Sure, I am also someone who calls and is irritated when I get no paper. However, let me share some selfless gifts Tri-City Herald carriers bring to their customers.
These are the ones who notice when newspapers pile up. They not only place a hold on papers but either report this or look for a reason. Bailie, a wonderful young lady, shared a story about a disabled, elderly, uncomplaining gentlemen on her route. She noticed papers piling up on his porch. Upon investigating, she discovered his physical disability prohibited his retrieving the paper unless it was next to the door. The remedy was easy. Her personal attention was touching.
I know carriers notice much in the early hours of which no one else is aware. Their acuity and observation become the heartbeats and the safety nets of the community in the hours before sunrise. These are silent, responsive and caring members of our society. Early travelers, please watch for the safety of the carriers who are often adolescents, walking their routes. I worry about the potential dangers they could face and they reciprocally need our protection and appreciation. Thank you, carriers, for performing a difficult job and also for your caring vigilance.
JAN FRALEY, Kennewick