Too painful to send Christmas cards from PO

Published: Tuesday | December 10, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The tradition of sending postcards at Christmas is nearly as old as the celebration of Christmas itself. Sending postcards may seem like a waste of time to some, especially in today's society when one can easily and instantly share one's experiences with friends and family through various social media, such as Facebook and Instagram.

However, there are many traditionalists who prefer to adhere to this fast-eroding practice in the digital age in which we live.

In recent times, the pleasure of sending postcards has become burdensome and time-consuming because of the number of stamps that are required for international postage to some destinations.

On a recent visit to the post office, it took me quite a while to complete placing a significant number of stamps on postcards. This was primarily because the post office either did not have stamps above $100 value, or they were out of higher-value stamps. Regardless of the reason, we need to look into it.

In the Yuletide season, everyone knows or should know that there is likely to be an increase in the demand for stamps. The Office of the Postmaster General has the responsibility to ensure that post offices operate efficiently. The office should look into the possibility of adding higher-value stamps, if they are not already in circulation. This would reduce the number of stamps required to mail postcards overseas.

Going to the post office should be a pleasant experience and those in authority should do all in their power to ensure this.

WAYNE CAMPBELL

waykam@yahoo.com

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