Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 3, 2014

Feb. 3, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Protect yourself; protect mail carriers

On Saturday, Jan. 25, a Kokomo letter carrier was viciously attacked by a dog while on her route.

She was waiting on the customer to bring her outgoing mail from inside the house, where the dog was. (A service we gladly provide.) The dog bolted out of the house when the door was opened.

This letter carrier received an open fracture to her index finger on her left hand. An open fracture is when the skin is torn and the bone is broken. She also received a compression injury to her right wrist. This injury is more painful than a sprain.

The dog took the carrier to the ground and was going for her back before a Good Samaritan came to her rescue and kicked the dog off. This carrier will be out for 12 weeks or longer due to the open fracture and nerve damage. (This could have been a child building a snowman.)

So far, Kokomo letter carriers have suffered at least five on-the-job injuries this winter, not including all the hyperextensions and twisted knees due to the snow. If you see a carrier walking in the street, slow down; they are walking in the street because that is the clearest spot for them to walk because the customer has not shoveled the sidewalk.

Shoveling the snow is not stomping on it until the steps become a ski slope.

On Wednesday, it was witnessed, a customer dumped water on the front porch and walkway in front of the mailbox. This was reported to the police. The home owner and renter are both legally responsible to the postal service and the carrier for any and all injuries received on the job. This includes medical bills and lost wages.

Carriers can refuse to deliver your mail if they deem the situation to be unsafe. You may not care, but that carrier who was viciously attacked was my wife and a mother and may have permanent injuries.

Rick Emry


Revolution: ‘A full turn of the wheel’

Other than the fact that the first American settlements wouldn’t have survived had they not abandoned that picture-perfect “sharing” Thanksgiving for a less dramatic year-round market-based economy, America’s defining historical moment may be Paul Revere’s Ride. Yes, it was actually a ride but he wasn’t shouting, “The British are coming!”

Dan Hannan argues in his new book that it would have made no sense to yell such a thing to a population that at the time would have never thought of itself as anything but British: “What Paul Revere shouted was, ‘The regulars are out’ (or, according to one source, ‘The redcoats are out’). In America, as elsewhere in the Anglosphere, people had an ingrained distrust of standing armies, seeing them as instruments of internal repression.”

The larger point is that the American Revolution wasn’t about expelling a foreign power — at least not initially. Rather, it was about restoring well-established individual rights of British subjects (the colonists) being usurped by an arrogant King George (a centralized governmental power) and his redcoats (seminal versions of Homeland Security, FBI, IRS, etc.), the instruments of that usurpation. And those rights, both the King and Paul Revere would have known, were not invented self-serving on the spot. They dated back to 1642 and the English Civil War fought over the very same principle, i.e., that historically exceptional relationship between a free people and their limited government that is both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Finally, Hannan reminds us that the 18th-century meaning of the word “revolution” did not imply so much the changing of things but the restoration of things: “When they [the colonists] used the word ‘revolution,’ they meant it in the sense of a full turn of the wheel, a restoration of that which had been placed the wrong way up.”

If there is a difference between that situation and ours, it escapes this writer.

Craig Ladwig

Fort Wayne