Retiring Postmaster Offers His Thanks
After 32-plus years of service, the last nine of which have been as Southern Pines' postmaster, I am calling it a career. I'm starting a new chapter in my life, and whether it is in teaching, lowering my golf handicap or simply traveling to New Jersey to see my new granddaughter, it will begin April 30.
For those I have met over those nine years, I hope the interactions were professional and courteous. As many of you know, we are having another rate hike on May 11, as the postal service is not immune to the financial quagmire that has engulfed this country.
Please don't take out your frustrations on the clerks serving you at the counter. They are merely the messengers, assisting you the best way they know how. They try to smile when you get upset at all the questions they ask, but it is a condition of their employment.
I wonder if you get as angry with the paper-hat-wearing teenager who asks, "Would you like fries with that?"
I also ask that you take the time to learn the name of your regular mail carrier. Being called by name instead of "Hey, mailman," makes him or her feel cared about as a person.
Many mail carriers have delivered your mail for longer than I have been here. They've watched your families grow up and move on to start lives of their own.
Finally, to my many friends and acquaintances in the community, stop in and say goodbye during the next few weeks. I will miss the conversation and banter I have enjoyed with you. And try to go easy on my replacement. Trust me, this job is not as easy as it looks.
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