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Late package just beginning of problems with Post Office

Fred Bohner shouldn't feel alone ("Package arrives 3 weeks late despite overnight shipping," May 2). When I was living in an apartment and was out of town, I had a notice that I had a piece of mail too large to fit in my mail box.When I went in to pick it up, the worker told me that all mail is sent back after 10 days, and that is what they did with my mail. When I brought it to his attention that it had only been seven days, the guy shrugged.

Then when I bought my home on a newly opened street in Crescent City and am going on my third spring in the same home. A year ago all of my bills were returned undeliverable. When I took issue with the post office, the lady supervisor that I talked to asked me if I had any of the envelopes stamped undeliverable so that I could prove it. I told her that I would give her the name and number of all of my creditors that were hammering me with late fees. She told me that it wasn't her job to straighten out my problems and without the envelope stamped undeliverable. There was nothing that she could or would do. Like clock work, it happened again to me last month.

First and foremost, there should be a direct line to the district office in San Francisco that can be easily found so that we can make our complaints. There also ought to be a direct line to Washington D.C. to let them know why more and more people are using other delivery services and paying bills online.

It is really sad that any animal that gave up its life for food is left on a shelf for weeks or a person's credit is in jeopardy at the hands of an entity of the U.S. government's official delivery service – and then that service has the audacity to complain that it has to raise the rates again.

People are calling in and paying bills online because we distrust a service that we so counted on six days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Brenda Johnston

Crescent City

Plant hydrangeas to create stunning entrance into town

My thought for making this a better community is planting massed hydrangeas ("Help form a vision for community," May 4). Visitors are stunned by the beautiful blue hydrangeas we can grow here thanks to our acid soil.

Once established, hydrangeas need very little care. They form a nice compact bush whose blooms will last through the summer and withstand our strong winds. We have some nice examples of hydrangeas at the historical museum. The large bush on the west side has survived years of neglect without any ill effects (The newer plantings in front get more attention). Hydrangeas grown here have virtually no pests and need water only while being established, usually the first year.

Just imagine the S curve on U.S. Hwy 101 planted with a sea of blue hydrangeas – what a stunning entrance it would make. Even rows of hydrangeas planted along Beach Front Park would be beautiful. We could be the Hydrangea Capital of the World!

I am sure the local clubs would donate hydrangeas, and students could plant them under the supervision of the Sunrise Garden Club. Having people plant, water and prune might curb vandalism. Have a "Care for our Hydrangeas Weekend" once a year.

Gisela Rosengren

Crescent City

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