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ALEX BEAM

‘Dear USPS . . .’

Amid post office cutbacks, a missive about the good, the bad, and the future of the United States Postal Service

I’ve always wondered which would go out of business first: the daily newspaper, organized religion, or the United States Postal Service. I used to pray that I wouldn’t pick up the Globe one day to read about my local post office closing. But that is exactly what has happened.

Four nearby post offices are among the 38 Massachusetts facilities slated for the ash heap of history. As you’ve probably read, the USPS has other, major changes in mind. It’s cutting staff as we speak, re-engineering its distribution system, and lengthening the delivery times for some first class mail. Over the years, it has added a few fillips. You can now buy stamps at the supermarket or over the phone, print stamped labels via the Internet, and so on.

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