As a Caledonia resident who has long-disliked (to put it mildly) being forced to use Racine as my mailing address, I applaud the efforts of Tom Christensen and Ed Willing to obtain a new zip code for Caledonia.

For years, I have had arguments with and been berated by the jackboots of the "postal service" (and I am using that term loosely here) over whether my mail would be delivered or not if I put Caledonia as my address (which is where I live, duh), as opposed to putting down Racine.

Many times I was told that my mail might not be delivered if Caledonia was written as my address. Where would it go then? Apparently, some cavernous "lost box," ne'er to be seen again. It always seemed these postal workers were more interested in finding ways of not having to do their world, that being delivering mail.

Before moving to Caledonia, I lived in the Brigadoonesque, mythical town of Bay View on Milwaukee's south side. This is not a real village nor a real town, but just a neighborhood area of Milwaukee. Yet much of my mail was addressed to Bay View, Wisconsin 53172 and it always was delivered with no problem. Kind of ironic, don't you think?

We have all heard the old adage "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers ..." However, at least in Caledonia, it appears that putting Caledonia on your address surpasses any of these tumults.

Dan Hosmanek



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