Back in the day, postal workers didn't need to drive

2013-02-14T00:00:00Z Back in the day, postal workers didn't need to drive
February 14, 2013 12:00 am

The U.S. Postal Services is stopping Saturday mail deliveries because of their financial shortcomings.

What I see in several towns is that every post office has its parking area packed with a fleet of trucks and vans. I can recall when the mail-delivery person would walk, brown pouch over his shoulders, to everyone's front door, where the mailbox was located. If the pouch became too heavy, he would resort to a "golf bag cart " on the sidewalk.

I fully understand that a van is necessary for rural routes. Surely today's men and women can accomplish the job, as those before them did.

I am not privileged to numbers the postal service is burdened with for the expense of those vans, including insurance and maintainenance.

- Henry Medendorp, Hobart

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