The U.S. Postal Service needs our help

Have you recently failed to receive mail you were expecting, or found out a payment you sent never arrived at its destination?

If so, you are not alone.

Sunday’s front-page story on the problems encountered by people who use the U.S. Postal Service was nothing short of an eye-opener.

Mail theft: “Residents of Minot and Minot Air Force Base say cards and envelopes containing cash or gift cards commonly disappear in the mail delivery system.”

Undelivered mail: “Another issue frustrating multiple residents is mail returned to sender rather than delivered to a legitimate address or returned to sender several months after originally sent. One resident reported getting an entire stack of invoices returned without even being postmarked.”

Those are the words of Senior Staff Writer Jill Schramm, whose article went into great detail about these and other problems patrons reported to her, such as receiving mail that had been opened.

It is almost unthinkable that people today are so dishonest, whether they are common crooks or worse yet, people working within the postal service.

We knew that some of these postal issues existed – mostly in other parts of the country. Now we know better. We can all be on alert regarding what we put in the mail and what we are expecting to receive. We now know these seemingly isolated incidents are not all due to accidental mishandling of letters and parcels, and we have been advised to report each occurrence.

Our cooperation will go a long way in helping our U.S. Postal Service find and bring to justice the lawbreakers. We would also hope that reporting delivery errors result in better service for everyone.

It would be a sad day if we could no longer dare drop a valentine or gift card in the mail for friend or family, a sad day.