Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Not much sympathy for mailbox complaints
Some north Winnipeg residents are unhappy with Canada Posts's proposed locations for super-mailboxes, part of a system that will eventually replace home mail delivery. Most readers thought concerns about their placement were unfounded.
Well, the NIMBY crowd is alive and well in Winnipeg -- along with the "Change is good, you go first" crowd. It amazes me how many people think this change is another step on the path to the end of the world, worrying about traffic, the elderly, snow-clearing and the like. Please, get a life -- the world is not about to end because of this change, and you might even find it's a little bit better. I've lived with both, and frankly, I like the community boxes. There was not one downside. Old people got a little exercise (it's good for them), very few drove to the boxes, and people actually had a chance to say hi to their neighbours instead of hiding in their houses with today's flyers.
Putting a mailbox in front of a park... real smart. How can you tell this is a federal government initiative?
Seems to me like this whole situation has been brought about by the union and its members. As well, why have all these concerns never been a problem for all the areas that have had these community boxes for decades? Do those areas exclude the physically challenged and elderly from living in their neighbourhoods? If so, why isn't this a bigger concern because of discrimination and human rights violations? If not, why all the complaining? Simply a federal union trying to save jobs?
-- Please listen
Would you really want this on your front boulevard? Really? I see Winnipeg is one of the cities that endorsed these boxes. Perhaps a tax cut is in order for those who will have these ugly boxes right in front of their houses. These are not going on main streets but in front of residential homes. But as long as there's lots of money for government mail-outs, what's the worry? On second thought, don't clog my box with those.
So people are complaining they're going to have to walk "miles" through monumental snowbanks to get their mail, but they don't want a mailbox near their home.
Currently, only one-third of Canadians get their mail delivered to the door. The rest have community mailboxes or have to pick up their mail at the local post office. It's understandable some people are upset, but they will not get sympathy from the majority of Canadians.
Note mail is more secure in community mailboxes compared with being left in an unlocked mailbox at a home. In addition, parcels are left in parcel compartments, so you do not need to go to the post office for pickup; it's more convenient.
Looks like Canada Post's corporate greed must be responsible. Why not take the $1.2 billion in corporate welfare the CBC receives and use it for home mail delivery?
At one time, milk used to be delivered to our doorstep. Now we buy it at the store. Change with the times. I for one am looking forward to community mailboxes when they come to our area.
We have lived in our area for 25 years and have had the community mailboxes the entire time. We are happy to have them. We had home delivery at our last house and find the security of community mailboxes much better. We live right next to a park entrance and the mailbox is located very near to the entrance... there has never been a problem with safety or excessive traffic. Most people enjoy the walk. You don't need to go for the mail every day unless something important to you is expected. Accepting change can be difficult for some people, but the community boxes really work well.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 15, 2014 A10
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