I Love the Post Office
Published on October 3, 2011 by Sara Foss

Am I the only person who's disturbed by all this talk of gutting the U.S. Postal Service?

I love the post office! I can see where certain changes might make sense - perhaps we don't really need Saturday mail service anymore. And I think it's safe to say that the Internet has changed how people correspond, and made it possible to pay all your bills without affixing a stamp to an envelope. But there are still people without broadband Internet in this country, and the post office provides a valuable link to the rest of the world.

Also, the Post Office is just a cool place. When I was little, it was a community hub, and I greatly enjoyed going to check our post office box at the little red post office on School Street. I almost saw someone I knew there, and I prided myself on knowing the combination to the box and being able to check the mail myself. In college, the mailroom served a similar function. I often ran into my friends there, and when our house hosted a party, we taped our invitations to our friends' mailboxes. I'm sure today's students simply email their party invitations, but I have a hard time believing that the college mailroom no longer serves a purpose. Parents still send birthday cards. Don't they?

Rumors of the U.S. Postal Service's demise disturb me. The post office is a good thing. Stamps are cool. Although I was also a little disturbed by the Postal Service's recent decision allowing living people to be pictured on stamps. I don't know why this bothered me so much - maybe because I used to collect stamps? My fear is that the first living person to be pictured on a stamp would end up getting indicted for some sort of crime the very next day. Why do I think this? BECAUSE YOU JUST NEVER KNOW ABOUT PEOPLE. That's why. Better to wait until they're dead, and you're fairly certain that they haven't committed some great act of evil.

But I digress.

All I know is that every time I mail something, I'm much more appreciative for what we have. Let's not do anything rash.

In a lengthy essay, David Morris makes the case for saving the Post Office in On the Commons.


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