It’s hard to name a more popular, familiar or reliable government entity than the Postal Service. Even in a wired world, snail mail still reigns vital, delivering medicine, election ballots and e-commerce goods. Hitting mailboxes soon: those $1,200 relief checks.
But this bedrock institution has struggled financially for years, never getting the right mix of political support and reform it needs. Now the coronavirus has arrived to worsen matters more.
Since the onset of the pandemic, mail volume has nosedived by a third as businesses skip advertising pitches and circulars that normally flood through door slots. That drop-off is likely to deepen, one reason the service sought $10 billion from the recent $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress.