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Opinion We still can’t cheer the mail in D.C.

Postal carrier Josiah Morse heads out to deliver mail and packages on Feb. 3 in Portland, Maine.
Postal carrier Josiah Morse heads out to deliver mail and packages on Feb. 3 in Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)
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The mail delivery problems cited in the April 28 Metro article “In Northeast neighborhood, complaints of a mail slowdown” are not confined to Carver-Langston. We are experiencing the same problems in the Stanton Park neighborhood, right in the shadow of the Capitol. 

The Postal Service spokeswoman who said that “a letter carrier is assigned to deliver mail to each address every day” and “all available mail is being delivered each day” is ill-informed at best. Just two days ago, I cheered a carrier who was working out of a Postal Service truck on the 400 block of E Street NE at 8 p.m. — who quickly dampened my enthusiasm, telling me he was just doing packages and “just didn’t know” when we’d start getting regular mail delivery again. 

All this started when Louis DeJoy became postmaster general and set out to take “service” out of the Postal Service. That should give a clue as to the solution.

Robert Morris, Washington 

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