Clear the path for mail carrier

Dear Editor,
I have nothing but sympathy for the mail carrier in this
article. United States Postal Service Domestic Mail Manual DMM
D041,1.4 Clear Approach, sates:

Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of
obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. If USPS employees
are impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the postmaster may
withdraw delivery service.

Dear Editor,

I have nothing but sympathy for the mail carrier in this article. United States Postal Service Domestic Mail Manual DMM D041,1.4 Clear Approach, sates: “Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. If USPS employees are impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the postmaster may withdraw delivery service.”

The postal patrons in your article should concetrate on how to keep clear mailboxes, instead of trying to get the carrier to dismount all the time.

USPS has been working for years to control costs, it seems patrons don’t want postage rate increases, but they are unwilling to do what it takes to control costs.

Mr. Chatham is incorrect in saying it is illegal to withhold his mail when his box is blocked. If carriers continue to dismount at blocked boxes, they would be blocked even more often. Instead of looking at the carrier as inconsiderate or lazy, look to each other and solve the blocked boxes.

Janelle Lutgen, Dubuque, IA

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