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Edit: Operate USPS As Business

Those of us in the newspaper industry have to empathize with the U.S. Postal Service. While we certainly wouldn't give up the Internet, with its wealth of information and convenient methods of communication, we can't deny the global network has taken a toll on our line of work. Want to find out the latest news? Pull up your favorite news website - no need to wait for the print edition. Want to write a letter? Forget about your stationery - just send an email. But while many newspapers are adapting - albeit some more reluctantly than others - to this brave new digital world by beefing up online content and posting updates on social media, it's far too late for the USPS to consider jumping on the email and online bill paying service bandwagon. That's why the agency needs to bolster and evolve its other services, ones that cannot simply be replaced by the click of a mouse or keyboard/Holly Bowen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Do you think the USPS should operate as a business?

Irony alert on postal protest

This just in: Members of the postal unions and community supporters are planning a protest on Sept. 27 in every congressional district, asking the honorable congresspersons to do everything in their power to save the Postal Service.

That includes a demonstration outside Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office at 10 N. Post tomorrow from 4 to 5:30 p.m, the Washington Labor Council says.

And how did we find out about this? By e-mail.

So maybe we have a first-hand demonstration of what's at the heart of U.S. Postal Service's problem.

To be fair, the editors in Spokane mentioned that we did get a notice last week about the protest by mail. But we apparently only received one…perhaps postage was too expensive to send more?