Postal service

Chicagoans know the US Postal Service isn’t working properly

Chicagoans are appalled by the letter that US Postal Service spokesman Tim Norman wrote to the Sun-Times. Norman really has no idea what’s going on with our mail.

It was 7:30 p.m. when my mail arrived last week, which is better than not receiving anything at all. The mail sent to me on Christmas Eve in Chicago has not yet been delivered.

The news of Chicago postmaster Eddie Morgan — who lasted about seven months on the job — back in Missouri is very telling. Post offices are dirty and disorganized. The management is arrogant and does not follow its own rules. As postage rates increase, delivery becomes slower.

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I once supported US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, but not anymore. America needs a new postmaster general. We need a new person who understands that the US Postal Service is for everyone, including those in big cities like Chicago.

Steven J. Bahnsen, Douglas

Reconsider the Moratorium on Electronic Surveillance

Emilio Corripio, the gang member who allegedly shot and killed 8-year-old Melissa Ortega as she walked with her mother, shouldn’t have been on the street. He is 16 and has been arrested for carjacking three times in the past year, each time with a gun, including punching someone in the face with it. That he was sentenced to three years probation for three armed carjackings is a joke. The state’s attorney and the judge involved should be shamed and reassigned.

Chief Justice Timothy Evans has defended his court reforms and a mandate to send fewer defendants to await trial in the county jail. Evans said the purpose of juvenile court is to try to rehabilitate minors. He also said the court’s job was to keep the public safe. Well, clearly in Corripio’s case the court failed and in the process two people were shot and an 8 year old child was killed. A moratorium on electronic surveillance of defendants charged with a violent crime may not be a bad idea.

Richard Barber, Mount Greenwood

Making sense of the mask mandate

I’m a waiter at a restaurant in River North. I am fully vaccinated and boosted, and recently recovered from a mild case of COVID. So, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health, I have the highest possible form of immunity.

We check the vaccination status of each customer who enters our establishment and, once seated, they are authorized to remove their mask. So please explain to me, why do I have to keep wearing a mask throughout my shift?

I clearly remember that the original reason for the mask requirements was to protect the unvaccinated. I’m clearly not anti-vaxx, but would love to hear a scientific reason for this continued mandate.

John Getzinger, Evanston