SNAIL MAIL SHAME
THE overseas postal service has become a well-discussed subject.
I have just had an 80th birthday and have been fortunate to receive many calls from overseas with birthday wishes and always the question: "Did you receive our card?".
On a dozen occasions the reply had to be "not yet", which I found very embarrassing.
Yes, the greeting cards have arrived, taking 12-14 days to find their way into my mail box.
Thank you postie for the morning deliveries – a vast improvement to mid or late afternoon.
I understand from a staff member of the post office when I made an enquiry that Perth mail is bundled along the Nullarbor Plain, not the airmail service expected by the sender.
Yet 10 years ago mail arrived within five days.
We now have a very expensive service with extended delivery times.
It would appear our mail is no longer important.
Email is very useful to business, but a very "cold" way for a personal reason or important legal documents that need a signature.
National express is hardly express either. We now have a very expensive service that is no longer fast.
The increase in online purchasing should counteract the decline in ordinary mail and cost estimating spread across the board.
The cost of postage is now getting beyond people's means.
The cost of letters is now $2.95 to the UK. Outrageous, but no doubt we would be told it’s in line with other countries. This is Australia. The country of a fair go.
Our ex-head of Australia Post thinks he has done a very good job streamlining our postal services. That is a matter of opinion. J SMITH, Kallaroo.