Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the Trail of Snail Mail: A First-Class Letter’s Trip

AnnMarie Costella, assistant editor of  the Queens Chronicle in New York traces the route of a first-class letter from sender to receiver.

Costella pens, "Whether it’s a bill payment, greeting card or correspondence to a friend or relative, few people give much thought to what happens once they drop a letter in a mailbox, provided it meets its destination in a timely manner."

She points out, "Presently, first-class mail is processed between midnight and 6 a.m. to allow for delivery on the next business day. But under the Postal Service’s proposal, which could be implemented next May, processing would be done from midnight to noon the next day, extending the delivery time to two to three days."

Stephen Larkin, executive vice president of the Flushing branch of the American Postal Workers Union is quoted as calling the new plan “self-destructive,” and " believes the two- to three-day anticipated delivery time is unrealistic given the logistics of the route, and expects the time of arrival for first-class mail to be closer to four to six days."

Costella concludes, "In comparison, if one were to drive the letter directly from Flushing to Jamaica, a distance of about six miles, it would take approximately 12 minutes, provided there is no traffic."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM