Mail non-delivery

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Non-delivery of mail is not limited exclusively to Point Breeze (“Their Mail Delivery Is Spotty at Best,” April 5). That, and a variety of idiosyncratic post office peccadilloes occur with regularity on the street where I’ve resided in Squirrel Hill for 45 years. It’s been a wild ride since the last reliable mail carrier, the late, great Charles Gaines, retired 20 or so years ago.

This past winter I have not received bills, a bank statement, credit card bills — which resulted in disputing late fees — and materials needed for income tax preparation. Supermarket circulars are delivered upon request. First-class mail is frequently not delivered.

In the fall I placed a two-week hold on my mail. It was delivered daily. Fortunately I have alert neighbors. Following a holiday last summer I asked a neighbor if he had received his mail. “No,” he replied, “and neither will you.” He said he had run into a mail carrier down the street who said her bag was too heavy and it was too hot outside, so she was going home — thus giving credence to the post office’s coinage of its very own term “casual carrier.” I didn’t get my mail that day. When I wrote a letter and sent an email to Pittsburgh’s postmaster, he chose not to respond.

As I was writing this letter, I received a phone call from the Post-Gazette telling me my subscription ended March 12. I never received the bill! This type of serendipity I can do without.

The once viable U.S. Postal Service is in need of resuscitation.

LUCRETIA BIORDI ELSON
Squirrel Hill


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