Charlie Chamberlain

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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