2011-09-02 / Letters

Hurricane Delivery

Dear Editor,

ALERT! It’s the eve of a level 2 hurricane; barreling towards the northeast coast are winds of over 100 mph. Your local post office (yes, located in Far Rockaway, which is below sea level) will be open tomorrow, Saturday, August 27. The letter carriers have been mandated to report to work at 6:30 a.m.. We will man vehicles called LLVs, (long-life vehicles which have already surpassed their 24-year lifespan). We will deliver to homes with boarded up windows, tied down patio furniture, deserted driveways. Apartment buildings with no elevator service (after all the OEM- office of emergency management has personally delivered demands to vacate). And yes, while Rockawayans respond to Mayor Bloomberg’s mandatory evacuation, and leave, we will be headed toward your empty domiciles.

Hopefully, we will be able to return home safely and evacuate, too.


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Linda, Irene was a tropical

Linda, Irene was a tropical storm not a Cat 2 hurricane. Some argue you can judge the health of a country by the efficiency and timeliness of their mail system. Considering that the NY Post Office's main branch has, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," all I could add is, you were doing your job. Consider, for a moment the lot of the orchestra on the Titanic, who played as long as possible in order to calm the passengers. Among them--none survived. Comparatively, you got off pretty good.

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