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"My fellow Port Washingtonians, our postal service has reached the pinnacle of absurdity. A warning. Reading this may be dangerous to your health, so you may want to take some digitalis before continuing. Let me share with you the following insanity. A letter dated Aug. 31 from Port Washington, arrived in my house on Sept. 14. I believe a roundtrip to the moon takes less time. My investigation into this odyssey, revealed the following. The letter was postmarked in Port Washington on Sept. 10 and in Queens ... yes, my friends in Queens on Sept. 13. Discussing this with a supervisor in our post office, I was told that all mail goes through a distribution center in Queens. Thus, if my next door neighbor wishes to mail me a letter, it travels to Queens and one of these days makes a return trip to PW for delivery to my home ... sometimes as late as 5:30 p.m. When I gathered enough courage to ask this supervisor, who is the brain surgeon who came up with this absurd Queens distribution center idea for mail destined to PW, Manhasset, Roslyn, and possibly also Great Neck, and when I suggested why not centralize such a center in Manhasset, I got the usual bureaucratic shrug of the shoulder. Is it any wonder why so many foreign industrial and even developing countries are doing a number on the good old USA with efficient, timely and courteous service? Not to speak of product quality. But dear readers don't fret. Our post office has responded in the most sensitive manner to make our sometimes exacerbating wait, such a pleasant experience. You can watch the latest news on CNN or what's happening with the Scott Peterson trial in California. Additionally, in order not to expose us to the elements when the waiting line sometimes extends beyond the lobby and almost unto Port Blvd., the waiting area has now been extended internally. Result: just when you think there aren't too many people on line, you get fooled by the long line once you enter the postal inner sanctum. As the line meanders, you get caught up on all the news, chat with your neighbors, enjoy the occasional art exhibit, etc ..., Ah, such a wonderful experience, while the check you're expecting is languishing somewhere in Queens."

Stanley L. Ronell


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