Give our mail carriers a break

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I agree with Kathy Capone that our Oak Park "mail carriers have been heroic" during our recent long spell of record-breaking snow and arctic weather [Viewpoints, Feb.19]. Even though we Oak Parkers generally shovel our walks and steps, it still has been difficult to keep icy bumps from forming on our sidewalks under the new layers of snow. 

In addition, as I have found from trying to walk to our nearby grocery store, it has been very difficult to cross the streets at many corners, where huge mounds of icy snow have collected from the plowing and shoveling. 

Although I told our mail lady, on a day when the weather was especially bad, that she did not need to deliver our mail — which is about 90% junk mail, anyway! — until the weather was better, she courageously continued to deliver our mail every day anyway. She, too, often had to deliver our mail in the dark, wearing a flashlight on her head in order to see. 

Nothing I received in my mail during those exceptionally frigid days was worth my mail lady's risking a bad fall and broken bones. 

I, too, along with Ms. Capone, think that it would be a good idea in the future to have a policy that our mail can be delivered a couple of days later or picked up at the post office through special arrangement on days when the weather is too bad to send children to school.

Marsda Conner

Oak Park

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not so sure  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 2:31 PM

fine, as long as I don't pay them for the day.

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