Letters (May 17, 2017)

Postmaster says thanks for support

I want to thank those in the Florence, Peabody and Marion communities, who have been so supportive following the recent wave of dog attacks. I am happy to report the three postal carriers involved have recovered, and are back delivering the mail.

I appreciate all those who have moved their mailboxes, and those who restrain their dogs, to allow their carriers to deliver the mail safely.

Recently our carriers reported seeing fewer unrestrained dogs as they delivered the mail. We are hopeful this trend of responsible pet ownership continues into the summer months when children are out of school, and our carriers tend to see more dogs running loose.

Here are some tips to help keep our carriers safe:

• If a carrier delivers a certified letter or a package to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.

• Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

The Postal Service is working hard to provide the best possible service for all customers. If you have a question or a particular service issue, please contact me at 620-382-2363, or call 1-800-ASK-USPS or visit us at usps.com/help.

On behalf of our carriers, thank-you for your continued support and cooperation. We appreciate your business.

Lori Kelsey, postmaster


Backyard surprise much appreciated

I had planned to mow my yard last Tuesday, as it was admittedly quite tall and definitely needed mowing. But when I looked out my window I discovered that someone had already mowed it—at least the backyard. I checked with some of my neighbors around me, but none of them took credit.

So…to the mystery mower, I just want to say thank you very much!

You took one of my least favorite tasks in the world and made it much less unpleasant as I only had the front yard and one strip along the house to mow in order to finish the rest of the yard that day!

Kevin Hower