REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Leave the Danbury mailboxes alone

Come on. Leave the mailboxes alone. Are we so afraid of lawyers and lawsuits that we have stories like the one last w
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Come on. Leave the mailboxes alone.

Are we so afraid of lawyers and lawsuits that we have stories like the one last week from Danbury Township, the one about people not being allowed to have decorative mailboxes inside brick and stone pillars?

Apparently township trustees are worried about what happens if a driver strikes a one of the mailboxes, which certainly appear to be more durable than the usual tin box on a stick rural route customers have been used to for years, or the green plastic lump that has been showing up more and more. In the looks department (as well as for frustrating the occasional mental midget who thinks whacking mailboxes is good fun), the Mistic Bay mailboxes are a definite improvement.

Why the township would be liable in the first place -- aren't mailboxes technically the U.S. government's responsibilty? -- escapes us, although we understand the township's jitters about the lawsuit lottery and the legion of underemployed lawyers always willing to help someone play in hopes of claiming a third of the winning ticket.

Still and all, we're tired of everyone being told "thou shalt not" simply because of a few who can't take responsibility for their own actions.

There was a story a couple of years ago about a wayward van -- its driver was fleeing police -- crashing into a house on Campbell Street. Shall we outlaw houses too?

Time to draw the line. The mailbox seems to be as good a place as any to do that.

Leave 'em alone.