The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 1, 2014

Readers' Forum 2-1 | Make mail carriers' job less hazardous

JOHNSTOWN — Severe wintry weather conditions can create challenges for everyone, especially those whose job requires them to work outside in the elements. Postal letter carriers are among those who brave the snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain and below-zero temperatures to provide service to the community.

Letter carriers can be the first to visit someone’s home before snow removal or salting begins. That’s why I’m asking Johnstown residents to include the regular upkeep of residential mailboxes as part of any snow and ice removal routine. 

Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways and street approaches – will help letter carriers get those cards and packages delivered in a safe and timely manner. Residents receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear. 

It is important to note that friends and neighbors will also benefit from clear sidewalks and walkways as they travel to school, go to work and attempt to shop at nearby businesses. And don’t forget the physical, emotional and potential financial toll on anyone who slips, trips or falls in the snow or on the ice.

Taking the time and making the effort to keep walkways, steps and mailboxes clear of snow and ice will help your letter carrier deliver the mail, prevent injuries and help make you a good neighbor in our community.

Michael P. Hudak Jr.

Johnstown Postmaster

We’ve replaced dignity with vulgarity

Whatever happened to the old-fashioned word dignity?

Now we have a “vulgar” America.

Bill Rohal


More to VFWs than the smoke

In response to Thomas Sabo’s article (“Are VFWs promoting slow form of suicide?”), published Jan. 24, I am a proud social member of the VFW.

As I look through the smoke (according to Sabo) I see proud, active members who served our country in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iran and Afghanistan in order that Sabo could write an article defacing these people.

He is on the same level as Jane Fonda.

The members, both active and social, choose to go to the VFW to see friends and active men and women who served our country. I’ll bet that’s not his choice.

Maybe Sabo should come around when meetings are held to see where the dues and the revenue from the social club are spent. For example: kids at Christmas, baseball teams in the summer and to help people in distress, to name a few.

Within the smoke is something Sabo will never understand. It is a personal choice to go to the VFW, where there is smoke.

Butch Sheehan


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