Let’s save the Postal Service

President Trump recommends the service quadruple its rates to stay in business. Postal leaders are asking for more federal funds.

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May 12, 2020 - 9:50 AM

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, wearing a face mask because of concerns about COVID-19, in Chicago on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Photo by John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Like most Americans, Julie Buckles, the owner of Honest Dog Books in tiny Bayfield, Wis., has had to be flexible in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Overnight, we went from hosting music, literary discussions and poetry readings to shipping books all over the country,” she told me.

With her bookstore shuttered, Buckles is now relying on the U.S. Postal Service to stay in business. Honest Dog staff will even select a used book to “suit your mood,” based on your answers to a few personal questions. The cost: just $9, plus $4 for postal delivery.

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