sorted instead of Rockford. There was letter to the Editor in the Rockford paper recently complaining that they were not receiving all of their bills. To make matters worse letters are being returned for incorrect addresses when the addresses are correct. One person said that he has lived at the same address for almost 20 years, and in June a bill sent to him was returned to the sender. The sender called him asking if he had moved! This same individual never received his July Comcast bill. It is an old excuse when you do not pay a bill on time to say that you did not receive it. If you live in Northwest Illinois, it is probably true. Most of the workers in Carol Stream don’t even know where Freeport or Lena is located! Such poor business practices are just accelerating the destruction of the U.S. Postal System. The future is now – one must receive and pay bills online which is driven by the U.S. Postal System.