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posted: 12/12/2013 4:40 AM

Disappointed with shorter postal hours

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Disappointed with shorter postal hours

As a lifelong Wheaton resident, I have always been an enthusiastic and proud supporter of our Wheaton Post Office. During the late 1940s when I attended college at DePauw, my buddies and I would return home for the holidays and help our post office deliver the heavy load of mail to our local residents.

The local postal employees were happy to see us and gladly explained our duties. The Wheaton residents, many of whom knew us, were delighted to see us, and we were more than happy to earn a little extra money for Christmas.

Today, instead of helping to facilitate with the handling of the heavy holiday mail as before, our Wheaton Post Office has made the sad decision to close our post office at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, during the busiest crunchtime of our holidays.

On the last Saturday of this November, thinking that our post office would certainly extend their work hours into the late afternoons as a courtesy to Wheaton residents, I made the sad discovery that I had lost both Saturdays and Sundays due to their inappropriate 1 p.m. early closing. As I sat parked before the post office, I watched customers carry their packages into the facility and then turn around, shaking their heads, returning to their vehicles.

On, Dec. 7, after working all morning organizing my parcels to foreign countries, I had seven of them, arrived again around 3 p.m., and again finding a closed facility, I suddenly got smart. I drove over to the Glen Ellyn facility and found open doors until after 4 p.m. with workers having welcome open arms.

Wheaton, what is your problem? What happened to that wonderful policy of courtesy to our local residents?

Lewis V. Morgan Jr.


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