FILE - This Feb. 7, 2013 file photo shows packages waiting to be sorted in a Post Office in Atlanta. Regulators on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, approved a price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on after the 2008 economic downturn.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File) ORG XMIT: WX106
Updated: February 7, 2014 6:13AM
A sizeable number of Santa’s presents missed their Dec. 25 target date in 2013. Apparently the only missed deliveries involved Santa hiring UPS and FedEx to alleviate his overloaded sleigh. Everything he gave to the venerable U.S. Postal Service arrived on time and intact, including 75,000 precious presents delivered by Uncle Sam precisely on Christmas. Those hundreds of planes UPS and FedEx fly, while the USPS has none, simply didn’t get the job done. UPS says it “Loves Logistics” and FedEx brags about “Delivering the World On Time.” They spend millions playing those endless advertising loops to stash billions into their coffers from overpriced delivery services. And the Postal Service? Their loyal employees, under attack from soulless congressmen who’ve saddled it with unconscionable long-term pension reserves in order to destroy it, simply went about doing well what they’ve done for 238 years. I try not to wish ill on anyone. But it would be poetic justice if the folks who missed their Christmas packages were congressmen who voted to KO the USPS as payback for all that campaign cash they get from UPS and FedEx.
Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn
Let’s not be dialing on planes
Now that some airlines are going to allow cellphone use during flights, are they going to set aside a section for that? Are they going to have a cop on board to break up the fights that will surely happen? Many people want to take a nap, get a baby to sleep or do paperwork. It is rude to use cellphones in such close quarters.
Why is it not required that two people be in a locomotive pulling a fast passenger train or a freight train with dangerous cargo? The second person could be an apprentice who has been trained to stop the train in the event that the engineer is incapacitated.
Marty Patton, Lombard