Postal Service Should Restore Local Service To Pearlington

The U.S. Postal service, which disappeared for weeks after Hurricane Katrina, is now disappearing again in the Pearlington community of Hancock County.

People who had P.O. Boxes in Pearlington before the storm now have to drive 40 miles roundtrip to pick up their mail in Bay St. Louis. And that trip is becoming a financial hardship to these taxpayers.

They just want their mail delivered to boxes in their hometown. But officials at the Post Office have a typical bureaucratic response, saying, "Post Office Box delivery by definition occurs in a Post Office. This delivery takes place through box sections housed within a secure structure and not freestanding out in the open."

What!?! The federal government has spent billions of dollars for hurricane recovery. Surely the post office can spend a few thousand federal dollars putting up some mail boxes. By not doing so, the post office is turning its back on the public it is supposed to serve.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager