The development of ZIP codes by the U.S. Postal Service was intended to simplify the delivery of mail. But now, it seems, the Annapolis City Council thinks a ZIP code should confer a geographic imprimatur, too.
Council members voted 4-3 Monday night to encourage the postal service to limit Annapolis ZIP codes to the incorporated city's boundaries. Theoretically, backers said, that would mean someone just over the line in, say, booming, unincorporated Parole, somehow would be precluded from using "Annapolis" as a postal identity. Never mind that far more people have heard of Annapolis than Parole, or Cape St. Claire, or any one of a dozen other communities constituting greater Annapolis.
Yet in broaching this non-issue, Alderman Ellen O. Moyer, D-Ward 8, argued fuzzily, in our opinion, that those outside the city limits who use the Annapolis name can benefit without paying city taxes. The resolution says ZIP codes that cross the boundary nullify "the unique character of the city of Annapolis" and are turning our state capital into "a vaguely described geographical area."