The gentleman who complained about the lateness of his mail delivery and also criticized the Postal Service -- specifically the Island Park office -- has inconsiderately expressed his opinions indirectly of his personal mail carrier, who happens to be my husband ["Businesses get better mail service," Letters, Feb. 18].

My husband has been a mail carrier for 30 years. Unfortunately, this gentleman's home is the last house on the route. Due to this terrible winter, he complained, he has been getting his mail at 4:30 p.m.

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He may not know that all mail that comes in for the day must be delivered the same day. If another carrier is absent, the others must deliver extra mail. This, and the additional time it takes to deliver the mail because of hazardous conditions, can make for late delivery for many customers.

My husband is respectful of the people on his route and strives to give each good service. He cares about his customers and watches out for them, and has known most of them for a very long time.

Perhaps this gentleman should consider getting a post office box, and he could pick up his mail much earlier, as early as 9 a.m.

Diana Caracciolo, Island Park