By Marie Powell
Center for Rural Affairs

Post offices are crucial anywhere, but especially crucial in rural areas that depend on the postal service to stay connected through news delivery, services crucial to businesses, and, in some communities, a link to prescription drugs and other services. The mail service is a national treasure that has been in operation for 240 years. Every day, the Postal Service provides affordable, universal mail service to all—without using taxpayer dollars for its operation. The Center for Rural Affairs has signed letters of support for continuing reliable, affordable 6-day mail delivery from the US Postal Service. Particularly for remote rural citizens, the service is a lifeline. Nearly 10,000 people have signed the pledge.

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by Jyll Phillips

Not long ago in this column I pronounced my intention to embrace all new aches and pains as a symbol of being alive and being able to feel. I wasn’t going to worry about my “maturity” because I’m just so darn happy to be here. In the last few days, much to my chagrin, I have discovered that I may not be aging gracefully. It started when I needed to move a box at work. A big box.

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