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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Re: "Porch it, please," (Forum, July 5):

J. Kevin Bischoff need never suffer with a wet newspaper again. Customers can and should call MediaOne and have a dry one delivered to replace a wet one. The carrier will be penalized on his/her paycheck every time a complaint is made. Customers may also request that their paper be porched daily.

Things have changed in recent years. Adults now are newspaper carriers. I happen to be a 57-year-old grandmother doing this to make ends meet because of the recession. Gas costs have risen and we are not reimbursed for mileage. Every time I stop my car to get out and porch a paper I'm getting 0 mpg.

This past winter was very snowy, as Bischoff indicated. I got stuck in the snow and fell on the ice several times while delivering papers to porches. This spring and summer I have had to run through the sprinklers in the chilly morning air to porch papers when there is no other path to the porch. A couple of weeks ago I was bitten by a dog while porching a paper.

Porching newspapers is not as easy as Bischoff makes it sound.

Susan Lunt


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