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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The City of Brazil is encouraging residents and business owners to clean off their sidewalks in order to allow postal carriers and students traveling to school to utilize the walkways rather than having to walk in the street.

For more information, call 443-2221.

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Confused by what the headline has to do with the paragraph?

-- Posted by County Taxpayer on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 7:17 PM
Response by Brazil Times:
A technical mistake. Sorry for that. But it has been corrected.

LOL....freedom1, do not confuse the United States Postal Service with the former United States Post Office.

United States Post Office: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

United States Postal Service: We are losing money, raise the rate. If we cannot reach it from the truck, oh, well.

Of course, many employees go above and beyond what they are officially required to do, many of them actually act like they work for the old Post Office and will do whatever it takes to deliver.

However, there is always the few. When I bought this house, I went down and changed my address. I received mail for a couple of days then it stopped. I didn't think anything about it as I wasn't expecting anything. After about ten days of not getting even junk mail, I decided to call. I was informed that deliver had been halted as I had a wall-mounted house box instead of one at the curb as the law required. I told them that it would have been nice if I had been informed and was told that they had sent me the standard form letter. I said that I would pick up my mail later as I had an appointment. I returned home to find a stranger's pickup in my drive. He got out of his vehicle and handed me a stack of mail. He identified himself as a postal worker and stated that he decided to deliver our mail on his way home from work. The bottom piece of mail was the letter from the Postal Service. The law that requires a curbside mailbox that was quoted was from before the existing structure was built, yet a curbside mail box was not required until I bought the property. It wasn't a big deal to put one in, what irritated me is that my mail was placed on hold before the letter informing me that it was going to be held was delivered.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 5:42 AM

I try my best to shovel my sidewalk whenever we have snow. But it is very aggravating when the city comes and throws the snow from the street back on my sidewalk, leaving snow that is compacted and deeper than what was there to begin with. Try shoveling that stuff!

I appreciate the street being plowed, but just don't expect me to risk my back and heart dealing with the result of it.

Classic story Leo!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 8:01 AM

I have been told it happens in the country you clear the drive way and the county truck comes along to clear the road and blocks the driveway. Oh well thats the way it goes.

-- Posted by bowling on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 11:39 AM

Really not that bad here...I grew up in New York and you were bound by law to clean the sidewalks in front of your house and place of business and if someone fell and you didn't, you were legally responsible. Those who didn't have someone to do the cleaning had to hire someone to. It was all part of the cost of living and everyone expected it. Gave kids a good way to earn money too. I shoveled a lot of snow....And mounds of it too as we got it in feet. Not inches like we do here.

This is nothing. I remember getting three feet the day before Thanksgiving and we had to delay celebrating with family until Saturday as no one could get anywhere. county had not prepared for it due to holiday and no school so not enough people on call. North of us a hundred miles or so nearer to Canada border you didn't have to worry about sliding off road into a ditch because there was a wall of snow over 10 feet high on either side of the road. I remember driving on those when going up to pick my brother up at college. If you slid you would just bounce off the sides like a ball in a pin ball machine.

Read Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Though not an entirely true story about farm life in New York State, the weather descriptions still accurate.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 1:43 PM

If the Letter Carrier deems the path to your mailbox on your house is unsafe, then the carrier cannot go to your box on the house. If the carrier slips and falls, and is injured, do you really want to deal with that? I don't think so. Medical bills being what they are. Same if the carrier gets bit by your dog. The PO will probably send you the bills. That is a lot of the reason for delivery from the vehicle. No slips and falls, and no dog bites. I know that there are NO lazy city carriers in Brazil. Most have over 500 deliveries, and some with over 600.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Fri, Jan 14, 2011, at 7:57 PM

My husband always makes sure that the snow is removed from our sidewalk and driveway, BUT our delivery person still walks through our yard. Same with our neighbors! We have a path of dead grass from each house in our neighborhood which is caused by our mail delivery person.

-- Posted by HeardItAll on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 9:58 AM

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