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Letters to the Editors

Postal Service failed to deliver

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 3, 2001


Editor: If anyone tries to figure out how well the U.S. post office operates they should run across the kind of a problem I am having.

At 10:52 a.m. April 21 I mailed a postal money order out of the Port Richey Post Office at Embassy Crossing.

I mailed this letter priority mail which is supposed to be delivered in two to three days. As of April 30, the priority mail has yet to arrive.

On April 27, I called the Postal Service 800 number to complain and I was told to wait until the weekend passed to see if the letter arrived. The letter did not arrive so I called the 800 number again, which by the way is answered from Colorado. The woman I spoke with again said "sorry" but said I should go back to the post office and get a form 6401 and pay an additional $2.75 to trace the money order. I already paid $3.50 to send the money order priority mail and now they are asking for an additional $2.75? All I got was the same reply, "sorry."

Not too long ago the price of postage was raised to help keep up with the times and help improve the delivery of mail.

If this is what the post office calls improvement they need to do a lot more work on it.
-- Robert W. Brehm, Port Richey

Production of 'Joseph' reflects young people's hard work, talent

Editor: We often hear criticism of today's youth. Conversely, we often overlook their accomplishments. I would like to provide a little balance.

During this past weekend, I had an opportunity to see the River Ridge drama presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was an impressive production that reflected a lot of hard work by many talented people, most of whom were students or recent graduates.

The staging and lighting were remarkable. The cast did a great job of learning their words and music. I can only imagine how much time was spent in practicing and preparing for the shows. It's a shame that it was over in three days. And for bargain hunters, it's hard to beat the $5 admission.

I have no particular connection with the River Ridge schools (except as a Pasco County taxpayer), but I wanted to note that the students and faculty did themselves proud. If there was one minor area for improvement, it would be in the sound system. But that does not detract from a job that was otherwise well done. Thanks for an enjoyable evening, and keep up the good work.
-- Nelson Shafer, Hudson

For a sample of bizarre behavior, take a look at drivers on U.S. 19

Editor: You see some strange things on U.S. 19. The other day I was stopped for a red light at Southgate Shopping Center in New Port Richey. Two teenage girls in a car next to me got out of the car, ran around it, and jumped back in the car.

Another time I was driving on U.S. 19 and happened to glance at a car to the right. The guy was driving along about 40 mph with left foot out the window. Would you believe that?
-- George M. Springhart, Port Richey

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