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Growing up, I always found excitement in waiting for the mail. The mailman always greeted me with a curious wink, and asked what I was up to for the day. It was part of life for me as a preschooler.
Now that is all going to change.
Because of of the Internet, we no longer rely on snail mail to get our letters off to friends, family and businesses.
Why should we bother? we ask, when we can send a message across continents in seconds.
What about the art and intimacy of the personal handwritten note? The post office was once a meeting place for folks in the 30's, 40's, 60's and beyond. Now, as more satellite offices close, we are lucky to find one tucked away at our local food spot or strip center.
This is the beginning of an epidemic. With a crumbling economy, I see this as a domino effect to businesses internationally.
Sad part is, all we can do is stand by and watch it crumble. Post office may be going, gone by end of the year. Yahoo.com notes, rural counties are struggling to stay open at least through the election: Postal Service: Will keep rural post offices open.
Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business," Postmaster General Patrick Donahue said this summer.
Just another symptom of a failing economy, we may say. But where does this end? What major facility is going to close next? Will hospitals also close because of big government intervention due to lack of use, or worse; because of government dictates regarding what facilities will be approved to treat patients?
Personally, I don't like this helplessness. The United States economy as we know it, is evolving in a direction that makes me uneasy. Thousands of employee layoffs are inevitable, with the advent of more government and private industry closures.
I may not use the post office on a daily basis, I still want to know it is there for me when I need it.
It seems I will no longer enjoy that luxury.