Could five days of mail delivery reduce the Postal Service's collateral damage?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The March 22 news story "Postal Service to propose five-day week" was accompanied by a photo of a mail carrier stepping across a fence between two rowhouses. I have also seen postal carriers doing this in my neighborhood and at my house. Do carriers really need to hop fences this way? It's not only ungainly and indelicate, but in some cases it's bad for the fence.

Having had front-porch flowers and plants trampled this way by postal carriers, I would welcome five-day-a-week mail delivery. It's no surprise that the Postal Service continues to lose business to the Internet and other private-sector alternatives.

Phil Helbling, Washington

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