Rain, sleet and temperature checks-Letter to the editor

Published 2:30 pm Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Rain, sleet and temperature checks

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Really? It’s true that protecting old people from Covid19 isn’t specifically mentioned in that famous creed. However, the elderly residents of Tryon Estates, some of the kindest and most generous people you’ll ever meet, have been delivering their own mail for the last few months. All because the all-powerful Postal Workers’ Union refuses to let mail carriers come on campus if they are required to have their temperatures taken and answer a few questions before entering.

An uncomplaining group of 80-year-olds has therefore been sorting—and then delivering to individual apartments–the sometimes unsorted trays of mail brought to the gatehouse. This chore has now been taken over by staff members here at Tryon Estates, but it still somehow doesn’t seem right. Mail carriers should carry mail!
Just to be perfectly clear, we LOVE the postal workers at our local Columbus Post Office; they are unfailingly friendly, polite, knowledgeable and helpful.

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Sally Dayton