Letters to the editor for Dec. 11
It’s hard to stay ahead of bad weather. The snow and ice always seem to know when we have plans, special things we need to do, or when we just want to stay inside, warm and toasty.
No matter when it comes or what else we need to do, when bad weather hits, it’s important to act. We each owe it to our families, our neighbors and our letter carriers to make sure our property is safe and accessible.
That means keeping our walkways and the approach to the mailbox clear of snow and ice so no one gets hurt, and so postal employees can provide the best possible service, even in the worst weather. For the safety of our employees, and possible liability issues relating to your property, they are not required to dismount from their vehicles to serve your mailbox if your mailbox is normally served directly from their vehicles. Snow berms in front of your mailbox must be cleared before they will be able to deliver your mail to you.
The Postal Service delivers to more than 138 million homes, businesses and P.O. boxes six days a week, to mountains, valleys and lower still. Postal employees deliver mail where even helicopters can’t go – to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They do it by mule train. They deliver door-to-door in the Everglades, too – by boat. Mail service coast-to-coast, and then some. And in doing so, letter carriers encounter every kind of bad weather our nation knows.
With our help, the Postal Service can provide us with uninterrupted service and fulfill the famous phrase: “Neither rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Postmaster, South Lake Tahoe
Your editorial “Ski resorts should implement tougher safety policies after accidental death” in the Dec. 7-9 weekend edition was completely wrong.
This country has become full of finger-pointers who file lawsuits and do-gooders deciding how everyone else should live.
The accidental death of Ryan Moore is a tragedy. Could it have been prevented? Maybe. Should we let one accident govern the way everyone else must act? Definitely not.
America is supposed to be the land of the free, home of the brave. Anyone over the age of 18 should decide for themselves if they want to use the restraint bar or a helmet at a ski resort. Adults should be free to choose. It’s bad enough that we have seat belt and motorcycle helmet laws because of the insurance companies. Yes, those laws save some lives, but they eliminate our freedom of choice.
Drunk driving kills people; why not outlaw alcohol? Car crashes kill people, too. Why don’t we outlaw cars? Ban pepperoni pizzas and cigarettes? That would save lives. Ridiculous.
As Benjamin Franklin said: “Those who would trade liberty for safety deserve neither.”
South Lake Tahoe