To the Editor,
Re: Paper carrier recounts perks, Oct. 7.
I was amazed to learn that there was actually a Newspaper Delivery Person Appreciation Week. But I want to make a suggestion to move this special week to December. This is, by far, the hardest month to do this job.
I started delivering the paper six years ago, with just one route. I eventually took on a second route, then a third. Just a couple of months ago, I got serious, and am now doing seven routes.
Last Thursday I was not able to finish the papers in one day. When I slipped off a porch in the pitch dark, I decided to play it safe and go home.
I know that after Christmas, things will get back to normal and the papers won’t be nearly as big. There are still a couple of Thursdays before Christmas, and I am doing my best to get those papers out to my customers. I know how important those flyers can be to some.
Please remember your delivery person this winter season, and take care of any icy driveways and porches. If you are heading out of town for the holidays, it is also a good idea to phone the office to have a ‘stop delivery’ noted on your address. Or at least tell your carrier that you will be out of town.
Now, all I need is for the snow to hold off, at least on Tuesdays and Thursdays.