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Readers passionate about postal plan

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A total of 12,500 addresses in north Winnipeg will lose home mail delivery this fall, but not everyone is complaining about Canada Post's switch to community mailboxes.

Community mailboxes have been all over Canada for over a decade already. The elderly have never once complained about them. The only people complaining about this switchover are the unionized postal workers, who've been living large off of the government teat for decades. Sorry kids, the gravy train is coming to its final stop.

-- 23539022

It is no big deal to walk a little bit to a community mailbox. We already walk a block or two when we wish to mail a letter. The exercise will do most of us good. I do understand that there are some people out there who are unable to get to a community box. Virtually all of them can have a neighbour, friend, or child pick up their mail at the box once or twice a week. There is not much urgent mail that must be dealt with immediately.

-- mr. spelchek

I don't understand why the price of stamps has to go up so much if they are going to save all this money. And it might be easy for you to pop over and get your mail, but how about the people that have disabilities or are seniors? How easy is it going to be for them? Oh yeah, they need the exercise, right?

-- KK26

Great idea. I no longer get any of my bills in the mail anyways. My Canada Post "mail" mostly consists of a pizza delivery flyer. Great way to spend $28/hr delivering pizza flyers. I'm all for community mailboxes everywhere.

-- EKResident

I hated my community box when I went away. The first time I went away the thing jammed so full they had to hold back the mail and I had to pick it up at the post office in town. The second time we gave the key to the neighbour, who kept it emptied. Now that I am in a location with home delivery, have always had a neighbour empty it.

-- beekpr1

It's time to end Canada Post's monopoly and allow the private sector to compete. Perhaps a private company can deliver door-to-door and still make money... or simply reduce the days of delivery to make it lucrative.

-- J Haier

Gonna hate this. Having to bundle up for the -40 C walk to pick up the mail over unplowed sidewalks and roads will be a large pain in the a--. Other seasons will be OK. For seniors? This will be unbearable. People think seniors should be able to walk a block in the winter to get their mail, because they can still live in their own home. Not so! Many seniors have driveways plowed by hiring people; lawns mowed by hiring people. Grocery stores, most do deliveries... for a fee. Many seniors are on fixed incomes. Now they'll have to hire to get their mail.

-- Tyne59

How do seniors or people with disabilities get to the store to buy necessities? They'll get their mail the same way. Not to mention the fact that 95% of seniors are capable of walking a half a block down the street to get their mail. Same with people with disabilities. Do you think these people are all hermits that never leave their homes?

-- 23539022

It's about time. This, and many other public sector groups live on bloated incomes with lucrative benefits. They don't want to be on wage parity with the private sector, so cut jobs. I'm in.

-- ITGeek57

I like having a community mailbox. If you go away on holidays you don't have to worry about your mail -- it stays locked up securely while you're gone; and it's really quite easy to pop over and get your mail when you get home from work. As well, it saves the grass in my front yard, as I don't have anyone walking over it to take shortcuts from one house to the next.

-- 23668507

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 23, 2014 A10

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