We are looking for a dependable person.
Doesn’t sound like a hard request, does it? But, apparently, it is. For the last few weeks I have been delivering our newspapers, the Coastal Courier and Bryan County News to post offices and businesses. It’s not a hard job and, in fact, it’s sort of fun working in the early morning hours and watching the towns being so quiet during the early hours and then slowly starting to come to life as the sun starts rising. During the store stops I talk with the employees and customers saying hello and even throwing out a request, “If you know of a dependable person that might be interested in this job have the give me a call.” That’s when I hit a snag. Their faces kind of screw up a little and shake their heads. Finding a dependable person must be pretty dang hard because everyone I have asked has had a problem naming one. So, that’s my question, do you know a dependable person? Do you know someone you can count on?
I’ll even go a little farther. Do we as Americans have someone we can count on? Is it our President? Is it our congressman? Is it our senator? How about our governor?
So when I ask the question about finding someone who is dependable for delivering our newspaper, what does that say about us as a society when that’s a hard question?
I mentioned in my column last week that staying down or defeated is a choice. Why in the world would our country settle for anything less than the best? Why would we want to reward people for not working and seemingly put road blocks in front of the ones who are?
“What’s the publisher doing delivering the newspaper?” I was asked the other morning from a store manager.
“Why wouldn’t I,” was my simple answer. “The newspaper is important to me and even more important to the person or persons who are subscribers. They depend on us.”
So here’s what we are looking for.
We need a person who will be willing to work 15-20 hours per week, Tuesday and Wednesday night with most of the hours coming between 8 pm and 6am. It involves driving our company van to our Statesboro printing facility, loading the van with the newspapers and magazines that we produce and then delivering the newspapers to our stores and post offices. There is some lifting involved but nothing over 40 pounds.
This person will be working alone, but will also come in contact with store and postal workers. The majority of the hours will come on Tuesday night delivering the Coastal Courier. The remaining time on Wednesday will be delivering our newspaper, The Bryan County News in the Richmond Hill area.
This person must have a valid driver’s license, no CDL is required. This person must also be able to pass a drug screening. Pay starts at $10 per hour with monthly bonuses for performance.
That’s it. That’s what we need. I have to believe we can find a dependable person who is looking for some extra income or just someone looking for a part time position which keeps you active. Just email me at dmclelland@coastalcourier. com if you have any interest.
I also have to believe as we start our early voting that we can find a leader or leaders who we can find to be dependable and can deliver their promises much like we need someone to deliver our newspapers.
If you see me delivering newspapers say “Hey!”
Dee McLelland is Publisher of the Bryan County News and sister newspaper Coastal Courier.