In more than 20 years of living in Washington, we have never experienced such erratic mail delivery as we did recently. From Thursday to Tuesday, we received one mail delivery on my block. It was on Sunday and limited to delivery, no pick-up. At what point does the U.S. Postal Service get to decide that mail delivery and pick-up is optional? Has the Postal Service’s unofficial motto — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” — been edited or discarded? Snow is the first thing mentioned. 

Suzanne Richards, Washington

I congratulate the region regarding our response to the recent storm. For the most part, the roads got cleared, the trains and buses ran on time and the schools made the right calls regarding our kids’ safety. It was refreshing to be out with my snow shovel, talking to my neighbors. I hope the snowmen that sprouted up in the area stick around for awhile.

Kris Keydel, Alexandria