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Plenty of blame for post office

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for the mess with which the U.S. Postal Service is now dealing. Of course, the culprit being blamed by USPS officials is COVID-19.

It is likely there is plenty of blame to go around for the incredibly slow mail delivery and missing packages that have plagued the busiest shipping season of the year. In fact, in THIS year, when in-person shopping has been discouraged to some degree, in favor of having items delivered, the challenge is even greater.

U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Naddia Dhalai said there have been efforts to address the backlog. A new processing facility in Twinsburg was opened … Dec. 19. Dhalai said that facility is expected to receive some money from the latest COVID-19 relief bill, too. Meanwhile, Dhalai said since November the USPS hired more than 500 employees for its Cleveland and Akron plants. Wonderful, except that 70 of those employees did not START until Monday.

It all comes across as too little, too late while far too many Ohioans will spend this Christmas Eve deciding whether to wrap up notes explaining the gifts that SHOULD have been under the tree. And, for those waiting for much more important things — medicine, for example — the excuses from the USPS are no comfort at all.

We rely on the USPS because for generations we have been told we can, and not been disappointed.

It may be too late to save the season, for the USPS, but DeJoy and company must waste no time correcting the problems that have been festering for months, and were only magnified in December.

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