Monday, July 05, 2010

Celebrating America's Freedom, Peanut Butter and the Postal Service

Columnist Dan Rodricks writes on the Baltimore Sun's website, "A foreign student I knew in college said he loved America for three reasons: our freedoms, the quality of our peanut butter and the excellence of our postal service. He thought it was cool that we could gather and protest anything we wanted to, whenever we wanted to. He thought the famous brands of peanut butter on the supermarket shelves were all good. And he was absolutely amazed that he could mail a letter from Connecticut on a Monday and have it reach almost anywhere in the country by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest....and this was a Canadian talking - not someone who'd escaped the Soviet bloc"

He goes on to pen, "Americans have always complained about the postal service, and I've had my issues with it from time to time. But, all things considered, when you step back and regard mail delivery over the years, throughout the American story, it rises to something like a daily miracle. Complaints about it are a measure of how spoiled we are."

To read the entire article, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM