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Thursday, October 10, 2013
What has befallen the United States Postal Service? When I was a kid we used to have twice-daily delivery, and I remember the anticipation of seeing that special item ordered from the back of a breakfast cereal box coming through the mail slot in our front door.
In 1968, mail call at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, during military basic training eased my homesickness during my first and longest period away from my family and friends. Mail sustained me through my entire four-year hitch.
Now, even though I primarily use the Internet for communication, I know my holiday greeting cards as well as birthday, sympathy and anniversary cards delivered by postal workers will delight and comfort recipients.
I mostly use the post office to send and receive packages. Their new priority service is a hit with me. I have noticed for some time that even their package-handling competitors contract the USPS to deliver packages. I am pleased the big commercial carriers are doing their part to keep the service afloat.
But the news is bad, and the United States Postal Service's future is murky. I hope the USPS reaches out to us and suggests what we appreciative customers can do to help.
- Rick Barrow, a reader in Christiansburg
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