space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Wolverines' Chloe Gruszynski is M&O MVP; Rangers' Madelyn Schlies is Best on Defense
* Menominees Anderson is All- State First Team; is U.P. MVP
* Spring Turkey Season Begins April 15th
* State Nursery Seedling Orders Suspended
* Wolverines' Jaden Werner is M&O MVP; Coleman/Crivitz Take Two 1st Team Spots

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

From My Window

Issue Date: January 30, 2020

Janie Thibodeau Martin

Neither Rain, nor Snow".

I am a big fan of my rural mail carrier. Like most of the carriers who have provided service to me over the past decades, she does her best in very difficult weather conditions to deliver to my mailbox (or if there is a package, to my porch) six times a week; always gives a friendly wave, and apologizes when things don't go perfectly. From time to time rural carriers open mailboxes and find wasps, spiders and mice. Infrequently the surprise in the box is grimmer; my (now retired) mail carrier brother-in-law was one of the victims of a serial mailbox bomber in 2002 and we are grateful that although he was seriously injured, he survived. (He said other times he got much more enjoyable mailbox surprises from thoughtful customers, like freshly baked bread.) City carriers have to do a great deal of walking, exposed to all kinds of weather, and the necessity of approaching houses on foot subjected them to 6,244 dog attacks in 2017 alone.

Over the years I've known mail carriers who spotted lost animals and helped them get home; summoned emergency services for house fires and vehicle accidents; and reported elderly or frail customers who failed to pick up their mail as usual; causing relatives or authorities to intervene in what could have been a fatality. Few people know a neighborhood like a mail carrier, and I think of them as the unofficial "front line" of neighborhood watch contributors in a rural area like mine.

I am a heavy user of on-line communications; all the same, I also use mail a lot. I correspond regularly with quite a few people; some are cherished pre-computer generation loved ones, and some are column readers who choose to reach out to me via a letter. Others are relatives who are perfectly able to use text or e-mail, but like to pick up a funny or thoughtful card and send it, knowing I'll be delighted. And I enjoy returning the favor. I still mail birthday cards, and if the recipient is a youngster it might have sticks of gum in it; or a dollar bill.

I think electronic communications have been a big factor in the increasingly hostile manner in which some people communicate with one another, which is spreading from on-line forums to nasty in-person encounters. During electronic communications, the ability to "snap back" a reply to something that angers or frustrates us does not have that pause, that time for reconsideration, that accompanied the need to get a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp and a pen. Instead we respond in haste, and often repent at leisure after hitting "send."

None of us like the fact that postage stamps have increased in price. But I think 55 cents, less than the cost of a candy bar, is a cheap price for putting a smile on someone's face; my electronic communications are not actually "free," since I pay for the service.

I was thinking about these things when I saw that the current administration is considering privatizing the postal service.

The United States Postal Service was created early in our country's history. In 1792, George Washington and James Madison created legislation to allow newspaper companies to send papers through the mail service inexpensively, and to protect the privacy of personal correspondence from government screening. That action protects our right to political information free of government censorship; it also protects the privacy of our mailed communications.

There is no doubt the postal service needs financial changes. According to an interesting "Forbes" article I read, the postal service has received NO taxpayer money in 30 years. While it is a government agency (and according to polls, it is the most popular government agency we have,) it is considered "financially independent." Therefore, it has to support itself via sales of services such as stamps. At the same time it is the ONLY government agency required to fully fund its retirement liability. (Try to find any business that does that these days!) And congress has to authorize any change in service rates; the postal service cannot make changes on their own. It is a messed-up system, and it's really no wonder the service is struggling financially. But I wish there would be consideration to fixing the convoluted financial problems, and not privatizing the entire service. (And I am mystified; why, with our national debt increasing steadily the last couple years and currently at more than $23 TRILLION, are our leaders concerned about the $13 billion postal service debt?)

Change is inevitable. The use of computers has reduced the need to mail things such as payments; but those in rural areas where computer services are slow, unavailable or costly have a barrier to this option. And many people are uncomfortable with such methods, or question the security of their credit cards in on-line transactions.

I bet privatization would result in both higher costs to consumers, and almost immediate service reductions including facility location closures and delivery day reductions. I worry about my two beloved weekly newspapers and my monthly magazines, already beleaguered, who utilize "printed material" rates for delivery. A privatized mail service would be under no obligation to keep rates low for such material. It would also result in creation of replacement jobs that likely would pay less with fewer benefits than what is currently earned by postal service employees. Overall, I don't think that's good for any of us.

I will watch warily if this initiative is pursued.

In the meantime, thank you postal service employees. I appreciate you six times a week when I get my mail. I appreciate dropping a card in outgoing mail, knowing in three days or so someone I love will have a bright spot in their day. I love getting paper birthday cards, Christmas greetings and postcards from friends who are traveling. I hate reading newspapers and magazines on line. I hope I never have to adjust to a computer screen for those things, because it just isn't the same.

Thanks Ken, for your assistance on this column.

