State’s feeble mailboxes no match for snow

A state-issue mailbox shortly after its installation a few years ago during sidewalk work in Portsmouth. A state-issue mailbox shortly after its installation a few years ago during sidewalk work in Portsmouth.
A state-issue mailbox shortly after its installation a few years ago during sidewalk work in Portsmouth.

A state-issue mailbox shortly after its installation a few years ago during sidewalk work in Portsmouth.

To the editor:
Several weeks ago this newspaper printed a letter I wrote about snowplow damage to mailboxes on Peckham Road in Little Compton.
After Peckham Road, a short portion of Long Highway and Colebrook Road was repaved a few months ago and the existing mailboxes were removed and replaced by the state.
Unfortunately these mailboxes were unable to resist the force of heavy, wet snow pushed against them by snowplows. The damage can be one, two or all three of the following: mailbox bent at the top of the pipe post, mailbox doors will not close and pipe post bent at the bottom.
Damage can be reported by calling 401-734-4842 and connecting to a woman who will file your claim. According to her, the state will replace only a damaged mailbox. She said $50 will be offered to repair a bent post.
It seems that individuals are on their own to straighten all the mailboxes that are bent at the top of the post.
These inferior mailboxes are a sorry sight. The state should repair, preferably replace, these mailboxes without individuals having to report each and every problem.
Walter S. Cluett
Little Compton

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