U.S. Postal Service & Passports
Posted: March 11, 2016
I think it may be time that the U.S. Postal Service re-examine whether to continue to service passports at its downtown Eau Claire location. I say that because at least three times in the last two weeks, clerks at the downtown post office were serving customers with passports instead of making sure that the mail in the post office boxes were filled by the 10am weekday deadline.
I am sure that the postal service generates revenue from issuing passports to customers in the Chippewa Valley. In Dunn County, however, passports are issued from the Clerk of Courts office. Maybe it's time to reconsider whether the benefit of generating revenue from doing passports outweighs the paying customers who rent post office boxes.
I often feel bad for the courier services who have to wait for the post office boxes to get filled because a clerk is spending his/her time issuing a passport. These courier services also have customers who pay them to bring their mail from the downtown postal facility to their offices.
I believe it's time for the postal service to think again about its priorities. I spend more than $100 per year to rent a post office box from the postal service. That should be enough money for me to receive my mail in my post office box prior to the 10am weekday deadline.
RANDOM THOUGHT: There was a new television show on Tuesday night that caught my attention. It is called "Little Big Shots", hosted by Steve Harvey. The show reminded me of the television show that radio/television personality Art Linkletter had on in the 1970s that was called "Kids Will Say the Darndest Things". I met Art Linkletter while I worked in radio back in 1988-1993. He was the nicest guy and lived to the age of 97. He was a Canadian-born citizen who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1942. He later wrote children's books quoting those who were on his television show. He also hosted "House Party ", which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years and "People Are Funny ", which ran on NBC radio and television for 19 years.
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