Fishing in the Dark...


You know, I hate to pick on a U. S. business in the same week we celebrate our independence, but then again, maybe it is somewhat fitting, given that our independence was in part, about freedom of speech. So here goes with the whining.
About two weeks agp, I went to pick up the mail at the post office for the Gazette. When I pulled everything out of the box, there was a postage due notice that I had to take in to the counter. There was something like 58 cents due on a piece of mail so I presented the little notice and 58 cents and they gave me the envelope.
Now I know 58 cents isn’t going to be the difference between eating or not this week but here’s the part that really caught my attention...and my ire.
The envelope was sent to the Gazette from the U. S. Postal Service. We get these often and they usually have a return address correction for a customer inside. But on this particular piece of mail, printed in the right hand corner where the postage is found is the statement, in English, in bold, very readable letters: “All Postage Paid by U.S. Postal Service”.
Wait a minute...what? If All Postage Paid by U.S. Postal Service, why am I having to shell out 58 cents to pick this thing up?
Now I understand (and have received more than once) mail from an individual that comes short some of the postage, usually due to a special size envelope or more in it than one postage stamp covers. And I don’t mind at all chipping in on those because they seem to me to be legitimate oversights--and generally not intentional.
But this deal left me bewildered. If the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t know how much postage to put on a letter, who does? And not only that but then what exactly does that statement in the postage corner mean?
It doesn’t say “Almost All Postage Paid”. It says “All Postage Paid by U.S. Postal Service”. So how can they get away with sending something postage due?
This is one of those times that you just walk away shaking your head and the thought that forms to some degree in your mind is, “who is in charge of this outfit anyway?”
I didn’t go back in and ask that day, mostly because I was on my way to somewhere else. But I do intend to go in and ask about this. I saved the envelope on the very, very, very slight possibility that it’s a misprint; but something in my gut says it isn’t. To be contnued...
Now, on to something with a bit more importance. Our son Randy was here this weekend and he took the jet ski out on the river, riding between Kelly Park and the Register Cliff access point.
He came upon a family who had several young children that were floating the river but they’d gotten on the water somewhere north of the Kelly Park area. After they capsized, they got to the shore but one little girl in the group was scared so badly that they asked Randy to take her down to the bridge. He did and then went back and took another, older child that was also scared, to the bridge as well.
These folks were not from Guernsey as far as I know so they likely had no idea the danger in which they had put themselves. The river sections in Kelly Park are notorious for undertows and it isn’t always obvious looking at the surface of the water. Even with a life jacket, you can be pulled under if you get caught in the wrong spot. Lives have been lost there and I want to mention this and hope you will all spread the word that if you want to float the river, start at the west river bridge and stay out of Kelly Park.
I shudder to think what could have happened to this family. Their holiday weekend could have ended up being a very sad memory.
It may seem a little nosy but I don’t think it’s a bad idea to let strangers to the area know when they’re someplace we know to be dangerous.
Even if it really is their responsibility to check initially, we don’t want any tragedies. it’s simply just being good to each other.

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