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Stop helicopter-parenting the Postal Service
Stop helicopter-parenting the Postal Service

Congress is like a helicopter parent when it comes to the U.S. mail. It wants the Postal Service to operate independently, without federal funding, and yet it hovers overhead, dictating every move of the organization — rate increases, days of delivery, employee benefits. That worked as long as snail mail was the main way of sending written communication, giving the Postal Service plenty of business. But as nearly everyone who pays bills — or who sends out invitations or shares photos with relatives or writes notes to friends — knows, the Internet is a whole lot faster and more convenient than the U.S. mail. The Postal Service has seen upticks in package delivery because of...

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