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Are We About to Lose the Postal Service?

Obama has agreed to cut Saturday delivery, 2500 offices may close immediately and up to 16,000 by 2020, and Republicans want to end free door-to-door mail.

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The Republican strategy is clear. Reduce the post office’s presence in thousands of communities. Reduce the number of personal interactions with one’s letter carrier. Reduce service. Remove the post office from our everyday lives sufficiently so we will agree to its conversion to a private service supplied by profit making firms. What is the strategy for the rest of us?


David Morris is co-founder and vice president of the Institute for Local Self Reliance in Minneapolis, Minn., and director of its New Rules project.

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