Letters to the Editor: Postal service needs proper competition

When a customer tells me “the check is in the mail,” I tend not to believe them. But I’m starting to change my mind.

A customer two miles from us recently sent a payment for $28,000 through the U.S. mail. Based on the postmark, the two-mile trip took 28 days.

My credit card bill normally takes four days to get to us from Utah. That seems a little slow, but it’s OK. What’s not OK is we recently mailed a credit-card payment and it took 15 days before they received it. We were stuck with a late fee of $35 and interest for being past due of $153.

Who should be responsible for paying this?

I can list many more examples of slow mail delivery that proves costly to everyone.

We have talked to the postmaster numerous times, but nothing seems to help.

We have complained online numerous times. That doesn’t help either.

It’s too bad the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t have competition.

Competition seems to keep things competitive and everyone on their toes … or out of business.

Ronald Dickson

May 1 should be day of moratorium
I accompanied my wife to a local elementary school recently to see entertainment presented by the school’s music education effort and performed by the children.

The week had been full of news related to the shootings at Virginia Tech and I looked forward to escaping the horror.
Instead, I saw a young person — probably a sibling of one of the children performing — wearing a T-shirt that troubled me. It was emblazoned with the photograph of what I suppose to be a “gangsta-rapper,” holding a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The image of the gun was menacingly pointed at whoever viewed it.

After the week our nation had, I couldn’t fathom how one person could be so insensitive. But it was a young person, relatively speaking, emulating the only thing our society seems to teach.

I was sincerely appalled and yet I have been a past member of the National Rifle Association and I’ve always supported the right of self protection. I still support these same principles, but I see nothing productive about the further promotion of mayhem in hopes of promoting the myth of glorious combat, which has never really existed.

I believe we must re-evaluate our positions and how we view our heritage.

To this end, I am asking all businesses that deal in the sale, manufacturing, importation, maintenance of or promotion of firearms, to include firearms magazines and catalogs, to voluntarily suspend their activities for one day, May 1.

I’d like a moratorium in memory of those who have died from violent attacks in our schools.

Perhaps Mayday will come to mean many more things than a day to simply consider the onset of spring and summer.

Mayday has in the past meant a call for help. Let it be that way now.

Raymond Atchley

Sheriff should look into Hotel Clovis
I read in the CNJ (April 18) that the sheriff is looking for more office space.

Instead of building a new office somewhere in town, why doesn’t the sheriff get together with the city and put some or all of that $300,000 grant into Hotel Clovis?

The money could be used to fix the first and/or second floor for office space and storage of evidence. This way it will appear the city and county are working together, trying to do something constructive with that hotel eyesore no one knows what to do with.

Steve Gershon