I cannot remember the last time I received a card in the mail from someone other than my grandparents. In this day and age, greeting cards seem like a thing from the past. So when I read a letter in the News Tribune in which the postal service was blamed for a card shop in Miller Hill Mall closing, I was surprised (Readers Views: “It’s no wonder fewer are mailing cards,” March 31).
I don’t think slow mail or higher postage rates were as much of a cause of the shop closing as the fact there isn’t a high demand for greeting cards anymore.
Another letter in response brought up how greeting cards can sell for $6 to $7 and are from China. I could see paying $6 if the cards were homemade. But as a part of the future generation of adults who will be supporting the economy, I would not spend $6 on a card. I could probably buy it elsewhere at half the price on the unique occasion where I would have to buy a card.
These letters to the editor addressed the postal service having slow mailing time, and I think slow mailing time is something that happens and shouldn’t make people upset. When the roads are bad — and, living in northern Minnesota, I know we all have experienced that — sometimes commutes take longer than expected. And when the weather is nice, traffic increases, which also increases commuting times. Postal workers are no exception to this. Postal workers work in all weather conditions and also have to adjust to road conditions for their safety and for others’ safety. If that means my mail will be a little late, I’m OK with that, and I feel like others should be, too.