EDITOR’S DESK: Fractious about fractions
Every now and then, in the world of “normal” news, along comes one that you never saw coming. This week that would be the
addressing issue. It's hard to know what to make of it - in part because some of the information remains elusive. Conspiracy
theorists could have a field day with this, if they wanted... a non-directed cabal of employees from a range of government
departments at the city, county and federal level, talking about, well... addresses. Not that exciting on the face of it, except for
the aspect about the U.S. Postal Service deciding it is empowered to change our addresses anytime it wants, without even
asking if we like the idea.
There's something unsavory about such apparent arrogance, especially when it seems to be insane. If we accept that the goal is to replace address fractions with letters, then why did the post office insist that Dave Hughes' tenant at
6 1/2 N. 24th St. be given 6 - the same address that he has? Then there's the statement on the postal side that it has already changed about 30 addresses in the past two years, 5 of them in Old Colorado City. Yet the very entities that need to know this information (Regional Building, the Fire Department, 911) express ignorance of it. Imagine a 911 scenario where the resident in a crisis states his address as, let's just say, 25A (thanks to the Postal Service change). But 911 might still show it as 25 1/2. So precious, life-threatening seconds could be lost while the 911 folks figure out where it really is. And don't go to the Assessor's Office for help. Its computer system doesn't allow fractions to be entered.
In the end, I think we should heed our Westside traditions, like Dave Hughes says. Fraction addresses are historic over here, by cracky, and if the post office has a problem with that, well... upgrade the dolgurned software!