Post Office: Taking the Mail Out of Politics

An astronaut bound for the moon traverses the 240,000 miles in four days. A letter mailed from Boston to New York may take as much or more time to reach a destination only 229 miles away. In the process, it may be mangled, misdirected or destroyed. And, pace Herodotus, snow, rain, heat, gloom of night and archaic facilities continually slow, if they do not entirely stay, the U.S. mail's appointed rounds. Last week the Administration advanced a sensible if quixotic proposal to make the Post Office an efficient public service. "There is no...

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