"All right -- but if it's 46 cents to take a letter from one town in Missouri to another town in Missouri, how much would it cost to carry a letter from, say, New York to San Francisco?"
"It would cost the same, no matter how great the distance."
"That makes no sense at all. What about the cost of fuel? How can you charge the same amount for a letter to go five miles as you charge for it to go 3,000 miles?"
"Because that's what people will insist on."
It does sound impossible, doesn't it? It sounds like a plan so farfetched that it would never get off the ground.
Yet it has been an unquestioned part of the way we've always lived.
We no longer live that way. We expect our information to reach us instantly, on screens and phones and tablets, wherever we may be.
But we expect to receive our mail the old way, too.
It's an unenviable position for the people who run the Postal Service to be in.
See you at the cluster box.
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