Carriers have difficult jobs when torrents happen

| January 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 2:00 pm

Carriers have difficult jobs when torrents happen

SWEET TALK by Will Chapman

The Daily Iberian


It’s not news that we had a heck of a lot of rain Wednesday and Thursday, enough to close local schools, enough to cause some individuals and businesses to need sandbags to try to combat rising water, enough to flood many streets and cause plenty of problems.

Among those problems was trying to deliver your newspaper under adverse conditions and to try to keep it dry until you got to it. Those plastic bags we and other newspapers use are at best “weather resistant” not weather proof.

We had several carriers on Thursday whose homes were surrounded by high water and who were going to have trouble just getting out to do their routes, plus others who deliver to areas where flooded streets meant they couldn’t get to every home on their routes.

When that happens, the best we can do is to hold onto your paper and deliver it the next day. We realize you want today’s paper today but when roads are blocked with deep water, it’s not safe to try to drive on them, plus nearby residents understandably don’t want vehicles creating waves that might cause water to get into their homes or their vehicles.

If your delivery was affected by the weather, I apologize but hope you will take into consideration the unusual circumstances of the extra rains of the past couple of days.

I sure appreciate the hard conditions our carriers had to work under. I’ve delivered papers in bad weather and it’s no fun. You get plenty wet when it’s pouring down rain and you have to constantly open your window to deliver the paper, or that you are going around with soaked shoes because you’ve had to traipse through water to deliver papers to subscribers.

Those who service our paper boxes or drop papers at local stores have tough conditions to contend with as well, as do those in our Circulation Department who have to be out and about while it’s storming.

It comes with the territory and for sure there are other professions that require workers to be out in bad weather. It’s not easy for any, and I’m grateful to those who worked under these challenging conditions.

I suspect any drought conditions we’ve faced from shortages of rain in previous months must either be behind us, or well on their way to being caught up.


A few more interesting headlines from a list emailed me by a Sweet Talk reader:

• Study shows frequent sex enhances pregnancy chances (do you think it took a lot of study to reach that conclusion?).

• Bridges help people cross rivers (and that’s news because?).

• City unsure why the sewer smells (and voters are unsure about that city’s leadership?).

• Worker suffers leg pain after crane drops 800-pound ball on his head.

That last one deserves some thought.

It’s an effective headline in that who could pass up that story, and not read what happened? How did dropping the ball on the guy’s head cause leg pain? How could he even survive having an 800-pound ball dropped on his head?

A headline like that would likely see the paper selling more papers that day.



WILL CHAPMAN is publisher of The Daily Iberian.


Friday, January 11, 2013 2:00 pm.

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