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  • As a libertarian, I don't think it's appropriate for the government to handle this service

    But it was at one point in time. Some 200+ years ago, pre-Internet, pre-phone, pre-everything else, the US Mail was absolutely critical to the infrastructure of the country. Nowadays, sure, if the USPS disappeared, we'd route around it, but back then, it was as important as the highway system is to us today.



    • by ajtaylor (1283) on 2003.03.05 13:02 (#17737) Homepage Journal
      An excellent point Andy! I think that in some areas (like getting a letter to Grandma who isn't on the 'net) the USPS is still very important. While I might complain about stamp price increases, it's still the cheapest way to get a letter from point A to point B by a long shot. And it's a whole lot more reliable than mail delivery in other countries, so we should be grateful it's as good as it is. We should also thank competition for helping keep it that way. :-)
      "Perl users are the Greatful Dead fans of computer science." --slashdot comment
      • the USPS is still very important

        I agree. I love the USPS. Like I said, great guys, they always get my mail there, and they risked their necks for me the other day.

        While I might complain about stamp price increases

        I don't, because of the very reason you mentioned. The postal service is a spectacular bargain! They are also very reliable in my experience, despite the fact that everyone says otherwise.

        We should also thank competition for helping keep it that way.

        My dad thinks competition mad

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Ever sent mail in Europe?

        I complain about stamp prices too, but that's
        because I'm a crotchety young man :-P

        (Below is based on my experiences in BE in 1995)
        Even in heavily socialized western Europe were
        state industry is still relatively common postage
        is outrageous, a letter cost over $1 to send.
        Were that I say, pancakes?