Letter: When newspaper delivery becomes littering


A few months ago I noticed that the weekly publication The Weekly Herald was not being delivered by the school kids as it has been for as long as I can remember. I imagine this is because of the labor laws/safety etc.

I always appreciated them delivering this to me because when they would come to collect their donation I could tell them that I appreciate the service they provided and could count on my donation as long as the paper made it to my doorstep.

Now, I believe what we have is adult car routes delivering the publication and it might not even make it to my driveway. I live near a paved alley with a duplex at the end of the road. The papers are dropped off at the entrance to the alley and the worst part is that last week’s papers are still there! At times I have seen them there for 3 weeks. Also, as I was driving home yesterday I saw some of these papers in the middle of the road? I don’t get it. Aren’t there laws on littering?

After 2 voicemails and 1 email I was able to get off the delivery list but this littering seems unacceptable to me.

Jim Petosa

  1. Your letter voices my thoughts exactly. My son and daughter delivered the Enterprise to our neighborhood for a couple of years. They really enjoyed it and took their responsibility to heart. My daughter was very upset when they sent her a termination letter, so were some of our neighbors. Now the quality of delivering has declined, our papers never make it to our driveway, or we never even get the paper. Our sidewalks are strewn with papers just haphazardly thrown out of a moving vehicle. It’s really disappointing for a small town paper to have gone so downhill with service and taking away the chance for kids to have a job.

  2. I was just about to call The Herald about these very things. Our neighborhood has rotting papers all over the sidewalk and street. The papers are just tossed everywhere. I hope they look into this matter soon.
    Robin Westbrook

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