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Without Queen Isabella's vision, the entire course of history would have been changed.
October 14, 2009
...nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
It was supplied by William Mitchell Kendall of the firm of McKim, Mead & White, the architects who designed it in 1910.
(And the original adage stems from the works of our old friend Herodotus who couldn't say enough about the bravery of the Persian mounted postal couriers during the war against the Greeks in 500 B.C.)
And besides it’s not true anymore.
Because this venerable institution, that enlisted Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General in 1775, is being stopped.
The culprit is email.
Just takes a few seconds; you dash out something personal you can make impersonal, “Thank you very much for the lovely pasta maker.”
And, in the meantime, the postal system that bound a new Nation together, ensuring a free flow of ideas and today, not even paid for with taxpayer dollars, is in trouble.
The grizzly facts:
Mail volume is down by an expected 22.7 billion pieces.
Over 700 branches are closing.
The Government subsidized service faces a nearly $7 billion net loss, landing on the high-risk institution list, like Medicare and the 2010 census.
Newsweek Magazine recently asked a variety of management experts on how to turn
the old Pony Express into a 21st Century behemoth. Or, at least, survivor.
Some of the suggestions that I liked:
Get into the email business. Give everyone an email address when they’re born, and
make it better than the email you’re getting now, with added services, you pay a small fee for.
Increase service. Don’t drop from six to five day deliveries, as suggested. Make it seven. Make yourself indispensable.
There’s still something special about getting a letter from someone that takes the time to write. It’s always nice when you get a check in the mail too.
Sure, we get things we don’t like in the mail, but think how much faster we would get it with mail cutbacks. As someone else will figure out an instant way to make us miserable.
I’ll leave you with that convoluted logic, as I run out to get a book of stamps. Which are conveniently self-adhesive, first issued in 1974.
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