Governments guilty of ID theft on grand scale

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Historic post office building now up for grabs, Sept. 25.

In times like these it probably doesn't appear to mean much when a town's post office becomes just another piece of real estate, albeit historic.

However, I remember vividly when the Dundas post office staff told patrons they would have to go to Shoppers Drug Mart to buy their stamps, post their letters or visit their mailboxes. Over a period of time the staff continued sorting mail and dealing with commercial customers while the protests faded.

The point to all this, the deadly serious point, is that what a post office means to a town or city is not something that ought to be taken away without the consent of its citizens.

But then I suppose, the fact that Dundas Town Hall isn't a town hall anymore ought to mean that protesting the selling of the post office building is rather pointless.

In a society that makes so much fuss about identity theft, someone ought to do the math and see that our own governments at all levels are guilty of identity theft on a scale unimagined and certainly undeclared. The Dundas post office was profoundly important to the collective identity of Dundas and parts of Flamborough which it served.

A final thought on identity theft: If the forced amalgamation of the former suburbs doesn't qualify as profound identity theft, then I don't know what does.

Fred Napoli, Greensville

Governments guilty of ID theft on grand scale

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Historic post office building now up for grabs, Sept. 25.

In times like these it probably doesn't appear to mean much when a town's post office becomes just another piece of real estate, albeit historic.

However, I remember vividly when the Dundas post office staff told patrons they would have to go to Shoppers Drug Mart to buy their stamps, post their letters or visit their mailboxes. Over a period of time the staff continued sorting mail and dealing with commercial customers while the protests faded.

The point to all this, the deadly serious point, is that what a post office means to a town or city is not something that ought to be taken away without the consent of its citizens.

But then I suppose, the fact that Dundas Town Hall isn't a town hall anymore ought to mean that protesting the selling of the post office building is rather pointless.

In a society that makes so much fuss about identity theft, someone ought to do the math and see that our own governments at all levels are guilty of identity theft on a scale unimagined and certainly undeclared. The Dundas post office was profoundly important to the collective identity of Dundas and parts of Flamborough which it served.

A final thought on identity theft: If the forced amalgamation of the former suburbs doesn't qualify as profound identity theft, then I don't know what does.

Fred Napoli, Greensville

Governments guilty of ID theft on grand scale

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Historic post office building now up for grabs, Sept. 25.

In times like these it probably doesn't appear to mean much when a town's post office becomes just another piece of real estate, albeit historic.

However, I remember vividly when the Dundas post office staff told patrons they would have to go to Shoppers Drug Mart to buy their stamps, post their letters or visit their mailboxes. Over a period of time the staff continued sorting mail and dealing with commercial customers while the protests faded.

The point to all this, the deadly serious point, is that what a post office means to a town or city is not something that ought to be taken away without the consent of its citizens.

But then I suppose, the fact that Dundas Town Hall isn't a town hall anymore ought to mean that protesting the selling of the post office building is rather pointless.

In a society that makes so much fuss about identity theft, someone ought to do the math and see that our own governments at all levels are guilty of identity theft on a scale unimagined and certainly undeclared. The Dundas post office was profoundly important to the collective identity of Dundas and parts of Flamborough which it served.

A final thought on identity theft: If the forced amalgamation of the former suburbs doesn't qualify as profound identity theft, then I don't know what does.

Fred Napoli, Greensville