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January 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

FedEx and UPS delays during snow

Not a sign of laziness

As an employee of one of the companies identified in the headline over reader Jonathan Love’s letter to the editor [“The duopoly of laziness,” Northwest Voices, Jan. 3], I was somewhat amused at the subhead using the word “laziness” and the general tone of the letter. Space does not permit me to explain what happens to large, multimodal transportation systems when major, long-term weather events occur. Suffice to say, snow was officially recorded on 11 days at Sea-Tac International Airport in December, including nine of the 10 days between Dec. 17 and 26.

Weather played havoc with every mode of transportation, from pedestrians and bicycles, to Metro Transit, Amtrak and airlines, to gasoline tankers and garbage trucks.

For FedEx and UPS, the timing was obviously poor because of the seasonal rush of holiday packages. We fought the weather the best we could. One truck from my hub went on the road toward the hills chained up for 15 days straight. But, chains didn’t help the ten trucks abandoned on the road in one day by a local facility, or the one truck from my facility stuck in a residential driveway for one and half days until a tow truck could get to it.

As for me, I have worked 16 out of the past 20 days, including Christmas Day. As for laziness, certainly haven’t seen any where I work. In fact, I tip my hat to all of those that delivered anything these past three weeks.

— Don Villeneuve, Renton

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