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    I have limited mobility, and have put in a request to our HOA board to
    install a mailbox at my door so I don't need to get my mail at the
    community mail boxes. I was initially turned down for this. Now they
    say I can have a mailbox installed at my home only for the times I am
    in a cast (frequently). However, even when I'm not in a cast, I have
    significant mobility issues.

    The USPS is willing to make the home delivery, but I must have a
    mailbox at my door. In my previous condo, the board always granted
    home delivery, but restricted where the mailbox could be installed,
    and had to approve the design/style of the mailbox.

    I'd like to know legally what the HOA board must approve.

    I live in a handicap-accessible condo which I specifically bought
    because of my handicap.


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    "colotinker@msn.com" wrote in misc.legal.moderated:
    I have limited mobility, and have put in a request to our HOA board toinstall a mailbox at my door so I don't need to get my mail at thecommunity mail boxes. I was initially turned down for this. Now theysay I can have a mailbox installed at my home only for the times I amin a cast (frequently). However, even when I'm not in a cast, I havesignificant mobility issues.
    Why not a mail _slot_ rather than a mail _box_? It would probably be
    easier for you since you wouldn't have to open your front door.
    I live in a handicap-accessible condo which I specifically boughtbecause of my handicap.
    If you bought it with these restrictions in place, I don't think you
    can now turn around and say that you insist on changes.

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    >Why not a mail _slot_ rather than a mail _box_? It would probably be
    easier for you since you wouldn't have to open your front door.
    It depends on what the issue is. It may be that the condo board doesn't want
    the mail carriers wandering around the complex. There may be semi-plausible
    justifications for this, e.g., security and/or privacy issues. (Strictly
    speaking, the US Postal Service does have the right to go wherever they feel
    they need to go, however...)

    The issue also might be that the cluster mailboxes are a focus for community
    activities: in other words, this might be an assisted living facility where the
    staff specifically wants to force the residents to find a way to get out of the
    house long enough to get the mail, even those residents who have "mobility
    issues." (Colleges often have arrangements like this: instead of delivering
    mail to dorm rooms, students pick up their mail at a centrally-located mailbox.
    This is done in large part to create another place where students can interact
    with each other. But I digress...)


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    Stan Brown wrote:
    "colotinker@msn.com" wrote in misc.legal.moderated:
    I have limited mobility, and have put in a request to our HOA board toinstall a mailbox at my door so I don't need to get my mail at thecommunity mail boxes. I was initially turned down for this. Now theysay I can have a mailbox installed at my home only for the times I amin a cast (frequently). However, even when I'm not in a cast, I havesignificant mobility issues.
    Why not a mail _slot_ rather than a mail _box_? It would probably be easier for you since you wouldn't have to open your front door.
    I live in a handicap-accessible condo which I specifically boughtbecause of my handicap.
    If you bought it with these restrictions in place, I don't think you can now turn around and say that you insist on changes.
    Except that the ADA requires that the HOA make "reasonable"
    accomodations for OP's disability. Whether a mailbox at OP's door is
    "reasonable" is of course arguable. If it's important, OP should
    consult a lawyer. If it's not worth consulting a lawyer over, I guess
    OP will have to live with whatever the Board says.


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    parts of the brain or they can be brought to
    the surface by electrical stimulation. Hallucinations can be induced
    or moods changed by drugs. There may or may not be an immaterial human
    soul, but if there is one it clearly is less powerful that the
    biological mechanisms of human behavior. For if that were not the case
    then researchers would not be able so easily to manipulate human
    feelings and behavior with drugs and electrical currents.

    158. It presumably would be impractical for all people to have
    electrodes inserted in their heads so that they could be controlled by
    the authorities. But the fact that human thoughts and feelings are so
    open to biological intervention shows that the problem of controlling
    human behavior is mainly a technical problem; a problem of neurons,
    hormones and complex molecules; the kind of problem that is accessible
    to scientific attack. Given the outstanding record of our society in
    solving technical problems, it is overwhelmingly probable that great
    advances will be made in the control of human behavior.

    159. Will public resistance prevent the introduction of technological
    control of human behavior? It certainly would if an attempt were made
    to introduce such control all at once. But since technological control
    will be introduced through a long sequence of small advances, there
    will be no rational and effective public resistance. (See paragraphs




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    system it causes pain
    to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the
    manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a
    "cure" for a "sickness" and therefore as good.

    156. In paragraph 127 we pointed out that if the use of a new item of
    technology is INITIALLY optional, it does not necessarily REMAIN
    optional, because the new technology tends to change society in such a
    way that it becomes difficult or impossible for an individual to
    function without using that technology. This applies also to the
    technology of human behavior. In a world in which most children are
    put through a program to make them enthusiastic about studying, a
    parent will almost be forced to put his kid through such a program,
    because if he does not, then the kid will grow up to be, comparatively
    speaking, an ignoramus and therefore unemployable. Or suppose a
    biological treatment is discovered that, without undesirable
    side-effects, will greatly reduce the psychological stress from which
    so many people suffer in our society. If large numbers of people
    choose to undergo the treatment, then the general level of stress in
    society will be reduced, so that it will be possible for the system to
    increase the stress-producing pressures. In fact, something like this
    seems to have happened already with one of our society's most
    important psychological tools for enabling people to reduce (or at
    least temporarily escape from) stress, namely, mass entertainment (see
    paragraph 147). Our use of mass entertainment is "optional": No law
    require



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    and that no other goal can be
    allowed to compete with this one. For the rest, revolutionaries should
    take an empirical approach. If experience indicates that some of the
    recommendations made in the foregoing paragraphs are not going to give
    good results, then those recommendations should be discarded.

    TWO KINDS OF TECHNOLOGY



    207. An argument likely to be raised against our proposed revolution
    is that it is bound to fail, because (it is claimed) throughout
    history technology has always progressed, never regressed, hence
    technological regression is impossible. But this claim is false.

    208. We distinguish between two kinds of technology, which we will
    call small-scale technology and organization-dependent technology.
    Small-scale technology is technology that can be used by small-scale
    communities without outside assistance. Organization-dependent
    technology is technology that depends on large-scale social
    organization. We are aware of no significant cases of regression in
    small-scale technology. But organization-dependent technology DOES
    regress when the social organization on which it depends breaks down.
    Example: When the Roman Empire fell apart the Romans' small-scale
    technology survived because any clever village craftsman could build,
    for instance, a water wheel, any skilled smith could make steel by
    Roman methods, and so forth. But the Romans' organization-dependent
    technology DID regress. Their aqueducts fell into disrepair and were
    never rebuilt. Their techniques of road constr



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