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Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 12:12 am

Letter to the Editor

Dec. 6, 2012

To the editor:

Have you tracked your mail the last couple of years? Try it.

I have sent mail with priority mail delivery confirmation to the Lower 48, and it has taken six working days just to make it to Anchorage, which is supposed to be the hub for all mail to make it move faster.

I also have mailed bills and personal mail to Anchorage from Fairbanks. One piece was mailed December 2011 and has not reached Anchorage as of December 2012. Bills I have mailed to Anchorage have taken three weeks to get there. In return, I have to pay a late fee on top of my bill and the postage.

I have lived here since 1959, and I have never seen a mess like the Postal Service is now. In the past, I have sent mail to Missouri, and it made it in three days. To have something mailed from the Lower 48, you have to pay two to three times more in postage because we are supposedly overseas. The merchandise cost is less than the postage to get it here. We have been told by the merchants that the Postal Service insists on the extra postage because we are not part of the continental United States. There are planes, trucks and barges that come to Alaska every day. We are not overseas. There are roads all the way to Alaska. We connect through land. We are not surrounded by water.

Write your senators and representatives to get something done. Complaining and filing reports to the Postal Service has not made a difference.

Juanita Fairbanks


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