John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
During the winter, I always found it be hard going while delivering mail. When sidewalks are not clear, you have to almost dance or walk a tightrope when carrying your mail pouch. When hidden ice was there, you could easily fall down and drop any mail that you are holding in your hand and pouch. Getting sprained ankles and sprained muscles was no fun. Icy steps can kill you. Because of the cold conditions, you have to get used to wearing only one glove on the hand that holds the mail. The other hand has to be bare to separate the mail. During a major snow storm, the customer will ask you why his mail is wet. They do not seem to notice that your uniform and mail pouch are also full of snow and wet. You tell them that that their mail is almost as dry as you are, but that is no excuse. You fall down their steps and they laugh at you. At least they could clean up the area to prevent it from happening again. Your pain is of no concern to them. Management thinks that safety hazards are a thing of your imagination, since their computers and the Domestic Mail Manual do not show such a reason for delay in delivering the mail. One day I had a dog that was half wolf that was attached to the back porch next to the mail box on a 25 foot chain. I twisted my ankle while in the process of escaping this dog. My boss felt that even though the dog was on a 25 foot chain, this was no reason to have a on the job injury because of it. When she went to the house to investigate my injury, the dog almost had her for lunch. She yelled at me for not telling her that the dog was on a 25 foot chain, even though she did not listen to me when I told her about it. She was really scared of this dog, but stated that the Domestic Mail Manual states that this is no excuse for a on the job injury. Maybe if the dog had actually got her, she might have thought differently. Most bosses depend on the computer or the D.M.M. to make any decisions on their job. They are afraid to think or act for themselves. They do not know how to make a proper decision by themselves. Their favorite phrase is: "Yes Sir!" to any of their bosses. You can help your mailman by keeping your sidewalks and steps as clean as possible (safe enough that you won't fall down yourself). We all want our mail on time, but sometimes illness, injuries, lack of enough personnel to carry the mail on regular time ( not overtime ), weather conditions and acts of God can delay the mail. Every mail carrier wants to do a great job of serving the public. Please help them out by making things safe for them to deliver your mail.