Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office?

The postal service is not a federal agency. It does not cost taxpayers a dollar. It loses money only because Congress mandates that it do so. What it is is a miracle of high technology and human touch. It’s what binds us together as a country. … The letter is mailed from Gold Hill, Oregon. The 1,100 residents of this lingering gold-rush town, mostly mechanics and carpenters and retail clerks in other places, wake with the sun and end their days with walks to the aluminum mailbox bolted to a post at the edge of their yards. In between, Carrie Grabenhorst

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  • HeatherReporter

    Do you think this contributed to the situation the USPS is in, or would the USPS be facing its current situation anyway? ‘Postal Service Losing Out on Federal Contracts, Report Finds’

  • barry dennis

    The concept of a "communications system" that is the current model-the Post Office-isn’t entirely an anachonism, but the labor and business model IS. The romantic idea of "tying the country together"
    never entered Ben Franklin’s mind; he did however, feel that communications mechanisms were essential to promoting commercial and governmental interests, and that there had to be capability for the rapidly expanding country to communicate. by mail in the first instance. He would be first in line to embrace Internet and Smart Phones as simply better ways of commerce and communications.

  • HeatherReporter

    Clarification re: USPS relationship to the federal government: The United States Postal Service is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States.