Going Postal

Exactly two years ago I wrote a similar blog piece as this one. Not much has changed, but the rhetoric seems ramped up a decibel. Is this the end of Saturday mail delivery that we in the U.S. appreciate?

Writing is a passion for many people, including me. But what about letter writing? This year discussions resume concerning changes forth coming to one of the oldest government run agencies: the United States Post Office. A local carrier may not be local, nor may the mail come to your home on Saturdays.

The future seems slimmer, too. Less junk mail in the pack allows a lighter load, but also means less revenue. The carrier may become a mobile service, a moneymaking entity, selling everything from stamps to mini-shipping supplies. He or she may ask, “Would you like some bubble wrap to go along with your mail delivery today?”

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” will keep politicians from changing laws…

Granted, no one likes to stand in long lines at the local office, but how many trips should one carrier make on any given day? Should we burden carriers with an office and a delivery service? Already the neighborhood letter boxes have been locked and removed, or notices given that mail will not be picked up from those recognizable blue boxes.

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” will keep politicians from changing laws.

But, I ask you, what compares to the feel and smell of an actual letter? The sentiment a soldier receives, clutching hours later, tucking under the pillow as a piece of home held forever. Or the formal announcement of love’s future union? And who can forget the yearly overflow of Christmas wishes, lining our mantles, overflowing down the sides of our doors and windows, a sacred display second only to the nativity scene.

Consider an old postcard, stashed neatly in an album. Nothing from my email account can display such grandeur or raise my eyebrows with joy. But the best reason for supporting a local post office may be the excitement we all still feel when we open the door to a nicely packaged bundle. I feel the same rush whether it is an unexpected item or something I ordered, tracking it’s every move!

“The history of the United States Postal Service is rooted in a single, great principle: that every person in the United States – no matter who, no matter where – has the right to equal access to secure, efficient, and affordable mail service.”

 

Postal Service Takes Next Step in Optimizing Retail Network  

(July 26, 2011)

 

Delivering the Mail and More

 

 First Rural Routes by State

 

Delivery: Monday through Saturday since 1863

 

Rural residents have access to ‘mobile’ post offices

 

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