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Bring back the Pony Express

Imagine my surprise when I read the article about lost mail in the April 13 edition. To quote Postal Service spokesperson Susie Glover: “The mail doesn’t just get lost.” Fifteen years ago I sent two money orders to my daughter in college that were never received, never returned and never cashed. I talked to many other people with similar experiences. Apparently there is a special postal pit for checks and money orders that has been in operation for some time. And how about the invitation to a Christmas party that I received in March – mailed from Grass Valley to Nevada City. That was five years ago.

Lost mail is not a new problem, it just seems to have reached the Peter Principle – its highest level of incompetence – in Nevada County.



Perhaps we should route our mail through New York City instead of Marysville. The Pony Express was able to deliver mail from San Francisco to New York in four to five days. With all the unemployed desk and computer jockies around, I think we could fill those saddles in a flash. And now they tell us postage will increase to 37 cents. Well, of course. We no longer pay for mail delivery; we are paying for storage.




Wake up and smell the stamps, Susie. By the way, I am personally delivering this letter to The Union.

Joanne Conley

Nevada City


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