You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: JanieTMartin@gmail.com.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-08-2020Front Page
Get Park Ready

04-08-2020
Elections Held on April 7, No Results Before April 13

04-08-2020Front Page
Badger Campground Open to Responders

04-08-2020Front Page
Marinette, Oconto Counties Are Discouraging Visitors

04-08-2020Front Page
Sheriff Reports On Activities, Accomplishments In 2019

04-08-2020Community - Coleman
Larry Wilson Not Listed As Coleman Candidate

04-08-2020Community - Coleman
Lena Lion's Annual Fish Fry Postponed

04-08-2020Community - Coleman
Pound Woman's Club Cancel April Meeting

04-08-2020Community - Coleman
Postpone Pound Woman's Club 100 Year Celebration

04-08-2020Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Cancels Meeting

04-08-2020Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive is April 15

04-08-2020Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue Offer Scholarships

04-08-2020Obituaries
Rose M. Buechler

04-08-2020Obituaries
Richard Dollhopf 

04-08-2020Obituaries
Bernice Ellmann

04-08-2020Obituaries
Germain E. Friedland

04-08-2020Obituaries
Sheila N. Hammerberg

04-08-2020Obituaries
Kathleen M. Heim

04-08-2020Obituaries
Albert E. Ingram, Jr.

04-08-2020Obituaries
Kenneth H. LaCount

04-08-2020Obituaries
Roy Marquardt

04-08-2020Obituaries
Bradley A. Mattrisch

04-08-2020Obituaries
Daniel Murphy

04-08-2020Obituaries
Melvin J. Warrichaiet

04-08-2020Obituaries
Phyllis D. Watermolen

04-08-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-08-2020Perspectives
From My Window

04-08-2020Perspectives
From our readers

04-08-2020Sports
Wolverines' Chloe Gruszynski is M&O MVP; Rangers' Madelyn Schlies is Best on Defense

04-08-2020Sports
Menominees Anderson is All- State First Team; is U.P. MVP

04-08-2020Sports
Spring Turkey Season Begins April 15th

04-08-2020Sports
State Nursery Seedling Orders Suspended

04-01-2020Sports
Wolverines' Jaden Werner is M&O MVP; Coleman/Crivitz Take Two 1st Team Spots

04-01-2020Sports
Norway Speedway Remains On Track To Open Late May

04-01-2020Sports
In-Person Deer Planning Public Meetings Canceled

04-01-2020Sports
The Month of March Has Been Maddening in High School Sports

04-01-2020Obituaries
Ernest C. Alsteen, Jr.

04-01-2020Obituaries
Robert N. Ducaine

04-01-2020Obituaries
Donna M. Fiel

04-01-2020Obituaries
Eleanore M. Forney

04-01-2020Obituaries
Bernice A. Forslund

04-01-2020Obituaries
Diane Kielcheski

04-01-2020Obituaries
Eleanor A. McMahon

04-01-2020Obituaries
Melissa Peters

04-01-2020Obituaries
Hazel M. Peterson

04-01-2020Obituaries
Sharon Ray Polaski

04-01-2020Obituaries
Alfred L. Schroeder, Jr.

04-01-2020Obituaries
Arlene R. Stankevich

04-01-2020Obituaries
Karen H. Thomas

04-01-2020Obituaries
Florence Toetz

04-01-2020Obituaries
Leroy A. Wagner Jr.

04-01-2020Obituaries
Eleanore G. Werner

04-01-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-01-2020Perspectives
From My Window

04-01-2020Perspectives
From our readers

04-01-2020Community - Wausaukee
Legion Post 66 Meeting Date Changes

04-01-2020Community - Wausaukee
Red Cross Blood Drive April 15th

04-01-2020Community - Wausaukee
Postpone Lion Flower Sale

04-01-2020Community - Crivitz
Cancel April 8 LNRD Meeting

04-01-2020Community - Crivitz
Town of Stephenson Postpones Annual Meet

04-01-2020Community - Crivitz
Northwoods Church on Facebook Live

04-01-2020Community - Crivitz
Food Pantry Needs Donors

04-01-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman/Pound Lions Cancel Brunch on Apr. 5

04-01-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board Cancelled

04-01-2020Community - Coleman
Cancel April Woman's Club

04-01-2020Front Page
Flood Areas

04-01-2020Front Page
Absentee Ballots Encouraged For Elections Tuesday, April 7

04-01-2020Front Page
Peshtigo City Council Adopts Emergency COVID-19 Rules

04-01-2020Front Page
County Approves $453,986 For Niagara Highway 141 Project

04-01-2020Front Page
Peshtigo, BPM, Inc. Access Dispute May End Up In Court

03-25-2020Front Page
Westlund Bus Delivers

03-25-2020Front Page
Wisconsin, Michigan Governors Issue Orders to Stay at Home

03-25-2020Front Page
Executive Committee, Not County Board, To Meet By Phone March 31

