Bernie Goldbach (topgold) wrote,
Bernie Goldbach
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What's wrong with a laneside mailbox?

I grew up along a county road in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. At the end of our driveway stood our family mailbox. Once a day, the mailman drove by and dropped off any letters we had. He would also pick up letters we had placed in the postbox. We knew we had post in the box because he would raise the metal flag after placing our letters inside the postbox.

In Ireland, post comes to the door and into your mailslot. Sometimes this means the postman drives down a long laneway to deliver the items. This costs money.

When An Post, the Irish national postal service, announced it would like to convert to a laneside drop-off service, more than 750 people expressed their displeasure at losing an element of their rural lifestyle. Having lived a rural lifestyle with end-of-lane mail service, I can say that I didn't feel deprived. Having to subsidise rural residents during a time of burgeoning labour costs, I'm a little miffed that I must give my tax money to mail service when it could be better spent for hospital beds or support of the homeless.

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