Learning About the Post Office

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media | 0 comments

I’ve had nothing but good experiences with the Post Office. I don’t remember a package ever being damaged. I’m amazed that mail can travel across the country in only a day or two. When my son was young we took his Tiger Cub group to visit our local Post Office. To me, something about carrying personal messages touches on the sacred. When I hear that the post office is having a hard time my heart sinks. One of my mail carriers in Denver has been so personable and kind. When I heard about the Saturday Delivery cutback I wanted to know more about what’s going on. I found out that Saturdays have been on the table since the 80s. Also the post office was once involved in censoring books.

In Policy Analysis (Postal Service) February 12th 1985, James Bovard writes:

“The early colonists inherited the tradition of government postal monopoly from Britain. In sixteenth-century England, the Tudor monarch outlawed private post in order to hinder communication between potentially rebellious subjects. Later, the monopoly was justified as a revenue raiser for the Crown. But even 270 years ago, private carriers were breaking the law and providing the public with better service than the government.”

Interesting facts about the Post Office, up to the 80s anyway, are at link below.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa047.html

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