03-25-2020Front Page
PFAS, Roads, County Issues Aired At Porterfield Meeting

03-25-2020Front Page
Peshtigo Times Lists Hours For Coronavirus Outbreak

03-25-2020Community - Crivitz
2020 PTSD Run Sponsor Requests

03-25-2020Community - Crivitz
Change Sip for Cause Date

03-25-2020Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Office Openings During Closure

03-25-2020Community - Crivitz
Mental Health Conference Cancelled at Crivitz School

03-25-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman/Pound Lions Cancel Brunch on Apr. 5

03-25-2020Community - Wausaukee
Village Hall Closed March 20

03-25-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-25-2020Perspectives
From My Window

03-25-2020Perspectives
From Our Readers

03-25-2020Sports
Coleman Wrestlers Claim 13 All Conference Spots

03-25-2020Sports
Three Bulldog Grapplers Grab Packerland Top Team Spots

03-25-2020Sports
Tackmier & Lund Picked For Packerlands Top Hoops Teams

03-25-2020Sports
Kitzinger/Walker are NEC First Team Selections

03-25-2020Obituaries
Julie A. Andersen

03-25-2020Obituaries
Tonee Bowsher

03-25-2020Obituaries
Wallace L. Bradle

03-25-2020Obituaries
Charles V. Buelteman

03-25-2020Obituaries
Robin K. Dickson

03-25-2020Obituaries
Nick Kinziger

03-25-2020Obituaries
William R. Luedtke

03-25-2020Obituaries
Wyona M. Marx

03-25-2020Obituaries
Carol J. Mattson

03-25-2020Obituaries
Ronald Milbrath

03-25-2020Obituaries
Sister Pauline Quinn

03-25-2020Obituaries
Dorothy J. Trevor

03-18-2020
Charmaine Behnke

03-18-2020Obituaries
Franklin D. Biernat

03-18-2020Obituaries
Leonard F. Brault

03-18-2020Obituaries
Beverly A. Casperson

03-18-2020Obituaries
Mary A. Colassacco

03-18-2020Obituaries
Earl R. Cummings Sr.

03-18-2020Obituaries
Carol F. Hoida

03-18-2020Obituaries
Joyce Kramer

03-18-2020Obituaries
Jeffrey Marsh

03-18-2020Obituaries
Lorraine M. Nelson

03-18-2020Obituaries
Pamela K. Nightwine

03-18-2020Obituaries
Lyle A. Perkins III

03-18-2020Obituaries
Eunice L. Pickl

03-18-2020Obituaries
Faye D. Ruleau

03-18-2020Obituaries
Steven A. Schmitt

03-18-2020Obituaries
James L. Smejkal III

03-18-2020Obituaries
Richard W. Streifel

03-18-2020Obituaries
Donald L. Van Hefty

03-18-2020Obituaries
Phyllis E. Wilson

03-18-2020Obituaries
Dona F. Wolf

03-18-2020Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-18-2020Perspectives
From our readers

03-18-2020Perspectives
From My Window

03-18-2020Sports
Menominee Rolls To Win In Semis

03-18-2020Sports
Wausaukee Loses Heart Breaker To Laona/Wabeno

03-18-2020Sports
Governor Evers Executive Order Suspends Spring Sports Seasons

03-18-2020Sports
Peshtigo River Bow Hunters Award Winners

03-18-2020Community - Wausaukee
Prospectors Club Meets March 21

03-18-2020Community - Wausaukee
Town of Athelstane Okays Surveying Road

03-18-2020Community - Wausaukee
Prospectors Club Meets March 21

03-18-2020Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Board Meeting on Fire Truck Insurance

03-18-2020Community - Crivitz
Loomis Unit 276 Marks 100th Year

03-18-2020Community - Crivitz
Nine at Even Monday Cards

03-18-2020Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Fire Department Auxiliary Fundraiser Cancelled

03-18-2020Community - Coleman
Cancel Breakfast at St. Matthew Church

03-18-2020Community - Coleman
Coleman Plans to Host Kids T-Ball

03-18-2020Community - Coleman
Hillside North Offers After School Program

03-18-2020Community - Coleman
Lena School Staff Serves 507 at Supper

03-18-2020Front Page
Tavern League Donation

03-18-2020Front Page
Coronavirus: Stay Home Or Keep Your Distance

03-18-2020Front Page
Peshtigo Town Board To Install High Water Signs

03-18-2020Front Page
Peshtigo City Hall Closed Except for Absentee Vote

03-18-2020Front Page
Lambie Named To Replace Dzurick As Marinette School Superintendent

03-11-2020Obituaries
Lois Ambrosius

03-11-2020Obituaries
Wayne O. Anderson

03-11-2020Obituaries
Bruce J. Bourdelais

03-11-2020Obituaries
Tonee Bowsher

03-11-2020Obituaries
Dennis F. Champagne

03-11-2020Obituaries
Mary M. Cohorst

03-11-2020Obituaries
Brenda Dessart


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should the Marinette County Board size be reduced?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2020
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites