To the Editor: Our family began delivering the Morris Daily Herald in July of 2002. Our son was about to enter fourth grade when he agreed to deliver to subscribers in an area that is very close to our family home.
I did not want him to miss out on activities that take place after school, so I said that the route was to be a family effort and that I would deliver the papers when he couldn’t.
The next summer, we added a route in the downtown section and our daughter began helping. We kept the downtown route until our son graduated from eighth grade. Our daughter has continued with the original route and, five years ago, added a second route.
I’ve always been available to help and have enjoyed the exercise gained from delivering the newspaper. Over the 11 years, we’ve never had to use a substitute from outside our family.
We’ve always attempted to provide the subscriber with prompt delivery of a dry newspaper left in a convenient place. The best thing about the past 11 years is the relationships that we’ve developed with the people on the routes. The paper delivery became part of our daily life as well as the lives of the subscribers.
To be a part of their life and bring the newspaper to their home has been a great experience. Those on our routes have been most kind to us. Many of them have recognized the graduations and other accomplishments of our children. They have been very generous at Christmas and on other occasions. Their goodwill and support have made newspaper delivery a wonderful experience.
The Morris Herald has also been very generous, most kind, and very supportive.
Both of our children will be in college next year. Over the summer, I’ve struggled with the fact that we may need to give up the routes in August. This week, the decision about the paper routes was made for us. Carriers were informed that, starting on Aug. 20, the Morris Herald will be delivered by the postal service.
I understand that the newspaper industry is one that has changed greatly over the past few years. In order to remain viable and profitable, newspapers must be willing to meet the changing needs of their readers. Nevertheless, I feel that a great opportunity will no longer be available to the young people of Morris.
For many people in this community, their first real job was delivering the Morris Daily Herald. From this experience, they learned the importance of dependability and a sound work ethic. The lessons learned from delivering newspapers last a lifetime.
As we conclude our years of delivering the newspaper, our family is grateful to the Morris Herald for the opportunity that we’ve had to build relationships with the wonderful people on the routes. We are also very grateful for the many people whose kindness made our experience so very positive. Those on our routes are very special people.
It will be with a heavy heart that we deliver the papers for the last time on Aug. 17. Like many other Morris Herald carriers, we will miss delivering the newspaper.