Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan has declared his home as the city's first official Operation Safe Haven spot, part of a three-month pilot program that will designate homes and businesses as refuges for postal carriers who are the victims of physical or verbal assaults during their rounds.Look, I certainly do not wish harm upon any mail carriers, and I know that here in the big city carriers walk the vast majority of their routes and cannot make a hasty getaway in those little jeeps. But there has not been an epidemic of violence against postal workers, or at least not one that has been publicized. Some pretty serious googling behind me--I don't want to be a complete jerk if there's something real going on--shows only that, in fact, postal workers are less likely to be injured on the job than the average worker.
Donovan will discuss the initiative during a Monday news conference.
Mostly, this just fits Bob Donovan's pattern of never-ending self promotion as a lawnorder tuffguy. Mail carriers face danger, he says, and then offers his own home as protection from the evildewers that are hiding behind every lamp post in town. We see it time and time again, from his demanding that the National Guard patrol the streets of Milwaukee to demanding the power to appoint a schools czar to clamp down on things, Donovan is never far away from his fax machine and a boorish idea.