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March 11, 2013

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Mail complaints

As a retired letter carrier, I can’t believe the complaints by some people regarding their mail. First, if your mailbox is 30 feet from the street and we have two feet of snow, you will not receive mail if you don’t plow or shovel to get access to your mailbox, whether it’s a walking route or a curb-side route. If you have trouble with the Shawsheen post office, use the blue boxes or talk to the postmaster. The government does not dictate the time for lunch. People like this probably still think their taxes pay for postal salaries.

New faces

This is regarding the election of Methuen School Committee members in the fall. There are going to be a few vacant seats. I agree with Ms. Quinn’s remark that “it is time for new faces and ideas. When people stick around for too long, things get stagnant and people get set in their ways.” And Robert Vogler, who served on the committee for 35 years and lost in the 2011 election, is planning to run again. I would ask him to rethink his plans.

‘Fat letters’

Regarding “fat letters.” Some seem to think the teachers and schools are responsible for generation of the letter to parents about each child’s BMI. The screening, letter and follow up information are from the Department of Public Health. They are generated from the school nurse’s office after each child is weighed and measured. The teachers have absolutely nothing to do with it. It never pleases a school nurse to send letters home that upset parents but is part of the job description. With the obesity rates in this country, public health is attempting to get to parents and kids early in their school years. Please look at the information for what it is and don’t shoot the messenger!

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