Richard John on the end of Saturday mail delivery

Richard John, who presented the keynote at the 2009 Postal History Symposium and the author of Spreading the News: The American Postal System From Franklin to Morse, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times on the USPS announcement that it plans to end Saturday mail delivery.

John writes: “The post office is a public service with a civic mandate central to American business, society and civic culture — not a business. But if it is to survive, Congress must allow it to start acting like one.”